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Old 06-11-2011, 08:01 AM   #1
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Hitch Handle

Got tired of wrestling the hitch and getting greasy so I took some round stock the same size as the hole in the hitch and welded it in place.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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That's a great idea. It sure should reduce the use of Go-Jo (grease remover)around the campsite. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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This hitch lock works pretty well as a carrying handle - the barrel is perpendicular to the shaft and fits the hand well. However your design allows for wrestling the heavy hitch head in the receiver.

Hope you don't bash your knee on it!
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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I mounted a hook type handle on mine. It's pretty well balanced and easy to slide into the receiver.
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Question. Why do you ever take it out? The only time I take mine out is to change heads for my smaller trailer, 1 3/4 in. ball.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #6
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1. Because it drags on the ground when the bars aren't hitched up.
2. Because the TV is my DD.
3. Because I walk into it when I need to put something in the back of my Tahoe.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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Guess I get tired of banging my shins on the hitch...
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I hate to say this.... the shank is heat treated. No Welding allowed.
An interference fit rod would work better.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:47 PM   #9
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Or some all thread double bolted on each side.

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Old 06-13-2011, 08:07 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing the tips. Avoiding the grease hand, leg, chest, etc. is something I strive for but seldom achieve.

Related question, is there anyone that doesn't lube the ball (get your mind out of the gutter) and, if so, any negative consequences? My dealer told me greasing wasn't necessary, but metal on metal is bound to wear, I just don't know how quickly. I use white lithium grease as it seems the easiest to clean off the ball and then reapply when you'd like.

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It's a good idea to lube the ball so that coupler rotates freely on the ball. If the ball and coupler get bound up it can loosen the nut on the ball.
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I've been trying to get my mind out of the gutter for years, but just can't.

However, the dealer is an idiot. Metal rubbing metal continuously will result in early failure without grease. Since I already have wheel bearing grease, that's what I use on the ball. Dust and grit gets into the coupler, so clean it out periodically. And when I'm driving around without the trailer but don't want to take the hitch off the truck, I put a partially split tennis ball on the hitch, then clean the ball off when it is time to hitch up and re-grease it.

Every once in a while the same question appears on the Forum, so it seems quite a few people don't grease the ball because people are telling them they don't have to.

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Try it dry if you like but a little lube will always help. My hitch loves it.
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WHY TAKE THE HITCH OUT??? HOwie my wife walked into ours JUST ONCE.
ENOUGH SAID?????
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