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Old 10-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #11
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Re: hitch grease

I'm on my second old tennis ball, cut a little less than 180* from side to side. It goes on the hitch ball as soon as the hitch comes off, and only gets removed the moment I am hitching up. Second ball, because they do get crudded up after a while. Even though she has lots, the dog's not too happy when it comes time to donate one of her balls. No more lubricated pants.


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Old 10-20-2012, 11:37 PM   #12
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Re: hitch grease

We had the same creaking on turns and came to the same conclusion as you, namely that the trunnion points on the WDH needed some oil. We used 3-in-1 oil but I would think that Triflow would work as well. To try to keep the oil off of us, we put the bars carefully into paper trash bags and change the bags every once in a while.

We use white hitch ball grease for that purpose that you should be able to find easily. It comes in tubs that are the size of the ball so that you just put the tub over the hitch ball to grease it. We clean the ball on every arrival and put on a cover if removing the hitch. We use a shop paper towel for cleaning which has the grease off in less than a minute. And then re-grease before hitching again. You are also supposed to put some grease up inside the coupler at least every once in a while if not every time out.

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:53 AM   #13
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Re: hitch grease

Originally Posted by Floating Cloud
<snip>You are also supposed to put some grease up inside the coupler at least every once in a while if not every time out.
Agreed completely. I used to periodically spray the inside of the coupler with WD-40 (don't get me started on the misuse of WD-40) to rinse it down, then wiped it, then re-lubed it with a proper lubricant. An amazing amount of crud accumulates up in there.

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:21 AM   #14
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Re: hitch grease

The only lube I do to the coupler itself, is to spray a white grease into the mechanical workings a couple times a year tops (wiping any excess off). I do wipe it clean on the mating surface with the ball once in a while, but only apply grease to the to the ball.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #15
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Re: hitch grease

Originally Posted by Jim Bennett
I would definitely not risk putting something like a dryer sheet between the ball and hitch. Too much chance of it causes grief. It could easily break down and have bits get caught up in the mechanism, something you may not even notice build up until a problem is created.

Using a good grease, and either wiping it off, removing the ball mount, or simply putting on a protective cover is such an easy thing to do. It is so simple, why try to reinvent a new way?

It is one of those "Why risk it" scenarios. Manufacturers recommend a hitch grease for good reason.
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