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Old 03-15-2006, 08:10 PM   #21
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Ditto on jimmickle's recommendation to lube where the WD bar pivots into the hitch head.

Reese recommends light vaseline only on the cams, if you do it at all. The only point is to reduce the noise -- not as if everybody isn't already staring at the millionaire Airstream driver!! Let them think we're flub-ups just because our Reese's have that nasty metal on metal sound....

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Old 03-19-2006, 12:19 AM   #22
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Big city bears

Thanks, for all the help I got choosing hitch and setting up.

I bought the special ball grease ..they are very proud of it here. $13. Oh well, right stuff, new $500 hitch, easy to have handy.
No grease on cams, got it, thanks!
I got it all set up easy enough and truck shop torqued down everything for me.
Ready to roll, come spring thaw.

There are oil holes in trunnion mount. 30wt oil? Or ball grease?

The bear comment thing:
I’m a Wildlife Biologist in Alaska. Lots of bears, moose & wolves here.
Working with Fish and Game we are studying Brown bear (grizzly bears) diet and habitat usage. We darted, captured and radio/GPS collared 9 Alaska brown bears this past summer and plan to do several more this year. Collar, ear tags, tattoo, temp, DNA, poke, prod, etc. Then sit next to them until they recover. It’s similar to “Light fuse, get away!”

We then fly over and upload data. GPS locations every 45 minutes, for 2+ years. Including current den sites. We were surprised to see just how much the bears use the military lands, state parks and urban interface with Anchorage…as in: They are IN the parks and peoples back yards at 2-3AM. Yet NO calls about them.

Having your hands on live bears is amazing. You haven’t lived until you’ve used a rectal thermometer on a 1000lb brown bear! Hey, someone has to do it…HAH!

Don’t try this at home…we’re professionals!
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