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JediDZL

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Posted: 05/22/21 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello
My Patriot 16k hitch is not locking the jaws all the way around the pin. I have to force the handle in to lock it.. I never had this issue before. Any thoughts on what could be causing this ? Thanks

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Posted: 05/22/21 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a thought...are you backing under the kingpin and then lowering it? Or are you backing into the kingpin, lowered so that your TV raises the 5er slightly when you back? I found that backing into the kingpin will cause the hitch to completely snap shut securely. Think about it...that is how truckers do it. I would back until the pin was about to engage, hook up my power connector and set the brake on the 5er, along with wheel chocks to hold it steady while engaging the kingpin. Hope this helps.


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Posted: 05/22/21 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Might try a good cleaning and relubing. The jaws could be getting gummed/gooked up and not able to move freely.


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fj12ryder wrote:

Might try a good cleaning and relubing. The jaws could be getting gummed/gooked up and not able to move freely.


I agree I'm pushing 90,000 miles on my Companion it's getting a little sticky looking at a complete cleaning.


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Posted: 05/22/21 11:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a different hitch but have the same issue if I have the nose of the trailer too high. I walk that fine line of having it low enough that the kingpin slides up the hitch without it feeling like I am jamming the hitch onto the kingpin causing the trailer getting knocked around a bit. (that is an over simplified explanation). I know I am not hitting it hard or anything, it just feels wrong to have it jar the trailer.

I also think you may want to try to check the lubrication. Could be a combination of both things---too high and too dry. Let us know your outcome.


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Posted: 05/22/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A Patriot hitch can not be too old (less than 10 yrs). I think a possible issue, the truck may move ahead, a tiny bit, after backing into hitch, and you are using the locking arm to pull truck back.

If you block the FW tires, you can back in, leave truck running in reverse, if you feel comfortable doing this, while getting out to close arm/jaws.

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Posted: 05/22/21 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When was last time you cleaned/lubed all the pivot points, points of contact etc?

Sounds like it just needs cleaned and lubed


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There is a ZERK but that is for side to side movement. Don’t think there is any other lube required but the top of the support arms.

Look at your owners manual or call B&W.


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Useful discussion is here!
I'm new and I'm just reading all thread!

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Posted: 05/31/21 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look in the owners manual for the hitch. All hitches do require periodic cleaning and maintenance.

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