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Old 01-10-2015, 07:59 PM   #15
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I don't lubricate mine to save the ball, I lubricate to save the coupler.

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Old 01-10-2015, 08:09 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
With the HA we grease the ball at assembly.
Yep. Was going to say that but figured it was a given.

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Old 01-10-2015, 08:14 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
I don't lubricate mine to save the ball, I lubricate to save the coupler.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:15 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
For others, what does Airstream and what does the hitch manufacturer say?
The fact that Reese sells hitch ball grease might tell you something. . .

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Old 01-10-2015, 08:19 PM   #19
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My owners manual from Equal-izer said to put a light coat of grease on the ball, so I do.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:04 PM   #20
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I grease the ball with wheel bearing grease ,all it takes is a little dab ,it also stops rust . a simple ball cover on the ball stops the grease from getting on your pants.

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:05 PM   #21
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A quart size zipper zip lock bag zipped on your greasy b sure helps save from lubricating your personal parts you might not want lubed. Quick too.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:09 PM   #22
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I use spray on lithium grease. You need something to lube that ball. You will get accelerated wear without grease not to mention potential binding or as was said above, it could lead to the ball coming loose. You will eventually cause the coupler to wear out and become loose.

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Old 01-11-2015, 03:37 AM   #23
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I apply grease with an old toothbrush which would otherwise be useless. Sal
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:57 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
I don't lubricate mine to save the ball, I lubricate to save the coupler.

A Friend of mine owns a turf business and he has a utility trailer he never greased. After many miles the top of the coupler had a "smiley face" hole completely worn through. It was about 120* around the front of the coupler head at the contact point with the ball. Grease 'em!

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Old 01-11-2015, 07:01 AM   #26
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Prior to our Hensley, Teflon grease seemed to be the most effective, the easiest to apply and the easiest to clean off. After unhooking, a couple of sheets of those blue shop towels easily cleans the dirty grease on your ball and the ends of your spring bars - regrease prior to hooking up the next day.

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Old 01-11-2015, 07:05 AM   #27
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Clean the coupler!

I'm a greaser I keep the ball covered with a zip bag when I'm not towing.

That grease accumulates in the coupler and attracts a lot of grit. About once a year I wipe the accumulated grease with paper towels then further clean the coupler with spray can brake cleaner before re-applying new grease.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:22 AM   #28
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I use the wax paper method for a small luggage trailer I built to tow behind our motorcycle - seems to work fine and no mess.

As for the AS trailer, we use a HA and I lube it every couple of years as per manufacturer's instructions.

Although with the HA, there is not any horizontal rotation on the ball, I guess there is slight vertical rotation, hence the recommendation to lube.


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