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Old 06-26-2012, 04:49 AM   #11
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Living on a ranch everything that moves gets grease, yup, even the top of the hitch ball. I carry a box of large black trash bags in the TT. I use them a lot. I have a grease gun, extra tubes of grease and a couple of large rags in one of those black trash bags that is wrapped up and stowed in my truck tool box.

I wear throw away rubber goves when I hook or unhook the TT. I grease all moving parts when I hook the TT and I wipe all the grease off with the rag when I unhook the TT. Once wiped down the trunion bars go in my truck tool box. The rags and grease gun and grease tubes get rolled back up in the plastic bag when I am finished. Rags are cheap. Costco sells bundles of small towels for that purpose. Most farm stores sell boxes of actual rags for that purpose. When they get too dirty or greasy they go in the trash.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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The port storage hatch on our x23b is used for tools, electric cords, and hitch parts. The draw bars get old gym socks over the greasy ends to keep them clean from dirt and sand. They get put into the port compartment, along with the ball hitch, which is covered in a heavy duty shopping bag.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:13 AM   #13
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I just wipe the grease off with some shop towels once we get unhitched and put them in the bed of my truck. Just reapply grease before hooking back up again. Only takes a few minutes.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:05 AM   #14
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I was a old pair of work gloves and slip the greased up ends and the ball in them
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #15
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I agree with wiping off the old grease and applying new. Grease holds onto dirt, which can lead to excessive wear on the parts over time.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #16
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I leave the hitch attached to the truck and support the spring bars against the "L" brackets.

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:54 AM   #17
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We were using a ProPride 3P, so like the Hensley, there was no grease problem. But it didn't work out for our TT's design and we now have an Equalizer. The bars are clean, but I have to deal with the grease on the ball mount. I put a Walmart type bag over the ball and secure it with duct tape. It now comes in a gorgeous array of colors. I chose grey. Anyway, the bag is disposable, and with a minimum of caution, I remain grease free. BTW, anyone want a 3P at a bargain price?
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Something else I used to use for the ball was a tennis ball. Simply cut the ball along its lines until it's loose enough to slide over the ball and you're good to go.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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It's a pain to remove the shank, but the thought of getting rear-ended and damaging it while driving around is enough to make me remove it almost as soon as I unhitch.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #20
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I seem to end up getting greasy! Need to address this also.
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