Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-16-2015, 07:36 AM   #81
Moderator
 
Kevin245's Avatar

 
Vintage Kin Owner
... , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 10,662
Images: 9
We use milk jug material. Just cut the corners from the bottom of an empty jug and set one, or two over the ball before lowering the hitch. They wear fairly well and there's no mess.
__________________

__________________

"One of the best lessons I've learned is that you don't worry about criticism from people you wouldn't seek advice from."

William C. Swinney

Kevin245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2015, 09:08 AM   #82
Rivet Master
 
mefly2's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Eddie Bauer
2013 25' FB Eddie Bauer
2012 20' Flying Cloud
Small Town , *** Big Sky Country ***Western Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mixter View Post
FWIW, I am watching this thread develop with great interest to see what I'm missing, because I have never greased a ball in my life, and been towing bumper hitches for 26 years....

To me, it looks like a total mess. Of course, this is just my experience, so I'm open minded and waiting to see some compelling evidence that I'm messing something up.
Are you telling us that you do not see any galling on the ball (and hidden on the under side of the coupler)? You must be a very lucky man... as for me, galling is apparent on the coupler from when the AS was towed to the dealer from the factory! Maybe the composition of the metal has changed over the past 26 years ???

It is a lot of pressure on a very small area ~ 800+ pounds on less than a square inch of contact surface... 800+psi ??? ... judging from the wear "spot"/halo at the upper curved surface of the ball surrounding the flat spot on the top. Very little of the ball is in contact with the coupler at any given time - although most of the ball is in contact at some time. YMMV
Grease on the ball, lighter lube on the torsion bar pivots, please. Imagine just how much $$ the 18 wheelers could save it they didn't grease the load plate on their trailer connection to the tractor!

So, what do you do when your ball gets itchy? Leave it dry or more lube; that is your decision? Spring is nearly here - itching to get out; let's get out camping in these beautiful Airstreams.
__________________

__________________
2015 25' Eddie Bauer International Sp Ed
2019 Chev New Silverado 1500 6.2 V-8; equalizer hitch
AIR# 44105; formerly WBCCI 2015.1
Terminal Aluminitis; 2-people w/ 2-dogs
mefly2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2015, 09:47 AM   #83
3 Rivet Member
 
timhortons's Avatar
 
2015 16' Sport
Oakville , Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 234
Images: 29
Bears

I've heard that the ball grease attracts bears. Isn't there some sort of graphite based lube ?
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2015, 11:53 AM   #84
Vintage Kin
 
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 8,014
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by timhortons View Post
I've heard that the ball grease attracts bears. Isn't there some sort of graphite based lube ?

Maybe it's better they focus on the hitch ball. Chum for chumps.
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2015, 01:59 PM   #85
Rivet Master
 
paiceman's Avatar
 
2020 28' Flying Cloud
Upper St Clair , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,906
Images: 1
The couple wears without grease and it wears with grease but not as quickly and does not make as much noise. My parents had a 1971 30' AS International - traveled over 240,000 miles I don't think my father ever greased the ball, he did repack the bearings once a year but that is about it. I grease mine with a very light film and use a Hitch Grip when removing the head assembly or putting it on the truck, no grease on hands or cloths and much easier than lifting the thing with two hands.
__________________
Bud

2020 28' Twin Flying Cloud-(Our 5th Airstream)

USAF Master Training Instructor (TI) - 68-72
paiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2015, 02:26 PM   #86
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 12,088
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
I have never heard of the Hitch Grip, but that looks like something I'm going to want to add to my toolbox!

HitchGrip - Lmd Products Inc HG-712 - Trailer Towing Accessories - Camping World
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2015, 08:54 AM   #87
Regular Guy
 
NavyCorpsman's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Hot Springs , Arkansas
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 600
This thread is amusing! I can see the printed label:....

AIRSTREAM BALL LUBE
Guaranteed to prevent squeaks, it will never rust, bust or collect dust. This product will give a 10 MPG improvement in fuel economy and while stationary will repel Bears, insects, snakes, and wolves. This amazing product has HUNDREDS of uses around the home. Use it instead of oil when frying chicken, on your skin to prevent sun damage, and on anything around the home or RV that squeaks, creaks, or peeps. It can be sprayed on the ground to attract Huge Nightcrawlers at your favorite fishing hole. Sprayed directly on any Airstream, it will create a high luster polished finish that looks like Chrome! Just spray and forget it. It will also instantly remove ANY dent no matter how deep on your RV making it look new again.
Our team of highly skilled AIRFORUM professionals have created the ULTIMATE lubricant that will replace just about every product you use in the Home, RV, and garage.
If you think it's too good to be true, remember, you read it here first. And after all, it is on the internet.
NavyCorpsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2015, 09:54 AM   #88
Moderator
 
eubank's Avatar

 
1967 30' Sovereign
1999 31' Land Yacht
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,734
Humm. I hadn't really thought about it before, but has anybody thought of using either wax (parafin) or hand soap? I use them to lubricate the zippers on the MG's tonneau cover without attracting too much dust, but don't know if one or the other would be appropriate for a hitch ball. (I've always used grease on the hitch ball.)


Lynn
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2015, 11:50 AM   #89
Rivet Master
 
SteveH's Avatar
 
2005 39' Land Yacht 390 XL 396
Common Sense , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 5,319
Quote:
Originally Posted by eubank View Post
Humm. I hadn't really thought about it before, but has anybody thought of using either wax (parafin) or hand soap? I use them to lubricate the zippers on the MG's tonneau cover without attracting too much dust, but don't know if one or the other would be appropriate for a hitch ball. (I've always used grease on the hitch ball.)


Lynn
The people on the Casita forums like to use Door Ease as a ball lubricant, it's basically a wax, and it works well for them with about 300lbs of tongue weight.

I don't think it will work well with tongue weights like our Airstreams have, plus the load put on the ball from WD hitches.
__________________
Regards,
Steve
SteveH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2015, 01:17 PM   #90
Rivet Master
 
noreen&sal's Avatar
 
1981 27' Excella II
mays landing , South Jersey
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,179
Images: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by NavyCorpsman View Post
This thread is amusing! I can see the printed label:....

AIRSTREAM BALL LUBE
Guaranteed to prevent squeaks, it will never rust, bust or collect dust. This product will give a 10 MPG improvement in fuel economy and while stationary will repel Bears, insects, snakes, and wolves. This amazing product has HUNDREDS of uses around the home. Use it instead of oil when frying chicken, on your skin to prevent sun damage, and on anything around the home or RV that squeaks, creaks, or peeps. It can be sprayed on the ground to attract Huge Nightcrawlers at your favorite fishing hole. Sprayed directly on any Airstream, it will create a high luster polished finish that looks like Chrome! Just spray and forget it. It will also instantly remove ANY dent no matter how deep on your RV making it look new again.
Our team of highly skilled AIRFORUM professionals have created the ULTIMATE lubricant that will replace just about every product you use in the Home, RV, and garage.
If you think it's too good to be true, remember, you read it here first. And after all, it is on the internet.
I gotta get some and spray it on my bum knee. Sal
__________________
Sal & Nora
Let us live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain
AIR 42483
TAC N.J. 17
WBCCI 24740
noreen&sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 08:26 PM   #91
2 Rivet Member
 
1994 34' Excella
Kalamazoo , Michigan
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 83
Not sure if it helps the hitch or not, but it sure leaves an indelible mark on my pants every time I walk into the hitch at night. Kind of a pain ledger, I suppose.


Sent from my iPad using Airstream Forums
TomS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 09:40 AM   #92
Rivet Master
 
mefly2's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Eddie Bauer
2013 25' FB Eddie Bauer
2012 20' Flying Cloud
Small Town , *** Big Sky Country ***Western Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomS View Post
Not sure if it helps the hitch or not, but it sure leaves an indelible mark on my pants every time I walk into the hitch at night. Kind of a pain ledger, I suppose.


Sent from my iPad using Airstream Forums
I have lots of comments, but ...
__________________
2015 25' Eddie Bauer International Sp Ed
2019 Chev New Silverado 1500 6.2 V-8; equalizer hitch
AIR# 44105; formerly WBCCI 2015.1
Terminal Aluminitis; 2-people w/ 2-dogs
mefly2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 09:24 AM   #93
Rivet Master
 
Ray Eklund's Avatar
 
2019 27' International
2014 25' International
2006 23' Safari SE
Fort Saunders , Wyoming
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,113
Dry or Greased Balls come loose on Equal-i-zer Hitches!

I am a confirmed ball greaser of the first order. For eight years I towed a 23 foot Safari with the "?" hitch with the tension bars and chains. Never a problem. (Cannot recall the name of the hitch, but those with the chains may add the brand.)

The Airstream dealer only offered the Equalizer Hitch assembly with 1,000 pound spring arms for the 25 foot International CCD attached to the 2012 Tundra Crew Max.

While in Arizona a fellow Airstreamer with a front bed International did not grease his ball and mentioned that it had come "loose" and needed to have it tightened. Well... I figured you need to grease your ball to reduce the friction and prevent something like this to happen... ever again.

When inserting the hitch into the truck's receiver you have the two tension bar inserts flopping around so nothing felt out of the ordinary... but this time I grabbed my ball, just this one... and it was... LOOSE. I carry a socket and long handle socket wrench to avoid paying to have a ball transplant when a ball gets worn from long use. Never needed it... but I carry it along anyways. The large nut with "lock washer" was loose by 2 and a half rotations to tighten. I could move it by hand with little effort.

This was really our first long trip into the Southwestern Desert Country. All on paved roads and RV Park camping, which is not our normal camping.

CHECK YOUR BALLS BEFORE YOU LEAVE TOWN Equalizer Hitchers. Mine was loose, yours could be as well. Even by torquing I could get the ball to rotate in the hitch... so here at home I will use a second monkey wrench to keep the ball from rotating and try to get this taken care of... The ball also seems to have more wear on one side of the top ball. This I will bring up to Equalizer and the local Airstream dealership. Hopefully it is a fixable adjustment and not a common flaw. It did get my attention.

I am going to post this experience on a separate post and get any feedback from other Equalizer Hitch owner's experiences.
Ray Eklund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 10:13 AM   #94
Rivet Master
 
drboyd's Avatar

 
1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,483
^^^ Nothing worse than having a ball come loose and flop around - that's what I always say.
__________________
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 10:37 AM   #95
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,229
Quote:
Originally Posted by drboyd View Post
^^^ Nothing worse than having a ball come loose and flop around - that's what I always say.
When correctly viewed, everything is lewd.
(Tom Lehrer, a voice from the 60's)



Couldn't find "smut" but here's another ditty.
__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 01:30 PM   #96
Rivet Master
 
drboyd's Avatar

 
1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,483
Lewd?! Moi?
__________________
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 07:27 AM   #97
Regular Guy
 
NavyCorpsman's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Hot Springs , Arkansas
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 600
Good point on the ball loosening up. That's why I weld mine in.
NavyCorpsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 08:10 AM   #98
1 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Minooka , Illinois
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 13
Hitch ball.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray Eklund View Post
I am a Ball Greaser. Wheel bearing grease works for me.

I had a friend who said it was not necessary. It was dirty. It served no purpose other than watching an adult making a mess of the only Ball on the trailer. This is the same guy that opened his garage door with the remote... forgot to release the door locking mechanism and I helped HIM to cobble it together so they could leave on their camping trip.

His "clean method". He said he uses "wax paper".

I looked over Threads to find if someone knew how to handle a Trailer's Ball and Hitch. None. So I open this for discussion.

What works best? Slapping on a good amount of wheel bearing grease or a wax paper job on your Ball Work? Even if wax paper is the preferred method... I have four or five years of Ball Grease to use up. My wife said it was outside her "inside the trailer work". "You figure out what to do with your ball problem, not me."



You can stick to your cookie wax paper roll and I will put on the rubber glove and slap some grease on the Ball and not have to hear the squeak, squeak, squeak when trying to sneak away early in the morning from the RV Park.
I use grease on my ball.
Deerhunter1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 12:47 PM   #99
Vintage Kin
 
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 8,014
Images: 1
I grease the ball and today bought antenna grease. Both are highly water resistant.

-- feeling like Panama Red

.
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2015, 11:18 AM   #100
Rivet Master
 
tjdonahoe's Avatar
 
2013 31' Classic
billings , Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,667
So is vasaline...
__________________

tjdonahoe is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reducing wear and tear on Propane Tank and Storage plate ghaynes755 LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 3 06-16-2014 06:14 PM
Belly Pan Wear & Tear TinLoaf Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 4 03-06-2012 12:34 PM
To grease or not to grease Grand Master Hitches, Couplers & Balls 16 04-19-2009 01:45 PM
This may bring a tear to your eye ROBERT CROSS Vintage Kin 5 01-16-2009 06:00 PM
Ball Grease or Not? rickandsandi Hitches, Couplers & Balls 30 10-26-2006 09:16 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.