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Old 06-13-2011, 11:12 PM   #15
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I have put grease on several pairs of jeans. I take mine out when I unhook. Keeps my wife happy. Happy wife is a happy husband.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:15 AM   #16
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Hi, the subject of removing your hitch, or not, has been brought up before; And I will say it again: Working at new car dealers since 1968, I have seen what happens when your tow vehicle gets rear ended while you have that huge hitch in place. The result is usually, the rear of your frame gets bent downward. Is this something you're ready to take care of while you are three states away from home? I didn't think so!!!!.

With anywhere from 500 to more than 1,000 pounds tongue weight resting on the ball, it better be lubed.
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Vintage Airstream Restoration Rally....one of the tid bits I came away with was to place a sandwich bag (any small plastic type bag with a zip type seal...this seems to give the right thickness) over the ball, then drop the hitch on. Provides "lube" and keeps it all clean. The bag actually does not disintegrate as I thought it would. You missed a great Rally if you did.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:06 AM   #18
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Melody, that is an interesting idea. Is there any proof that it works as well or better than grease in preventing wear?

On our equalizer I grease the sockets the bars go into inside and out, so I have plenty of opportunities to get greasy. Even when I wear gloves, my hands get grease on them. Grease always wins.

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Vintage Airstream Restoration Rally....one of the tid bits I came away with was to place a sandwich bag (any small plastic type bag with a zip type seal...this seems to give the right thickness) over the ball, then drop the hitch on. Provides "lube" and keeps it all clean. The bag actually does not disintegrate as I thought it would. You missed a great Rally if you did.

I was beginning to wonder if someone used this method besides me.. It was once used by many in the 50's 60's. I use a old bread wrapper also.
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Melody, that is an interesting idea. Is there any proof that it works as well or better than grease in preventing wear?

On our equalizer I grease the sockets the bars go into inside and out, so I have plenty of opportunities to get greasy. Even when I wear gloves, my hands get grease on them. Grease always wins.

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Hi, Gene. There is no reason to lube the inside of the spring bar sockets, if that is what I understand that you said. I grease the top and bottom of both sockets while I have my hitch apart; And on long trips, I try to lube that area while it is assembled.
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There is no reason to lube the inside of the spring bar sockets.
Bob, I have wondered whether that is necessary, but decided to do it anyway. There is some play in the sockets and to reduce wear, greasing may help and can't hurt. It does means less grease available for my hands and clothes.

Grease it attracted to my hands, though not so much to my clothes. There must be a grease-attraction gene and many of us have it. I try to have a paper towel handy to wipe it off, then absent mindedly put it in my pocket transferring the grease to clothes that way.

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I hate to say this.... the shank is heat treated. No Welding allowed.
An interference fit rod would work better.
If you look at the photo carefully, the only "bubble gum" wells are on the rod, not the hitch.
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If you look at the photo carefully, the only "bubble gum" wells are on the rod, not the hitch.
I'd rather have to get the grease off than bubble gum.

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