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Old 06-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Greasy hitch parts

My wife and I were trying to figure out what to do with the greasy hitch parts while camping and while the trailer is being stored. I will have an absolute fit if grease gets all over the storage compartment or in my truck. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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We actually keep the sway bar and bars in their original boxes. The actual ball mount goes in a milk crate
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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I keep a plastic tray/bin (Walmart) in my pass through and put my spring bars in there when not in use. I also put a quartz size freezer bag over the knuckle end of the spring bar. I set my ball mount in my pass through as well with a freezer bag over the ball.

By the end of the summer new freezer bags are required

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I'm fortunate to have a Hensley hitch. The spring bars stay attached. There are no greasy parts to handle. The only thing that is removed is the draw bar "stinger" from the receiver.
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When I had a TT, I covered the bar ends with a couple of Walmart plastic bags, and the same with the ball mount. Then into the back of the Suburban, and never had grease on anything. Bags had to be replaced frequently, but we always had an over supply of bags anyway.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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I use a long wooden box that wine was shipped in and lined it with a piece of brattice cloth. Brattice cloth, used in mining, is kind of a like a heavy-duty, reinforced tarp. The box keeps all the hitch equipment confined and the brattice cloth lining prevents any grease from getting absorbed into the wood and allows it to be easily wiped off with a paper towel. The box is long enough that I can slide it out through the trailer's pass-thru compartment door just like a drawer for convenient removal/storage of all hitch equipment.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #7
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I put leftover carpet in the storage area to keep things from sliding around. I've a large rag/towel that sits in there. Sway bar & hitch go on the rag/towel, which is then draped over the whole she-bang. Once every couple of years, I recycle a towel from the house. Just don't tell the wife and never use the new ones!
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I have an Equalizer brand hitch. Typically I leave the hitch in the receiver while at camp and I pull the bars around to the truck. Sometimes I will pull the hitch and place the ball in tongue of the trailer and lock it in. If I do this I remove the bars and swing the hitch around to one side so it is not a leg breaker. My theory is it was made to get wet so it can stay outside.

At home I take the hitch apart (to reduce its weight) and place it in the garage on the floor under my shelves so it is out of the way.

If I bring the trailer into the shop for work, I place the hitch parts right inside the passage door.

I never place the hitch in the cargo hold as I do not want to damage the small cargo door trying to get it in and out, nor throw out my back reaching to get it in and out.
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While in camp we put all the hitch components on a small piece of plywood under the front of the tt. I then run a small piece of chain thru all the parts and include the propane bottle, battery, and portable generator. I don't want one piece stolen and not be able to return home. In storage we use the same plywood and store all the components on the floor inside the tt......happy camping!
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I'm fortunate to have a Hensley hitch. The spring bars stay attached. There are no greasy parts to handle. The only thing that is removed is the draw bar "stinger" from the receiver.
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