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Old 10-18-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Greasing Hitch balls

Yesterday I saw someone putting grease on their hitch ball before hooking up. I have never heard of this in the five years pulling a TT. Opinions please.

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Old 10-18-2015, 12:24 PM   #2
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Metal on metal creates wear an can create squeal. That's why many prefer greasing. Also you can use a plastic sandwich bag in between the ball and coupler

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Old 10-18-2015, 12:35 PM   #3
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I grease all three of my balls- main hitch and the two that the anti-sway bar attach to. Prevents squeaks, wear and corrosion. A little messy, but worth it IMHO.
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:49 PM   #4
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A piece of wax paper is cleaner. Metal on metal contact isn't good for either metal. Grease or wax paper creates a release rather than letting it scrape and gouge
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:31 PM   #5
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I grease the ball practically every trip - you must clean it occasionally too.
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:37 PM   #6
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I keep mine clean and greased.

I have seen many couplers that are a bucket of rust. Watching their owners fight and cuss because it is stuck and won't release or the pawl won't move back allowing the coupler drop down onto the ball.

A little care and maintenance can save a lot of aggravation.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:26 PM   #7
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I grease the balls on my vehicle and sway control before each trip. I cover the ball with a plastic sandwich bag at the campground and remove the hitch from the receiver and store it. Nothing worse than a banged shin except one that also gets your leg or pants greasy because it also hurts and you get your hands greasy as well.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:26 PM   #8
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This same question came up on a boat forum that I frequent. The answer was overwhemingly against greasing, to the point that you're stoopid if you do. Problems, dirty, whine, whine, whine. I was the only one in favor of grease. I leaned that 45 years ago................from an RVer no less..:-)
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:34 PM   #9
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Grease, squeak free, easy un/couple.

I clean and replace the grease about every 1500 miles.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:55 PM   #10
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Yep, grease. Clean off old, put new about every other trip. Too easy not to do. Actually clean and grease the trailer coupler as well.

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