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Old 10-19-2015, 02:25 PM   #21
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It's metal on metal, so grease it. You grease the bearings right, metal on metal.
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:59 PM   #22
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I use a small can of motorcycle chain lube. It's in a spray and works good.
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:18 PM   #23
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My grampa taught me to grease 40 years ago, and it makes sense to me. I don't use a lot of grease, but if rust ever shows up I clean and very lightly regrease with white lithium. I store the hitch ball and carrier in a plastic bag which reapplies the grease.


Can never understand those folks who leave their hitch ball permanently installed and the ball is thick with rust; must be impossible to hitch up and I imagine makes an unholy racket when they do get hitched.
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:32 PM   #24
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.... the ball is thick with rust; must be impossible to hitch up and I imagine makes an unholy racket when they do get hitched.
This weekend a rig parked in the site next to us. Made a big racket through camp. As he was unhooking, I was walking past, and noticed he was pounding on the hitch, to get it to release. Asked if he needed some help, as I did it released. The ball was fully rusted and dry. I recommended applying some grease. I sprayed WD40 on the ball!
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:43 PM   #25
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Then again, you could opt for a Stainless Steel ball. Grease would help that too, but it won't rust if you don't! 10 years on mine, never greased, used for a boat - still has the mirror finish.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:25 AM   #26
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Been using this stuff on anything that slides or moves easy to apply and dries on

Use this on semi 5th wheel plates , find either one works good.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:38 AM   #27
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This post is very interesting. I've had a boat for 15 years and a camper since 02 and I have never greased/lubed the hitch balls...ever. And have never had a problem.

May have to become a greaser!
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:50 AM   #28
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The ball joints in cars need grease, so it stands to reason this ball joint would also need grease. That is how I look at it.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:09 AM   #29
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I grease mine and the smaller balls on the anti-sway bar as well.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:17 AM   #30
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I once had a situation where, when disconnecting, my trailer ended up with the tongue buried a foot of dirt. Any one of the several mistakes I made likely would have avoided that from happening, and one of those was that I'd neglected to lube the hitch ball. So in addition to correcting the other mistakes, I also make sure the ball is lubed before every trip.
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