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Old 10-18-2009, 09:37 AM   #11
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

Jim - it does wear off. I just give it a squirt each time I hook up and it never seems to be a problem.

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Old 10-18-2009, 10:10 AM   #12
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

I think the bottom line is that one should use a good lubricant, one designed to reduce friction between two metal surfaces. There are lots of different kinds of these available. Vaseline, soap, wax and the like are not meant for these purposes.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:30 AM   #13
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

This was a great thread to read while on our recent 3000+ mile journey back to TX with our new 19. We had started hearing lots of loud squeaking noises when pulling the trailer pretty early in the trip. I checked the ball and definitely noticed wear from the friction/rubbing. So per the advice here, I picked up a small tube of lithium grease to apply to the hitch ball each time prior to hitching up. Although it certainly helped with the wear & tear on the hitch ball and reduced the squeaking noises we'd been hearing, we still hear quite a bit of squeaking. I'm thinking it's possibly the brakes. I'm gonna do more listening this weekend. If it sounds like it's coming from the brakes, I guess I'll try adjusting them (or having someone else adjust them for me ) and ser if that fixes it.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:08 PM   #14
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

I followed Doug and Jim's advice. I did hand sand the inside of the female component to remove the worst of the burrs. Then I greased the ball, and went on a very twisty road (Oregon Hwy 47). After that, there was no noticeable improvement in the trailer's hitch surface, but the groaning was gone.

I wish that I had greased from the start, but it is too late now.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:32 PM   #15
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

For all you 5.0'ers out there. Alf put me onto a nylon (teflon, ) washer that you put on the 5.0's tongue, that "lubricates" between the tongue and hitch. Just snaps on quickly, and is very inexpensive at Camping World. That way you don't have to grease it. Works great! Alf or I can attach a picture if anyone needs it.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:30 PM   #16
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

I too have noticed some sqeaky noises coming from the brakes on my 19' when first starting out in the morning. An RV mechanic told me that this was normal. He said to apply the brakes lightly using the slide bar on the controller to clean off the slight rust that may have formed on the magnets overnight.
On a similar note, I was noticing some brake grab, especially at low speed. A trailer brake adjustment fixed this problem. I was under the misconception that an adjustment was not needed until at least couple of thousand kms. I figure I had about 1000 kms when the grabbing problem showed up. Other than these two problems, the 19' handles and stops extemely well.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:03 PM   #17
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Re: Excessive hitch wear

Good to know re: using the slide bar on the controller to warm the brakes up & clean them off a little. However, 52chev also brought up another symptom that I forgot to mention which is the trailer's brakes seem grabby at low speeds for me as well. I've tried adjusting the Prodigy brake controller setting lower but haven't been able to find the sweet spot. Getting a brake adjustment would likely solve this issue for me as well. Especially considering we just put 3200+ miles on them during our trip back to TX.
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