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Old 02-22-2015, 01:58 PM   #15
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To get proper torque, it is important that the threads on both the ball and the nut are clean. You should be able to easily thread the nut all the way onto and off of the ball by hand before installation to be sure that the threads are free of dirt, rust, or any burrs which might cause binding during torquing, otherwise the torque reading will be adversely affected.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:43 PM   #16
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Many AS owners in Colorado have loose or ungreased balls. This is related weather, climate shift and altitude.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:41 PM   #17
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Hi, over ten years and an unknown amount of miles, [over 10,000 miles on my Alaska trip alone] but my ball has never come loose. If tightened properly the first time, there is no reason for it to come loose.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:26 PM   #18
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Now on this forum we hear of loose balls,on the other forum we talk of greasing the balls,I wonder if the loose balls should be greased before they are tightened or after?? Some one should get a job.......
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:28 PM   #19
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I keep mine tight!
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:22 PM   #20
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Since we are still on the subject of balls and grease, synthetic or just plain. After a phone discussion earlier this morning, Ranchers always prefer them plain. They are always towing livestock and would know. Rancher's Supply does supply the socket and long flex handle to tighten your nut, lock washer and keep your ball from becoming loose while towing. Or worse yet... falling off in traffic.

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- Is it proper procedure to grease a trailer's ball swirling, left to right, or right to left?
- Can you mix or alternate synthetic and plain old grease, or could it affect ball friction going uphill, downhill?
- If you look at any trailer ball, why do they seem to wear so much while greased? Imagine if you did not grease, you could really mess up a nice ball and hitch at the same time.
- Somehow, some posts seem... a bit off topic. More into Bowling, than Trailers.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:43 AM   #21
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When I was unhooking after a trip, I noticed that our hitch ball was loose - I'm not even sure how I caught it; I just saw something move that shouldn't have. I wasn't able to tighten it myself, so I took it to a local hitch shop and they got three guys to tighten it for me. This warning applies to all brand of hitches. Definitely something to check!
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I did not have it on my checklist but I do now to check my set up carefully before each trip


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Ray Eckland. Do you bemoan George Carlin's passing into the heaven which boasts both cats and dogs.
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It doesn't matter which hitch you use,the ball has to be tight the first time,and it will stay tight,you can't tighten it with a 1/2 " ratchet,you have to use a 3/4 drive with a 4 ' extension or a 3/4 drive impact wrench as it takes around 450 ft lbs of torque, so check your balls and keep them tight......
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Shouldn't the owners of any brand hitch check for loose balls?
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Just make sure that they are tight,you don't want em loose!!!
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:19 PM   #27
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BibButtUgly: Ray Eckland. Do you bemoan George Carlin's passing into the heaven which boasts both cats and dogs.
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George Carlin had that cutting humor that could reach those that thought the only four letter word was... WORK.

Dogs and Cats find themselves passing and finding themselves in a Pet Heaven traveling with an Airstream!
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:33 PM   #28
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Shouldn't the owners of any brand hitch check for loose balls?
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Many trailer owners purchase their first trailer and depend on the retailer to give them a good understanding of how to operate and maintain safety standards.

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My first experience is getting a packet of "safety booklets" to read AFTER we were pointed off the RV retail lot. There really is no formal instructional period, as anyone with a Driver's License can hookup and drive off into infinity.

This Forum IS the Rosetta Stone for information and answers to questions by those who are new owners of an Airstream. I have learned from following some threads. Lewster is a great promoter of helping those who are capable, or offering alternatives to doing the work themselves. I cannot thank Lewster enough... Thank YOU.

I find many posts with the humor "twist" as also helpful. It gets one to think. A rare commodity in this world. Most people just react, poorly.

I NEVER imagined driving off a RV lot to discover, later on the road, that the ball was not installed properly by the EXPERTS. What next...the axles, tires, wheels, bearings...? I am not a mechanic of trailers. As I had said before, If automobiles were built like trailers, there would be massive numbers of people dying on the roads. You must become vigilant with the mechanical aspects of your trailers. Maintain your investment for your OWN safety and those on the road with you.

I never imagined I would be responsible for the engineering strengths and weaknesses of a purchase. Do take greasing your balls seriously. I never thought it included finding your ball loose... usually having a screw loose is accepeted... but the $20 part responsible for keeping your Airstream in tow... never.
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