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Old 06-28-2016, 10:17 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, 10:33 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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Old 06-28-2016, 03:17 PM   #3
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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, 05:24 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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Old 06-28-2016, 05:31 PM   #5
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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.
Like the French chef in the Bugs Bunny cartoon?

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Old 06-28-2016, 06:40 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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Old 06-30-2016, 04:33 AM   #9
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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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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!
Interesting as to who "they" are?

If you've never used grease or lube, try turning a corner, feeling the "shutter" as it forces itself around the turn.
Some have said they've had to replace the receiver as its worn through due to a lack of lubrication.

Next, try and remove the ball from the receiver when dry. Jumping up and down, raising the hitch, and then raising the tow vehicle doesn't do much to help the jack. Ever broke a top gear insert key when raising too high?

What's the big deal with wiping off the grease after disconnecting? It's really better to clean and reapply new grease when using the trailer the next time.
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:26 PM   #12
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I grease the ball and place a can koozi over the ball when not connected to tv. It keeps my shins clean and blood free...
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Well I am glad I read this. I did originally apply a little grease but havent since. Looks like I need to add grease on a regular basis. For some reason I thought my saleman or the guy who hooked up my sway bars told me that I did not need to use grease?
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That was probably that salesmans 1st time also.
Just grease the hitch ball & the couple miniature balls on the sway bar not the entire sway bar.
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Did you mean weight distribution bars? You said sways, as in more than 1. Makes me think you have weight distribution with sway control.
Refer to the brand to see if they need a little grease, likely not.
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I grease the ball and place a can koozi over the ball when not connected to tv. It keeps my shins clean and blood free...
I like the koozi idea. Also with the Koozi greased it lets the beer cans slide in easier.
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I split a tennis ball and slide it over the ball. Keeps thing clean and is bright and visible. Kinda slows down the game, though.
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