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OldGuyOnTheRun

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No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:28:24 PM »
Does anyone grease your hitch ball? I towed a small trailer for many years and clearly my hitch ball suffered from the friction.

Is it a good idea?
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 01:49:03 PM »
Does anyone grease your hitch ball? I towed a small trailer for many years and clearly my hitch ball suffered from the friction.

Is it a good idea?

I always did with a very slight coat of grease. You are living proof as to why you should have years ago. Not only is your ball damaged, but the socket on the trailer will also be galled.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 02:25:53 PM »
Yes.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2018, 02:37:31 PM »
Yes, and I keep grease on the equalizing bar pivots, too.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 02:40:56 PM »
Another greaser here.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2018, 03:03:52 PM »
Me too. Ball and sway bar joints.
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OldGuyOnTheRun

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 03:26:54 PM »
Thanks greasers. Will do.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2018, 05:35:38 PM »
I always have grease on my balls too.   ::)

And I always have a spare Walmart bag to cover hitch when I'm camping, because I Always bump into it.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2018, 08:12:27 PM »
I always have grease on my balls too.   ::)

And I always have a spare Walmart bag to cover hitch when I'm camping, because I Always bump into it.

After unhooking, the first thing I used to do was pull the hitch from the receiver. I couldn't walk within 10 feet of my truck without banging into it!
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2018, 08:18:54 PM »
  ::) And man, that does hurt with no padding on the shins.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2018, 01:22:02 AM »
I figure I saved money by buying a motorhome as the pants I ruined with hitch ball and equalizer grease were getting expensive. 

My shins have since healed too.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2018, 02:42:31 AM »
I always have grease on my balls too.   ::)

And I always have a spare Walmart bag to cover hitch when I'm camping, because I Always bump into it.

Ditto
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 02:43:20 AM »
After unhooking, the first thing I used to do was pull the hitch from the receiver. I couldn't walk within 10 feet of my truck without banging into it!
Ditto again
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2018, 02:45:11 AM »
I've towed trailer of one kind or another since I was 16 years old (I'm turning 64 in about 6 weeks) and have never towed a trailer that DIDN'T have grease on the ball.  You are talking about a metal to metal contact point that moves.....grease is the only way to solve that issue.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2018, 04:05:52 AM »
Yes, Often.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2018, 07:57:49 AM »
I got tired of greasy hands and pants and decided to forego the grease on the ball and simply plan on changing it if wear gets excessive. A decent quality ball lasts for years anyway.  When high quality chrome plated balls got hard to find at local stores, I went back to the unplated kind and simply clean it up occasionally with a synthetic steel wool pad.   However, I do use a spot of grease in the coupler itself, and some of that gets on the ball.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2018, 10:00:19 AM »
Any steel on steel contact needs lubrication.  I put the ball back into the coupler immediately after disconnecting to not only keep grease off my pants, protect my shins and keep the ball and coupler cleaner.  In addition, this adds a bit of security to both the trailer and the hitch.  To do this easily, I made a lift tool so the hitch can be carried and placed using one hand to carry and the other to operate the latch.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2018, 01:00:36 PM »
First thing I do after disconnecting the trailer is to remove the ball mount assembly. That way I don't run into it with my leg.

The ball needs to be greased. If it is not it will get galled along with the trailer coupler. The ball is easy to replace but the coupler is not.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2018, 01:21:49 PM »
Greaser here.  I used the heaviest weight grease I could find.  I used parrifin occasionally too.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2018, 03:58:21 PM »
 Use a split tennis ball to protect the ball after greasing.>>>Dan
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2018, 04:38:36 PM »
My hitch had a little wiggle to it so I cut a piece of metal to take up the slack.
I even drilled a hole in it for the locking pin to go through.  Well after pounding it in
just past half way it decided to not move any more in either direction.  Yes it took up the slack just fine
and there is no more wobble. However the metal exposed rusted a little and the receiver has not been
removed for a long time.  I doubt that it will come out without a lot of work so it stays put.
Because I have a motorcycle lift on the back which sticks out more then the ball does I don't run into it.
I have a cover over the ball when I'm not using the trailer which helps keep the grease on the ball but
this posting is a good reminder to add more grease to it add it to my to do list before I take a 1200 mile trip this Fall.

 
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2018, 05:15:36 PM »
I bought a cap to cover the ball and reduce the risk of getting grease on me or other things.
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2018, 05:29:10 PM »
Does anyone grease your hitch ball? I towed a small trailer for many years and clearly my hitch ball suffered from the friction.

Is it a good idea?

I used to apply a small amount of grease to the ball, it's easily transferred to legs and pants.. so I gave up and bought an Andersen no sway hitch.. no more grease..!
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2018, 07:07:03 PM »
I used to apply a small amount of grease to the ball, it's easily transferred to legs and pants.. so I gave up and bought an Andersen no sway hitch.. no more grease..!

With the extreme pressure that the Andersen puts on the latch. I would grease the ball.  The ball still gets worked in the up and down direction.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2018, 03:26:16 PM »
With the extreme pressure that the Andersen puts on the latch. I would grease the ball.  The ball still gets worked in the up and down direction.

so how does this differ from a more conventional WDH ?
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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2018, 02:07:52 AM »
so how does this differ from a more conventional WDH ?

Look at the pair of chains pulling back at a level below the ball and putting pressure on the latch which is at the lower rear area of the ball.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2018, 07:23:37 AM »
I bought a cap to cover the ball and reduce the risk of getting grease on me or other things.
When I worked in an RV parts store these were one of our best sellers.  A couple of bucks saved a lot of greasy pants.  But no help in not wrecking a knee when you forget it sticks out.  Here are some overpriced versions:


https://www.amazon.com/TRAILER-HITCH-COVER-PROTECTOR-ATLANTIS/dp/B00RDFG1G2/ref=sr_1_15/135-3661903-5573659?ie=UTF8&qid=1538310262&sr=8-15&keywords=trailer+hitch+ball+cover

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2018, 07:46:28 AM »
When I worked in an RV parts store these were one of our best sellers.  A couple of bucks saved a lot of greasy pants.  But no help in not wrecking a knee when you forget it sticks out.  Here are some overpriced versions:


https://www.amazon.com/TRAILER-HITCH-COVER-PROTECTOR-ATLANTIS/dp/B00RDFG1G2/ref=sr_1_15/135-3661903-5573659?ie=UTF8&qid=1538310262&sr=8-15&keywords=trailer+hitch+ball+cover

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This is what I use. Just have to remember to wipe it off once in a while as some grease will find its way to the outside of it.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2018, 07:58:59 AM »
This is what I use. Just have to remember to wipe it off once in a while as some grease will find its way to the outside of it.

I used those things years ago.  Not only will some grease get on the outside, but dirt will get inside and that is not easy to clean.

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Re: No joke. Anyone grease your hitch ball?
« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2018, 08:09:11 PM »
trailer hitch lube?

I've enjoyed riding motos for decades and lube the chains often.  It's a very harsh environment and chains would not last very long running dry.  So I use chain lube on the hitch...the waxy version sometimes.  Seems to work just fine and seems to "stick" around better than regular lubes... spray on when needed.
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