Usually designed with a rugged, big hole in the middle, a lube plate is commonly a circular device that is installed on a fifth wheel kingpin to have a more convenient way of connecting the trailer to the hitch, preventing scratches when they are in contact with each other. According to most technicians, a 5th wheel lube plate is much better than lubricating the equipment with grease since it eliminates getting yourself dirty and oily.
To help you decide what kind of fifth wheel lube plate you want to have, here are some of the best lube plates you want to have for your hitch.
Technically, its purpose is the same with most common fifth wheel plate, which prevents scratches and eases installation of a trailer kingpin to a hitch. What sets this one apart are its material and features.
Having a 10-inch diameter and a 0.192-inch thickness, this lube plate is made of durable nylon. It provides more protection with its large surface area. This fits perfectly well with Reese fifth wheel trailer hitches that can carry 16,000 and 22,000 pounds of loads. You do not need to use grease once this is installed.
You will be able to get this nylon lube plate for only $6.99.
Still made with durable nylon, this lube plate, which has a diameter of 12 inches and a thickness of 0.192 inches, is one of Reese’s fifth wheel hitch plates. It has the same features with the first one, but it works best on Reese’s 20,000-pound and Elite Series of fifth wheel trailer hitches.
Since this is evidently bigger than previously mentioned lube plate, it also costs a bit higher.
If you want a more durable lube plate, then you can have this accessory for your fifth wheel trailer hitch.
Manufactured by Curt, this lube plate has a 10-inch diameter and 0.1875-inch thickness. It has been designed to withstand intense or difficult work. However, it can easily be installed on the trailer kingpin by just sliding it into the hitch without applying any kind of lubricant or grease.
This has similar features with Curt’s 10” diameter lube plate. The differences are the diameter’s measurement, which is 12 inches, and physical design, which has “uniform openings” around the middle hole. This costs $11.99.
Husky, another manufacturing company for towing equipment and accessories, also has its own set of fifth wheel hitch plates. One of them is the 10-inch diameter lube plate that is made of heavy-duty nylon. It simply fits kingpins with a diameter of 2.875 inches.
If you have thought that all lube plates are in circular form, then think again. There is an octagonal-shaped fifth wheel plate by IconDirect.
This accessory has a length of 10.5 inches, a width or diameter of 10.5 inches and a thickness of 0.125 inches. Installing this item into the trailer kingpin is straightforward and does not need too much lubrication for it to work well.
For a special kind of item such as the IconDirect 5th Wheel Lube Plate, it has a friendly price of $10.48. If you don’t want things that are ordinary, then take this one to fit your preference.
This is another Reese fifth wheel lube plate that takes on another form. Its shape looks like a letter “U” and has been especially built for Reese Titan R16 fifth wheels. It also has a different installation process that needs drilling to attach it to the fifth wheel head.
On the accessory, you will be able to see 3 small holes on each side, having a total of 6 openings. If you purchase this item, it already comes with 6 nylock nuts, 6 socket cap screws and an instructional guide that presents you how the lube plate is properly installed.
To make use of the plate, you basically need to drill the 6 small openings into the 5th wheel hitch head, then fasten it to keep it in place by installing the screws and nuts through the holes.
With this item, you are assured of an impressive performance as well as protection between the fifth wheel head and the pin box once the lube plate has been installed. Furthermore, its provides lubrication that helps the pin box move when the hitch is turning itself.
The last, but definitely not the least, 5th wheel lube plate of this list has similar “U” shape design with the previous item. However, this product best fits or replaces the lube plate of Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch that can support a capacity of 20,000-pound load.
It also has a total of 6 small openings, with each side having 3 holes. Apparently, it is also installed by drilling and inserting the nuts and screws, which are already included in the lube plate package.
If you have the fifth wheel trailer hitch specified for this lube plate and you want to get this product, you will have to spend a bit higher than the first one.