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Old 01-12-2015, 11:24 PM   #71
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The mess, I guess. But I've never greased, so I'm continuing to watch to see if there's something I'm not saving, but not greasing.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:48 AM   #72
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Grease/no grease

it sure is obvious we have all gone stir crazy waiting for Spring to arrive. John
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:13 AM   #73
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it sure is obvious we have all gone stir crazy waiting for Spring to arrive. John

I agree with you John. Can't wait for my Spring trip.


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Old 01-13-2015, 06:20 AM   #74
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The mess, I guess. But I've never greased, so I'm continuing to watch to see if there's something I'm not saving, but not greasing.
How about those pesky windows that won't open with those MM lift latches.
A light coating of silicone grease wiped on the weatherstrip seals will help a lot!!

A great addition to the AS tool box.

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Old 01-13-2015, 08:22 AM   #75
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How about those pesky windows that won't open with those MM lift latches.
A light coating of silicone grease wiped on the weatherstrip seals will help a lot!!

A great addition to the AS tool box.

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Good idea. I have also put Armorall or similar products on the rubber.

We don't tend to open our windows a lot so they do get stuck at times.

I carry a large suction cup (maybe 4-5"D.) with pull handle and vacuum release in the trailer and if a window is badly stuck, just pull it open from outside. Works well.

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Old 01-14-2015, 04:10 PM   #76
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like brilcream, a lil dab will do ya.
must be a reason they invented grease!
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:18 PM   #77
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Turn your head and cough, maybe?
I leave mine lubricant free. It also serves as a path to ground on the TV in addition to the grounding wire. Grease can electrically insulate or impede that function. I have ruined more than on pair of pants on a greasy hitch too.
x2, I have owned my trailer with an equalizer hitch for ten years and towed at least 50k miles. There is shiny metal but no visible wear on my hitch or ball. I hear my hitch squeak and groan once and a while but I ignore it.
Dirty, nasty grease has a way of flying off metal parts and attaching itself to my hands, shirt and pants without me touching a thing.
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:29 PM   #78
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I usually put a leftover chicken thigh, boneless, over the ball, and then drop the hitch. Oh wait, wrong forum.

To heck with the greasy or dry balls, we all need to go camping!


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Old 01-14-2015, 05:05 PM   #79
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:33 AM   #80
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For you fellows using vasaline on your balls, you should rub vicks on the outside edges to keep the flies away........
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We use milk jug material. Just cut the corners from the bottom of an empty jug and set one, or two over the ball before lowering the hitch. They wear fairly well and there's no mess.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:08 AM   #82
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FWIW, I am watching this thread develop with great interest to see what I'm missing, because I have never greased a ball in my life, and been towing bumper hitches for 26 years....

To me, it looks like a total mess. Of course, this is just my experience, so I'm open minded and waiting to see some compelling evidence that I'm messing something up.
Are you telling us that you do not see any galling on the ball (and hidden on the under side of the coupler)? You must be a very lucky man... as for me, galling is apparent on the coupler from when the AS was towed to the dealer from the factory! Maybe the composition of the metal has changed over the past 26 years ???

It is a lot of pressure on a very small area ~ 800+ pounds on less than a square inch of contact surface... 800+psi ??? ... judging from the wear "spot"/halo at the upper curved surface of the ball surrounding the flat spot on the top. Very little of the ball is in contact with the coupler at any given time - although most of the ball is in contact at some time. YMMV
Grease on the ball, lighter lube on the torsion bar pivots, please. Imagine just how much $$ the 18 wheelers could save it they didn't grease the load plate on their trailer connection to the tractor!

So, what do you do when your ball gets itchy? Leave it dry or more lube; that is your decision? Spring is nearly here - itching to get out; let's get out camping in these beautiful Airstreams.
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Bears

I've heard that the ball grease attracts bears. Isn't there some sort of graphite based lube ?
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I've heard that the ball grease attracts bears. Isn't there some sort of graphite based lube ?

Maybe it's better they focus on the hitch ball. Chum for chumps.
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