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Old 11-06-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Teflon coated Hitch Ball?

I am SOOOO sick of black sticky grease on any pair of pants I wear around our hitch!! I've seen what looks like teflon coated hitch balls at my local trailer store. Anyone tried one? Opinions?




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Old 11-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #2
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Never seen one, but I can't imagine it would be very durable, based on all the pots and pans I've had.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:25 PM   #3
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You know, a friend of ours does something different (that I haven't tried yet): He cuts a chunk out of a plastic milk bottle and places it over the ball. Lowering the hitch over the ball forces the plastic around the ball, and the plastic serves as the lubricant.


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Old 11-06-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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Try a baggie...

After a suggestion at a recent AS resto rally in ABQ, we started using a plastic baggie each time we connect (over the ball) . I keep a box in the back of the TV and easy to get at. After the haul and we disconnect, into the trash. Not real green but neither is grease. To date, no problems, ball and inside of trailer hitch look good.
Works for us...
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #5
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Some good ideas here. I am intrigued about the plastic milk bottle idea. Anyone else tried something like that?
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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Has anyone tried the old favorite of sailors -- McLube?

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:18 PM   #7
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It was common in sailboat mast bearings... where the mast rotates, to place a disc of plastic as a bearing.
Milk cartons, coffee can lids etc. were used when the offical type where not available.
Very simular as it would deform to the shape needed, and act as a bearing
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:52 AM   #8
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I just use this stuff with good results.
http://www.le-inc.com/products/documents/9200_flyer.pdf
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will that stuff ruin a pair of light colored geezer Dockers if you brush against the hitch? I can see that ground up plastic milk bottle would probably brush right off.
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Just wipe it off and put a cover on it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:28 AM   #11
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I use the baggie method mentioned above to keep the hitch ball covered while stored. I use white lithium grease for lubing. I wipe the grease off the ball with a paper towel every couple of tows to keep the grit off of it as much as possible. There is less black on hands and clothing, but still some.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:40 AM   #12
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I use a totally different lubricant, and method. I use a good quality chassis grease, injected thru a grease fitting I installed in the hitch before I hitched it to the ProPride hitch, and the trailer hitch never comes off the ball.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:17 AM   #13
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Teflon Disc

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It was common in sailboat mast bearings... where the mast rotates, to place a disc of plastic as a bearing.
Milk cartons, coffee can lids etc. were used when the offical type where not available.
Very simular as it would deform to the shape needed, and act as a bearing
I won't be traveling for a couple of months, but the disc idea is worth a try.

This is the teflon disc that I use on the boat, should anyone be interested. It's about a 2 1/2" diameter disc.

Teflon Mast Disc for the Laserģ

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Old 11-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #14
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Hmmm. In looking at the hitch ball after unhitching, it looks like it bears the weight in a narrow (1/4" of so) band about 1/3 of the way down from the top. How do you get/keep the plastic to form around that??

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