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Old 02-15-2015, 03:27 PM   #51
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Lube with a traditional ball hitch is very helpful. It reduces wear, which you may not see over a short period of time, but definitely will over the long haul. It also eliminates some noises otherwise heard. It is recommended by the hitch and trailer manufacturers, and is super easy to do, there is no reason not to do it.
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There is one reason not to do it, at least in my case.
I think about it a lot, but I still pick up the WDH by the ball and the shank, getting grease all over me.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:09 PM   #53
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? What do my fellow Escapers think of buying a polisher ?
Makita 9227C 7" Electronic Polisher Sander | eBay


Is going all in with Makita and all the extras overkill?
No, mine is overkill. http://www.amazon.com/Flex-XC3401VRG.../dp/B001DB0NVG

Used to do auto body work in a previous life, finally burned up my old rotary one from that time period and went for the dual action (orbital). I use them a lot. I have an older model of the PC, it's just personal preference but I like the handling on a longer bodied unit.

Unless I'm mistaken, the Makita is a rotary, unless you know what you are doing you might want to look for an orbital. You can burn the finish if you catch an edge. Keep it as light as you can too.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:24 PM   #54
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There is one reason not to do it, at least in my case.
I think about it a lot, but I still pick up the WDH by the ball and the shank, getting grease all over me.
Most people would learn after doing that once.....just sayin'.

But, people are always free to do as they wish, and aren't bound to go my manufacturer guidelines.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:25 PM   #55
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I have a small 2 ton bottle jack with a v block. It would only need to raise the axle a couple of inches.
That's fine for the rear axle of the truck, or even an axle of an Escape 5.0TA, but for the front of the truck or for the Torflex-suspended trailers, you're lifting the frame and it will likely take more than a couple of inches. Fortunately, hydraulic bottle jacks have lots of travel... but it might need to sit on a block to start high enough. A 2-ton bottle jack might only be 12" tall extended.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:27 PM   #56
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Trust me, the jack Ford supplies with the truck SUCKS. I'll use it if necessary on my truck, but I'm not going to use it on the trailer.
What type is this (vertical screw, scissors...), and what's wrong with it? Do you know if the 2015 has the same jack?
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The ball cover (especially with a fixed ball) makes more sense to me. Exposed to the rain, a hitch ball will rust wherever the plating has been worn away. We always used to just pull it from the receiver and store it in the vehicle. No rust.
I agree - our ball mount is taken out between towing trips, and a simple cover goes on the ball for short stops during the trip if the trailer is unhitched... more to avoid the grease than to protect from rain. Ideally, for me a ball cover should be bright orange to reduce accidental shin contact.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:32 PM   #58
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That's fine for the rear axle of the truck, or even an axle of an Escape 5.0TA, but for the front of the truck or for the Torflex-suspended trailers, you're lifting the frame and it will likely take more than a couple of inches. Fortunately, hydraulic bottle jacks have lots of travel... but it might need to sit on a block to start high enough. A 2-ton bottle jack might only be 12" tall extended.
It's just for the trailer. An old one, but it will work well for the 19's axle height. I always put a wider block under them anyway, not just for height but stability.

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What type is this (vertical screw, scissors...), and what's wrong with it? Do you know if the 2015 has the same jack?
The 2015 comes with a scissor jack, and I've never had a problem with them, although it does take some effort to turn under load. At home though I use a hydraulic floor jack. Just easier.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:46 PM   #59
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It's just for the trailer. An old one, but it will work well for the 19's axle height. I always put a wider block under them anyway, not just for height but stability.
Sounds like a plan, but...
My only concern is the references to the axle: with a Torflex - as with any other independent suspension - you lift the frame, not the axle. That means the required lift difference is the whole droop travel of the suspension, plus tire sidewall compression.

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The 2015 comes with a scissor jack, and I've never had a problem with them. At home though I use a hydraulic floor jack. Just easier.
Same here: every car I've owned has had a scissors jack, and they all work fine when used properly... but I usually use a floor jack at home. I never even tried the screw jack that came with our Chevy pickup; it needed lots of work, but I just didn't have to do a roadside jacking.
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There is one reason not to do it, at least in my case.
I think about it a lot, but I still pick up the WDH by the ball and the shank, getting grease all over me.
When I asked the RV Tech guy about lubing the hitch he was noncommittal. But said that if I decide to lube the hitch I should be sure to use white lithium grease. I asked him why, and he explained that white lithium grease is easier to get out of your pants after you get the grease on them.

I lubed the ball and the bars (where they rotated) on my weight distribution hitch. I doubt it saved much wear and tear, but it did make it quieter when going around corners.
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