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Old 12-11-2005, 02:42 PM   #1
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Reese Hitch Problems

I tow a 2004 25' Safari with a 2004 F 250 Power Stoke using a Reese weight distribution hitch. After about 30,000 miles of towing the holes that hold the weight distribution bars in thehitch bar are badly worn. They have become oval rather than round and there is a groove wearing around the top holes.

The hitch was supplied by the dealer where I purchased the trailer. At the time I had never towed a trailer so I didn't know if it was what I needed. Does anyone have any ideas about what is causing my problem?
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Old 12-11-2005, 02:44 PM   #2
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I tow a 2004 25' Safari with a 2004 F 250 Power Stoke using a Reese weight distribution hitch. After about 30,000 miles of towing the holes that hold the weight distribution bars in thehitch bar are badly worn. They have become oval rather than round and there is a groove wearing around the top holes.

The hitch was supplied by the dealer where I purchased the trailer. At the time I had never towed a trailer so I didn't know if it was what I needed. Does anyone have any ideas about what is causing my problem?
Lack of lubrication.
You're supposed to oil the bars when you hitch up, with a drop or two of suitable oil.
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:12 PM   #3
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I use the Reese hitch ball grease and it seems to work fine too.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:13 PM   #4
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I use the Reese hitch ball grease and it seems to work fine too.
"High-pressure", waterproof grease (such as Reese's) would be best. Amzoil (sp?) synthetic grease works well.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:34 PM   #5
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I've been using the same setup and use the Reese grease that has been suggested in this thread. So far, in thousands of miles, no similar issues.
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any hi temp wheel bearing grease works well.

a popsicle stick kept in the can is a non messy way to apply it.

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Old 12-11-2005, 07:23 PM   #7
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I would compare it to a new one,measure the differance.see what ya have,You might be ready for a new hitch and bars,they need grease,
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:13 PM   #8
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I use wheel bearing greese. It sticks where you put it. I usually remove and reapply it after a long pull.
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:42 PM   #9
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Red face Whew... thanks

I just started towing in March, and while I greased the ball, I haven't done it to the bars. Learned something new tonight. Will lube them up good next outing.

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Old 12-12-2005, 08:28 PM   #10
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You know about 'to much of a good thing'. A little grease goes a long way.
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:09 PM   #11
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lubing the joints

We follow advice of one of our club's very experienced members -- we use hypoid oil (you know, the smelly SAE 90-150 gear lube) in a squeeze tube we picked up at our great little local hardware store. Easy to dispense, easy to store, and we wipe off and replace after each tow. Costs one paper towel each hook-up. Keeps from galling the ball and coupling for each joint.

Lots of good ideas in this thread. I really like the popsicle stick and wheel bearing grease -- easy to use and store and won't run or smell like ours does.
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Wheel bearing grease

I use a Reese twin cam system and use wheel bearing or sometimes white grease. The psi load on the bearings of the w/d bar are actually higher and more subject to galling than the hitch ball. I do not want my bars or hitch to wear out. Reese used to give you new cams for the twin cams when they wore out. They told you not to grease them because the wearing friction helped dampen any sway which might occur. They no longer give away cams, so I have started to put a little grease on mine. Have not noticed a difference in performance yet. New design twin cams do not have replaceable cams. You have to replace the whole bar. Forged bars may be harder and more wear resistant than the old cast cams.
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Reese used to give you new cams for the twin cams when they wore out. They told you not to grease them because the wearing friction helped dampen any sway which might occur. They no longer give away cams, so I have started to put a little grease on mine.
Don't use wheel bearing or Reese hitch grease on the cams. If they're noisy, use a little Vaseline... a VERY little. The Vaseline will quiet the cam assembly without affecting the friction required to make the system work. Wheel bearing grease reduces friction, which is what you DON'T want on the cams. The cam assemblies are 'consumables', just like brake pads. After they wear to the point that they're not effective, replace them. You don't lube brake pads, even if they squeal, 'cause friction is what makes them work. The cams work the same way.

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I used my Reese hitch for 20 years with no major wear in this area. One thing to remember, and this goes with lubing the hitch ball also, is to keep it clean. Use of a lube will also attract and hold abrasives to the lube. If you don't do an occasional wipe down and clean the lubed surfaces, the debris that gets imbedded into the grease will grind away the surfaces it's supposed to be protecting.

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