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Old 06-01-2012, 11:45 AM   #15
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:51 AM   #16
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It's not recent, it's been several years. I just checked, and the regular oil, black hitch lube grease is no longer available. I still have part of a bottle, but once it's gone, it's gone.
The white teflon stuff is not what we were originally discussing, or at least not what I was talking about.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #17
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Ace Hardware sells a marine and wheel bearing grease in a blue can. It doesn't migrate from ball surface, perhaps because of the high drip point (500˚ I think).

I clean off the old grease from the ball with a paper towel and then use another one to apply the clean grease to it—usually do this every time we hitch. Periodically I spray the inside of the coupler with WD40 and clean with paper towel.

Although grease (and just about anything else you can think of) is attracted to my clothes and hands, I've been pretty good at avoiding a mess. My wife suggests gloves to avoid grease and sometimes I remember to use them. I try not to wipe them on my pants.

I also use the grease in the bar sockets on the Equalizer hitch head. Keeps it a little quieter and should reduce wear; none on the other end of the bars.

I don't understand why if you don't use grease on the ball, why be inconsistent and use grease on the wheel bearings or oil in your engine?

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:05 PM   #18
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It's not recent, it's been several years. I just checked, and the regular oil, black hitch lube grease is no longer available. I still have part of a bottle, but once it's gone, it's gone.
The white teflon stuff is not what we were originally discussing, or at least not what I was talking about.
Oh, OK, I didn't know there was a black Reese grease. I was talking about the white stuff that comes in a small white "prescription" bottle size, pictured upthread. That's the stuff I really like.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:16 PM   #19
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Oh, OK, I didn't know there was a black Reese grease. I was talking about the white stuff that comes in a small white "prescription" bottle size, pictured upthread. That's the stuff I really like.
If I didn't think the lettering would smear off, I'd clean the bottle up and post a picture of it. It's good stuff, but very few "modern" Airstreamers know about it. Of course, now that it's gone, it doesn't matter so much, other than from a historical perspective.
Okay, on edit, I cleaned up the bottle a bit, and here are a couple of photos of it, in case you ever see any at a swap meet:
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:24 PM   #20
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I have heard that milk jug plastic works to lube the ball (versus waxed paper). I have not tried it, But I would tow to the end of the world with the fellow who told me this.
I've actually tried both of these, and while they both probably provide some lubrication and isolation between the surfaces, they don't last very long. Every time I unhitched with each method, the paper or plastic had been worn completely thru, and obviously for quite a while.

It's one of those "good ideas" that just didn't pan out, at least for me.

Now, since I use a ProPride hitch that never comes off the ball coupler, I have drilled a hole and added a zerk fitting to the coupler, and I give it a shot of grease every few days of towing.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:28 PM   #21
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"I also use the grease in the bar sockets on the Equalizer hitch head. Keeps it a little quieter and should reduce wear; none on the other end of the bars."

Gene why not on the other end?

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Old 06-01-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
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I put a bit of wheel-bearing grease on all rub points -- in spite of the Reese instructions. But, then, we use that system primarily for weight distribution, not sway control. (For sway control, we use one of the friction devices, and even then it's really tight only if we're on some higher-speed highway like an interstate.)

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I am curious to know if any one puts a light coat of grease on the ball and sway bars. I have a Reese hitch.

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You MUST grease the Ball. regular bearing grease will work.

Which Reese hitch do you have?
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:15 AM   #24
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"I also use the grease in the bar sockets on the Equalizer hitch head. Keeps it a little quieter and should reduce wear; none on the other end of the bars."

Gene why not on the other end?

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Because I think that's where the anti-sway/friction happens. Equalizer sells a lubricant for that and claims it doesn't have any reduction in anti-sway.

Some people use it because they don't like the noise.

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If I didn't think the lettering would smear off, I'd clean the bottle up and post a picture of it. It's good stuff, but very few "modern" Airstreamers know about it. Of course, now that it's gone, it doesn't matter so much, other than from a historical perspective.
Okay, on edit, I cleaned up the bottle a bit, and here are a couple of photos of it, in case you ever see any at a swap meet:
I had some that was handed down to me and is some great stuff, I have found a replacement that is actually better and stays put where it belongs it is Yamalube Molybdenum Disulfide Grease in a 10 oz. Tube. Have used it for over 8 years and am very happy with the results. Have pulled to Alaska and back 5 times and never been let down. This stuff is a deep black due to the Moly incorporated, The thing about the moly is that it embeds itself into the grain of the metal and gives a superior lubricity point. Its high temp and stays put where it belongs. Great product!
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I also do no like the noise how ever I do not want anything to impair the anti sway capability so I will wipe the marine grease off that end but the noise is nerve wracking

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #27
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EQ does make nylon "bracket jackets" to put on the l-brackets. They do quiet things down a lot. See them here:

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #28
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Since the thread has gone to Equal-I-zer noise....

I posted this info in another thread a while back, but many may not have seen it. I talked with an Equal-I-zer hitch user at a park a while back, and he showed me how he had drilled holes and added a couple of keeper clips to the top of the "L" clips, just above the bracket they go thru....the same kind of keeper clips as is used on the bottom of the "L's", and he reported it stopped all of the noise in the turns.

Just thought y'all might want to know.
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