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Old 11-15-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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Question Hitch Lubrication?

What type of lubricant is best for lubricating a weight-distributing hitch? My Reese Hitch instruction manual recommends "Reese on the Ball", but that isn't available anymore. I'm wondering what is in that lubricant, perhaps I can just use some sort of standard oil or grease?
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I use marine grease. It is somewhat moisture resistant. I buy it in the boat section at Wal-Mart.

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another option is the grease...IF I COULD JUST REMEMBER THE NAME....that you can find at truck stops. It is used on the 5th wheel hitches for trucks. Availible almost anywhere and at truck tops if you get in a pinch.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:30 PM   #5
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I use goose grease or tallow. Sometimes peanut butter.I have a lot of turm oil, I use that too.
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:34 AM   #7
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Which grease to use is dependent on which area you are talking about. The trunions on the front of the hitch actually have the highest forces on them and a very low speed of movement. You can use a wheel bearing grease on them and the ball. The cams and cam followers should be very lightly lubricated to minimize metal wear and galling but not provide reduced friction, since that will detract from the hitch's ability to dampen any sway which might occur. I would use a light oil like 10-30 engine oil for that. Only a small amount would be necessary. Reese's special purpose grease is designed by them to give good lubrication for the ball and trunions while not being too thick to attract and retain road dirt which might wear the ball. It is important to clean the ball and trunions occasionally and relubricate with new grease to get rid of these contamenants.
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. . . I have a lot of turm oil, I use that too.
I used to have a lot of turm oil. It can be removed with liberal applications of ethanol.
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The cams and cam followers should be very lightly lubricated to minimize metal wear and galling but not provide reduced friction, since that will detract from the hitch's ability to dampen any sway which might occur. I would use a light oil like 10-30 engine oil for that. .
I believe that's incorrect, the only lubricant to use there is vasaline, no grease or oil.
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I believe that's incorrect, the only lubricant to use there is vasaline, no grease or oil.
That's exactly what I read in the instructions that came with my Reese Dual Cam. I purchased one of those small tubes of Vaseline for lips and toss it in the bumper storage. Then, every few days while Streamin' I can easily put a small amount where the bars meet the cams.
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I haven't pulled a trailer since the early '70's, but..
Back then I used Molykote, which I believe is molybdenum disulphide. It is a grease which was developed for high temperature applications, and worked quite well on the hitch ball.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:25 AM   #12
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Hitches do not develop high temperatures and therefore you really do not need to use the moly-disulfide grease for that characteristic, but it does provide good high pressure lubrication characteristics for use on balls and trunions. It is quite messy and black so do not get it on your clothing.
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What type of lubricant is best for lubricating a weight-distributing hitch? My Reese Hitch instruction manual recommends "Reese on the Ball", but that isn't available anymore. I'm wondering what is in that lubricant, perhaps I can just use some sort of standard oil or grease?
Vaseline on the ball and trunion.aqbsolutely nothing on the cams. Quick inexpensive and available everywhere.
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Michelle, that is what is recommended by the designer of the system and I go by their recommendations also.
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