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Old 12-06-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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Grease the WDH to eliminate noise?

We get a lot of creaking and groaning when making turns, and my suspicion is that it's either the WDH or (less likely) the ball hitch. Is it a good idea to grease the bars or where the bars sit on the WDH, or is this just normal noise that we should ignore? This is our first camper and the dealer didn't mention anything about it.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:38 AM   #2
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It's normal noise. Annoying, yes... But totally normal.

I would say "no", does not need to use grease.

I have used a light amount of lubricant in the past on the spring bars which does eliminate the noise, but probably eliminates some of the sway control..?

I used it because my family was embarrassed to pull in the our neighborhood after camping because of the groaning on slow tight turns. However, in the camp ground, most trailers on the move have a similar noise when passing.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:40 AM   #3
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It's normal noise. Annoying, yes... But totally normal.

I have used a light amount of lubricant in the past on the spring bars which does eliminate the noise, but probably eliminates some of the sway control..?
Thanks. That's good to hear at least. It sounds like a dying dog back there sometimes! I did wonder about the sway control aspect, as (in my limited knowledge) it seems like the sway is kept under control by friction between the bars and the ledge where they sit (whatever that's called).
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:07 PM   #4
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We get a lot of creaking and groaning when making turns, and my suspicion is that it's either the WDH or (less likely) the ball hitch. Is it a good idea to grease the bars or where the bars sit on the WDH, or is this just normal noise that we should ignore? This is our first camper and the dealer didn't mention anything about it.
It's normal for the Equal-i-zerŪ Hitch brand. The rear of the load bars are metal-to-metal contact. I paint the bars and brackets from time to time. It quiets it down for a while and there is no grease to get on stuff you don't want it on.

The sockets in the Equal-i-zerŪ Hitch head, however, should be lubed.

The hitch ball and hitch latch mechanism should be lubed occasionally.
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:43 PM   #5
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Equalizer makes a sway bracket jacket to reduce noise. I haven't tried them so can't say how they work.
Sway Bracket Jacket (pair) : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:19 PM   #6
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And interesting that on the page linked above it says:


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NOTE: Utilizing lubrication on the Equal-i-zer L-Bracket, in the form of the Sway Bracket Jacket or any grease type lubricant, may lessen or decrease your sway control by a small degree.

The anti-sway relies on the friction between the two components to manage the sway. Putting lube on here is kind of like getting grease on your brake pads. They still work, but not very well.


I have friction anti-sway, and find that taking the bar out and cleaning it will often reduce the noise. Husky recommends occasionally cleaning the friction surface.
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:26 PM   #7
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alot depends on the WDH that you have. please post which model you have.

Absolutely grease the ball. I use bearing grease, and re-grease every 1500 miles. if you have an equalizer brand, grease the pivot points on the head. I use differential grease,which acts like really thick motor oil.

this combo removes all hitch noise for me.

you can find the recommended grease points online for your particular wdh.

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On our second trip of our rookie season ours made so much noise that I thought we lost a wheel bearing. Our Husky hitch has grease fittings for the bars, but I just put some lithium grease on them when we hookup. If it starts creaking again I know I need to lube more.
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The equalizer manual explains where you should apply grease. On the hitch head itself, where the sway bars pivot is one of those locations, prevents rust, wear and tear, and some of the noise.

The application of greese on the other end of the bars, where they are locked into their L_brackets is an optional location to apply a little grease as well. Per equalizer, putting grease in these optional locations does reduce (but who knows how much) some of your anti-sway capability.

I use grease in both locations, and have no issues with sway, so it's really a personal preference. If you have zero sway issues and the noise is driving you crazy, no harm using a small amount of grease at all of those contact points. If you don't like the results, wipe it off, no harm, no foul.
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:29 PM   #10
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I have a Reese wdh with 600lb friction bars. Those bars get locked into brake pad type surface for friction. I wouldn't want to grease those. Just the hitch ball, which I regret every time I walk into it
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