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Posted: 11/02/13 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rhagfo try to red on in his follow op next post instead of being
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Posted: 11/02/13 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

luggage wrote:

At the moment the 5th wheel is not hitched to TV. The hitch is in the locked position,that is to say the jaw is closed and not open. When I pull the lever out and back the jaw is open position. I just wondered if fifth wheel hitches require a lot of upper body strength to pull. Maybe need grease. Can you adjust them to reduce the required pulling to open jaws to receive the King pin?


No need to pull handle and OPEN jaw before hitching.

Just pull safety pin out and flip the latch up....then with the king pin plate set just slightly lower then the hitch plate back into hitch.
King pin will push jaw open and the jaw will close around king pin.

Do a visual check that hitch is latched (jaw wrapped around king pin) flip latch down and install safety pin.

When unhitching.....if handle is tough to pull place truck in neutral, take front off brake, let truck settle (slightly move) then put brake back on and truck in park. This will relief any tension on hitch jaw and king pin.

Try it and see if it is easier.


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Posted: 11/02/13 04:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 on what Old-Biscuit said.

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Posted: 11/02/13 04:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

luggage wrote:

At the moment the 5th wheel is not hitched to TV. The hitch is in the locked position,that is to say the jaw is closed and not open. When I pull the lever out and back the jaw is open position. I just wondered if fifth wheel hitches require a lot of upper body strength to pull. Maybe need grease. Can you adjust them to reduce the required pulling to open jaws to receive the King pin?


No need to pull handle and OPEN jaw before hitching.

Just pull safety pin out and flip the latch up....then with the king pin plate set just slightly lower then the hitch plate back into hitch.
King pin will push jaw open and the jaw will close around king pin.

Do a visual check that hitch is latched (jaw wrapped around king pin) flip latch down and install safety pin.

When unhitching.....if handle is tough to pull place truck in neutral, take front off brake, let truck settle (slightly move) then put brake back on and truck in park. This will relief any tension on hitch jaw and king pin.

Try it and see if it is easier.


I also have the Husky 16k. If you don't pull the handle you're not hooking up. It won't force the hitch open AFAIK.

X2 on once trailer is set up and your ready to unhitch put the TV in neutral and let the truck settle. Set the emergency brake and put it in park. That takes the load off the hitch and it's not hard to pull the handle.


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Posted: 11/02/13 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been hitching up that way with my 16K Husky every week for the past 7 yrs.
Works like a charm.
King pin pushes against jaw.....handle moves out......king pin slips past jaw.......handle snaps shut/jaw wraps king pin.

AFAIK other than sliding bar type hitches.....should work.

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Posted: 11/03/13 04:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a dually so I use a 2 step folding stool. I sometimes find that I have to move the truck into reverse to take pressure off of the hitch. The 5er is chocked before I pull the handle. When on the road I put the stool in front of the rear seat on the drivers side. Things disappear from the bed of the truck when going down the road. When the truck and the 5er are in the right position, the handle will release without hardly any muscle power. My 35 cents worth.


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Posted: 11/03/13 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It should not be difficult to release the latch from the kingpin.

Can you identify which locking style you have? A, B, C or D or other if there is one.

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The clamshell WILL be forced open by the kingpin when hitching. As you push the kingpin into the jaws the arm will extend. I believe the clamshell style is best as I always knew when the kingpin was fully seated in the hitch as the handle would snap into the return position when fully seated.

It seems to me that the only time there was a need for any force is when the trailer is pulling toward the rear against the locking jaws. If you block the RV wheels at the rear and push the trailer/truck against the blocks, the pressure should be released and the arm should release easily.

I do not know the operation of the other types of latches.


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Posted: 11/03/13 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although I have a different hitch (Super Glide slider) I find that the unlatching process is ALWAYS harder if the truck and unit are not perfectly aligned with each other. The more the trailer is turned, the harder the handle is to pull to unhook. Just something to think about.[emoticon]

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Posted: 11/03/13 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rhagfo wrote:

jimwooster wrote:

I have the Husky 16k and fought with it too. Discovered that once you get set up either to hook or unhook once you lock in the hitch just put the truck in neutral and it takes the pressure off. Works every time.


Great way to see your truck roll down the next slight grade!


Rhagfo...Did you see my follow up post saying to put it back in PARK!!!! Obviously not..

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jimwooster wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

jimwooster wrote:

I have the Husky 16k and fought with it too. Discovered that once you get set up either to hook or unhook once you lock in the hitch just put the truck in neutral and it takes the pressure off. Works every time.


Great way to see your truck roll down the next slight grade!


Rhagfo...Did you see my follow up post saying to put it back in PARK!!!! Obviously not..


Ain't it great when the train jumps the tracks, LOL.

OP - try Biscuit's method. Check the result/s.
If it doesn't work, go to Plan B.

*If* the handle is hard to pull -even w/o the pin in the jaws-
call the mfgr's Tech Line and ask them.
Solutions is their job!.

Oh yeah - don't leave your truck in neutral unless it's chained to a tree, wall or stout post..[emoticon]

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