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Aluminum fifth wheel durability with Teflon top

Looking at getting aluminum fifth wheel with Teflon top plate does anyone know the durability of the aluminum fifth wheel and which will be better aluminum or steel fifth wheel ,will be putting Teflon top plate on which ever fifth wheel I go with. I do a lot of drop n hook pulling reefers. Would appreciate user knowledge not hearsay.

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Teflon plates are not good for a drop and hook operation. The grease will ruin the teflon, quickly. They are great for pulling the same trailer all the time, though, as there is no grease to contaminate the teflon.

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Teflon is impervious to grease... that being said, a lot of the discs sold in truckstops as 'teflon', are not teflon, they're just HDPE. My Holland aluminum 5th wheel has Teflon pads right on it. Aluminum 5ths are indeed stronger than cast iron, because they are machined from solid forged aluminum billet, not cast. This gives them a little bit of "spring" (for lack of a better term) when against the same force that would crack a cast iron plate. Another nice feature? All the wear areas are easily replaceable.

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doing a lot of drop/hook be sure to drop the suspension bags and not force the 5th wheel under the trailer - that damages the teflon pads. besides that not having a greasy mess is great. the only part that needs grease is the throat to prevent kingpin/throat wear. the pads are also easy to replace since they bolt to the top plate.

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I've had experience with Teflon plate and it didn't turn out to good. The plate ended up wearing groove into bottom of trailer plate and ruin trailer that 1200 dollars to fix. So I got trailer fix then I bought 5 th wheel with changeable Teflon pads build into 5 th wheel that last. About 8 months then the trailer started binding up in the turns because to so dry now I have to spray every day with a lube. So now I've just went back reg old 5th wheel grease and all much more reliable

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