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Old 06-26-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hitch noises?

Everytime we turn, our 240BI creaks and groans. Is that normal? I'm sure it's normal for some sounds but it is LOUD. We can hear it our radio playing.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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We reduced most of our hitch noise by greasing the WD bars where they insert into the hitch. Now the only noise is from the sway bar, which states not to grease. It needs friction. Your hitch may be designed differently though...
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:46 PM   #3
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What type of hitch do you have?
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:59 PM   #4
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My Reese creaks and groans like an old man, especially at low speeds. The sway bars connecting and disconnecting makes a nice racket too. I put a LIGHT layer of grease on the sways and it helped some.
I think the noise is normal, theres a lot of stress on those parts.
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WWW asked the most important question

on some of the trail air tri-glides the hitch had grease fittings and many did not come greased from the factory... they would literally BANG back and forth...

once you put the heavy grease it called for, it damped down the movement to nearly no noise... and made for a much more comfortable tow...

REALLY liked that hitch on the heavy 5er !
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:21 PM   #6
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John, the op has a tt.
Not a 5th wheel.
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Oops - sorry - my bad

didn't even register the forum it was in - just linked from the right recent posts!

I'll go back to sleep now
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:33 AM   #8
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You are not suppose to lube the sway bar but you can clean it. When mine old rig made noises, I cleaned the bar real well and the noises went away for several trips.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:07 AM   #9
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He probably has an Equilizer 4 point and he needs "bracket jackets" to stop the noise..
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I see several TTs daily with the chain type wd hitches that are set up improperly with the ends of the bars up at the top of the frame not parallel to the bottom of the frame & squealing like a pig under a gate & probably not helping too much.
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If it is an equalizer, they indicate some is normal. Frequently Asked Questions

No idea their idea of "some" vs what you are hearing. Mine is loud as well, I clean / lube the sockets and hitch head as they indicate. Still loud. I likely need to adjust the angle of my hitch head.
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If it is an equalizer, they indicate some is normal. Frequently Asked Questions

No idea their idea of "some" vs what you are hearing. Mine is loud as well, I clean / lube the sockets and hitch head as they indicate. Still loud. I likely need to adjust the angle of my hitch head.
Do you have 'bracket jackets 'on the square bars? If not , add them . I have no noise. If ther eis any noise it is because there is no grease on the ball.
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Harley, I do have the jackets, but they were used before me, so I likely should replace just to get new. I do need to lube the hitch head more or before use and clean after.
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