Recommended 5th wheel plate change for my truck?

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  1. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    I have a knock from my 5th wheel plate when i start from a stop as if there is some space for the kingpin to move. I inspected my plate and I see nothing loose, broken or worn. I had this happen with my previous trailer too and thought that it might be the previous trailer's fault. Everything looks tight.

    The place that installed my upfit no longer sells the fifth wheel hitch they installed on my truck, maybe they had complaints about it?

    I've got one of those small plates on, rated for 32k. I want to swap it out for a single pivot bigger plate and rated for more weight. Something low profile and wider. I've seen some pickups that installed a huge semi plate but that looks like overkill and probably weighs a ton.

    Any good recommendations?
     
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  3. truckdriver31

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  4. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    How do you adjust this one?
    There is no name on it but it looks like a holland FW0001 except mine has 2 springs in the back and the holland doesn't

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  5. mslashbar

    mslashbar Medium Load Member

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    Check the kingpin on the trailer for wear also.
     
  6. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    Brand new trailer, less than 8k miles on the road
     
  7. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    i have no idea
     
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  8. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    Neither do I! :confused:
     
  9. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    So yeah, that's definitely the Binkley/Holland FW0001 on a nice hitchcrafters bolt on C&C mounting plate. Used to be the best light duty 5th you could get. From my understanding there really is no adjustability on them. I see 3 good options, but the 3rd might require a new mounting plate..

    1-- Get a fw0001 rebuild kit for it, & have it rebuilt.

    2-- I can't seem to find the actual part # on this, but it looks like a slightly upgraded model of what you have now. Also the least amount of down time as 4 bolts out, 4 bolts on & your ready to ride again. Just call hitchcrafters & verify that the bolt holes will line up with new vs old.. This is from Hitchcrafters site.. Screenshot_20200703-121032_Samsung Internet.jpg


    3-- The Holland fw6000. Much larger top plate with higher pin load rating. Might be even more stable if that's what your after.? 22" top plate I think I read.?
    Cost looks about twice as much as the new 34k lb deal from hitchcrafters, & it may or may not line up with the holes on your current mounting plate. May be as simple as just drilling new holes..
    Screenshot_20200703-120857_Samsung Internet.jpg

    You are probably right about you kingpin being fine, but never hurts to double check it's tight. If your current 5th is a little sloppy, it could be beating up on the kingpin welds..
     
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    I like not having down time but I wish they'd say what brand it is. Wonder if this would also give me problems after 70k.

    Holland FW6000 looks nice, not sure it's $1900 nice though... I am looking for a wider plate for it to be a bit more stable.

    I'll keep looking at options, I might just end up ordering again from hitchcrafters.
    Wonder what my used one is worth?
     
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  11. Brandonpdx

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    I would assume a rebuild option would be the most economical if that exists. I have read on other hotshot forums that those lighter duty 5th wheels definitely don’t hold up like the full size ones. Couple of years of hard use and they are worn out.
     
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