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Old 10-19-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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hitch grease

Shortly after we got our 17b, I noticed that it squeeked & creaked when going around corners. After reading about putting wax paper on the ball, I finally went to a hardware store and got some wheel bearing grease, and put that on the ball. It improved the creaking & squeaking. Then I added grease to the stabilizer bars, and now it is MUCH better, pretty much silent. But it also collects a lot of dirt, and if I am not careful, I get grease on my clothes when hitching and unhitching.

Is there some better grease for this purpose than wheel bearing grease? would a light weight lubricant like triflow work for this?

Interested in hearing your experience, and thanks in advance for any advice.

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Re: hitch grease

Prior to every hitch up, I wipe off the hitch ball and the inside of the hitch coupler and then apply some white grease to the hitchball. I keep a small tube of it in the trailer and have a spray can of it at home. I've never tried applying grease to the wdh/stabilizer bars - although I might try that sometime.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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Re: hitch grease

Hi: Leon Webster...Another great plus for the 5.0...No grease required. A Teflon plate on the trailer pin and you're ready to TOW!!! Neat and clean too. Alf
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: hitch grease

I keep mine well lubricated and use one of these for protection ( sounds like an xrated post)
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:36 AM   #5
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Re: hitch grease

I use lucas lube for fith wheel hitch plate on the ball, I don't use a weight distribution set up so no bars to deal with. I also use um " protection" for the ball when not in use to minimize the mess. I have seen the hitch balls with the nylon piece on them much like the fith wheel plate that Alf uses , but not sure about that yet, I guess I will look into it more. I really don't miss having to deal with the equalizer bars.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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Re: hitch grease

I always use grease too. I don't wipe it off and reapply every time, but do once it starts to get a bit dirty and thicker.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #7
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Re: hitch grease

A friend uses a dryer sheet on top of ball no grease. It works well and no grease to get on your pant leg.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #8
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Re: hitch grease

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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Re: hitch grease

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I keep mine well lubricated and use one of these for protection ( sounds like an xrated post)
Hi:cpaharley2008... I too use a lube product called Dura-Lube www.duralube.com to keep the moving hitch parts moving. The hitch stays under cover. Either the trailer is on it, or the tonneau!!! Alf
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:05 PM   #10
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Re: hitch grease

I used synthetic wheel bearing grease with our old Casita. After I tattooed my jeans and legs enough times, I got in the habit of wiping off the ball whenever we camped and re-greasing it when we hitched up. I stored everything with a light coating of the grease to prevent rust.

Those hitch-ball-covers look like a good idea, and will probably keep the greasy ball from getting coated with grit and increasing the wear in the hitch.

Dave

p.s.: The synthetic wheel bearing grease is also great for lubing the rails in semi-auto pistols and the bolts, lugs and rails in rifles.
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