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Old 06-28-2016, 09:17 AM   #1
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hitch grease?

On our last travel trailer (8 yrs ago) we were told to put lubrication on the ball of the hitch when we hooked up. We just purchased a new travel trailer this spring and now they told us we shouldn't use grease.

I was just wondering what others are doing? Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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I use grease (and have a rubber cover for the ball when unhooked). Some use waxed paper over the ball instead of grease.
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There are two ways to deal with the grease:

You can apply it to the ball and let it rub off on your pants every time you walk by.

- OR -

You can apply it directly to your pant legs so that it will reapply a small amount to the ball every time you get near the hitch.

The end results are the same.
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:24 PM   #4
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I use a high temp grease on mine, just a thin coating. When not in use I put a blue exam glove on it. Looks odd but stops the grease stains.
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I use a high temp grease on mine, just a thin coating. When not in use I put a blue exam glove on it. Looks odd but stops the grease stains.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:40 PM   #7
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Ok, sounds like we'll go back to using the grease. Thanks everyone
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I use grease for less wear and noise.
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Thought I would reply with the "why" you need grease on the ball in the first place. Not only for the noise. A long time mechanic friend of mine, told me there is a chance, only a chance, that the friction of turns could loosen the ball itself. Highly unlikely with the sway control. But with regular trailers with no sway control, it could happen. I grease the ball and silicone lube the hitch pivot points. Still crashes and bangs with tight turns.
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There are two ways to deal with the grease:

You can apply it to the ball and let it rub off on your pants every time you walk by.

- OR -

You can apply it directly to your pant legs so that it will reapply a small amount to the ball every time you get near the hitch.

The end results are the same.
A combination grease/antibiotic/painkilling cream is good to put on the ball for when you ram your shin into it at a full gallop.
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