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skinnyme

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Posted: 06/19/20 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a new grand design 5th wheel. hooked up to a new Curt a-16 hitch. this is my 1st 5th wheel. I have about 3/16" to 1/4" travel (play) fore and aft when stopping and starting. Going down the road everything feels fine. But starting and stopping feels like there is too much (play ) between the king pin and the hitch . Is this normal? thank you.
I do not use the Turning Point feature on the pin box.

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Posted: 06/19/20 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where is the play? King pin, hitch mounting, hitch internals or the pin box on the trailer can all give you some play.


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Posted: 06/19/20 03:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never feel that stuff.

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That is not normal, but some hitches are better than others, as to fit/slop, and ease of operation. Try to see where the loose fit is. Have a competent person move rig ahead/back, while you watch.

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The play seems to be where the jaws of the hitch wrap around the king pin. I watched as my wife puled the truck forward and back. I could see the pin box/kingpin moving about 3/16" as it slid across the hitch.
"Curt" said there is some play "built in". They sent me a video on it.
The amount of play seems excessive to me. My hitch seemed to have about the same amount of play as the one in the video.

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Posted: 06/19/20 04:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hard to replace an already new hitch, but if selling dealer would take it back, a B&W Patriot would be a good replacement. They fit good, are quiet, and very user friendly.

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MFL wrote:

Hard to replace an already new hitch, but if selling dealer would take it back, a B&W Patriot would be a good replacement. They fit good, are quiet, and very user friendly.

Jerry


Amen to that. After several years of drooling over one I finally got a B&W Patriot. Nice snug fit on the king pin and it really reduces the "chucking" on rough roads.


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I had the super glide and liked it.... got a long bed and jumped into a B&W, have 1 tow with it and absolutely love the feel.... much better than the Superglide...


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If you keep the Curt you can adjust your trailer brakes to brake a little ahead of the truck. This will keep the king pin in the back of the jaws.

I have a Curt and that is what I did and it works for me but I don't think I had quite that much play in mine but I could feel it bumping when I stopped and started.


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12th Man Fan wrote:

If you keep the Curt you can adjust your trailer brakes to brake a little ahead of the truck. This will keep the king pin in the back of the jaws.

I have a Curt and that is what I did and it works for me but I don't think I had quite that much play in mine but I could feel it bumping when I stopped and started.


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