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Lubrication of Reese 5th Wheel Sliding Hitch to Maintain Function

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I have a Reese 30051 16k 5th wheel hitch. What lubrication is required?

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According to the owners manual, the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Square Tube Slider - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # RP30051 requires that you lubricate skid plate surface of the hitch with automotive type chassis grease ( like # L11315 ) or use a plastic lube plate ( like # RP83002 ) to provide a lubricated surface. Use engine oil to lubricate pivot points of moving parts within the hitch.

The integrated leaf spring also must be greased using white lithium grease or equivalent. For
best results, they recommend you use aerosol white lithium grease with a spray nozzle extension, making sure the entire underside of spring is coated. Repeat this application monthly during use.

Coat top & side surfaces of slide tube and roller holes (6 places) in each slider assembly with all purpose grease or teflon lube as needed. Repeat this application monthly during use.

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