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Old 05-11-2003, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hitch ball lubrication

Is it necessary to lube the hitch ball? I get dirty enough without that mess.

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Old 05-11-2003, 01:36 PM   #2
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yes

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it needs lube, i use cheap wheel bearing grease.

i keep it in the tool box inside the tounge. along with the cheater bar for the hitch and some rags.

i got into the habit of diching the hitch when i get to my destination. avoids the mess and the walking into it and busting up my shins.

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Old 05-11-2003, 01:50 PM   #3
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I use the Reese stuff in Walmart and when not towing I put a plastic cap over the ball to keep the stuff from getting on everything. I also remove the hitch and store it inside the trailer because I've done the same thing as John, busted a shin or tripped right over the thing in the dark.
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Old 05-11-2003, 02:08 PM   #4
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When I picked up my trailer the PO showed me his method. He places a five inch or so square of 4mil plastic sheet over the ball. It prevents friction, and keeps everything clean. He says he never uses grease, and he's been pulling AS for 20 years or so.

I'm not sure if it's easier than just smearing a little grease on the ball though.
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Old 05-11-2003, 05:55 PM   #5
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Greese all the way!

Right now I'm using Mobil 1 synthetic greese. The same I greese my ball joints and rear control arm with.....

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Old 05-12-2003, 10:32 AM   #6
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Teflon hitch ball grease

I use white teflon hitch-ball grease on the ball and on the equalizer bars. A plastic jar of it has lasted me for years.

It is great except for one thing ... it turns black in use and is sheer hell to get out of your clothes and off your hands if you accidentally touch the ball.

I usually remove the hitch when parked and lock it in the tongue. I put my locked pin through the drawbar to discourage theft.
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:40 AM   #7
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This is an interesting topic. We did a technical forum at an April rally led by the service manager at Bill Thomas Camper Sales. One of the topics was lubrication on the hitch ball and on the trunion bars. He contended that the way most people lubricate these components actually causes more wear and tear. The important thing that most people neglect is keeping the lubricated areas clean. Most of the lubricant attracts dirt and other debris which end up grinding and causing wear and tear.

I took a look at mine and he was right. I probably would be doing better without the lube. I need to do some serious cleaning of the hitch components.

The other thing he noted was the number of loose hitch balls they encounter. Since the hitch ball is usually greasy and dirty folks tend to not check out the tightness of the nut that secures the ball.

I've seen the disks that are used on 5th wheel hitches that eliminate the need for lube. Would be nice if there would be a similar product for a ball.

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I am new to towing a car behind my motorhome, and have done it just a few times. The question I have is will greasing the ball help in getting the hitch off?
When we stop and want to get the car loose it seems to be awfully hard to do so. I have a Stowmaster and it is easy to use except for this.
I also have seen teflon hitch lube..any use?
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AlanSD,

You might want to make sure that your tow ball is the right size. It should not be unusually tough to undo the latch and then the ttrailer tongue should come off rather easily.
I am thinking that your tow ball might be too large for the trailer tongue, or tow bar mechanism, whichever it is you're using.
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consumable item

"The other thing he noted was the number of loose hitch balls they encounter. Since the hitch ball is usually greasy and dirty folks tend to not check out the tightness of the nut that secures the ball. "

i view the ball as an consumable item, when they get loose i have had little luck getting them to tighten up more. (or loosen)

just cut it off and get a new one.

20 bucks tops, cheap insurance.

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