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Old 11-08-2017, 06:52 PM   #1
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Reece hitch

We have a 16000 lb rated Reece hitch that has pulled a fifth wheel at least 60000 miles over the past 12 years. We traded RVs and I've notice some "slippage" at the hitch when I start and stop; not a lot, but noticebable. It may have happened before I traded a year ago, but I don't remember (any else have that problem:?). Does the "gripping part" of the hitch wear, or any other part? If so, has anyone replaced that part? I see that Reece has replacement heads costing almost as much as the hitch.

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Old 11-08-2017, 07:05 PM   #2
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I have a 16,000# Reese also. That slapping noise when starting out and stopping is my biggest complaint about the hitch. I doubt if I have towed 10,000 miles with it, and it has done it since new.
Now, I have to admit, I think part of the noise is the four pins that hold the hitch in the truck. BUT, I blame the sloppy fit on the jaws for the majority.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:08 PM   #3
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I don't have a Reese...I own a pull-rite and I can replace all the parts on the receiver...I would think you could on the Reese as well...Just a guess though...
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:03 PM   #4
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I have a Reese 16K. I haven't noticed any noise that caught my attention that anything may not be right or sloppy with it.

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Old 11-09-2017, 09:20 AM   #5
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I have the same hitch and had the "clunking" noise as well. I figured it was the hitch pin moving in the jaws of the bed hitch when changing load direction (starting and stopping). I replaced the pin box with a Demco Glide-ride and it went away almost completely (except for severe stops/starts).
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #6
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When I special ordered the Canyon Trail back in '14 I specified the Demco 16K Double Pivot Ultra Slide hitch and at fhenn's recommendation the Demco Glide Ride pinbox (thanks again, Frank!) Flat love the combination. No movement, noise, or chucking. The Fox Mountain, on the other hand, came standard with the Rota-Flex pin box. Noticeable noise and chucking when pulling the smaller rig. Haven't ever pulled with a standard pinbox so don't know what that's like. Don't think I ever will. Just my $.02.

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Old 11-12-2017, 07:38 PM   #7
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I have the Reese also. Yes, there is some clearance between the jaws and the hitch pin which some is necessary. If your trailer brakes aren't set aggressive enough, the truck will have to stop the trailer causing the hitch pin to slide forward. It can be annoying but not a cause for worry.

Truck brakes should stop the truck, trailer brakes should stop the trailer.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:54 AM   #8
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Jaws will wear over time, but not much. There are several places that have a little slack. King pin and jaws, where fifth wheel connects with main weight bearing arms and main weight bearing arms that connect to bed rails.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:56 AM   #9
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If your hitch head is on a pin that allows side to side tilt as my Elete 18K has that may be the problem.

The head has some movement fore and aft on this pin. I corrected mine by inserting some heavy plastic sheet on front side as can bee seen here held in place with a couple bolts.

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Old 12-05-2017, 04:53 PM   #10
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I too have that hitch. Between jaw space, bed pin movement, king pin movement, I think you've heard the answer.

I just take my foot off the brake, let that slack get removed, and then I don't have to feel it each time I start from stop.

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