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Old 12-08-2023, 04:56 PM   #1
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Hitch question...

Hi, when I unhitched my 26RL last week after installing a new lube plate (Reese 83002) I saw damage to it caused by an edge (on the right side) of the skid plate entrance which has lifted (Reese 16k hitch)...this was not there with the previous plate (which I replaced as general was a thinner plate)...
I have a replacement 10" 83002 to fit after correcting the skid plate 'edge', but before I do that, am wondering if you can help please with a reason for this to happen so I can avoid it happening again?...I hope the two pics are helpful.
I did notice the new one did not rotate as freely as the previous (should it?) and is a little thicker specs say 3/16".....there doesn't seem to be any clear marking as to which way is as a newbie I am a little lost for a reason....
Many thanks......
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Old 12-09-2023, 05:36 AM   #2
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My 2 cents is that at some point the king pin was mis-aligned while connecting or disconnecting and impacted/rolled the edge of the “throat” opening on the hitch head causing the damage. I don’t see any correlation between the plastic lube plate and the damage to the steel.

As to fit of the lube disc, some are snug, others can rotate. It doesn’t affect performance and there is no top or bottom. The intent of the lube disc is to eliminate the need for grease and provide friction relief between the hitch head and the pin box plate.
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Old 12-09-2023, 07:42 AM   #3
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Hi NH Bulldog and thank you for your knowledge, I was hoping that was the case but didn't want to 'tidy up' the damage to find it happening again with the new plate.
I will keep close watch when hitching and I do recall it not going as smoothly as hoped last time....
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