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View Poll Results: Do you grease your TRAILER ball?
yes 85 73.28%
no 31 26.72%
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:27 PM   #11
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Greasy balls make for easier uncoupling. I grease mine liberally.
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:44 PM   #12
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x2 on the grease. Besides, it is one of the steps in my weight distribution hitch manual - to grease it every trip. I find my rig makes a whole lot less noise especially when turning with a little grease on the ball and the spring bars (mine have grease fittings). This is from page four of the Eaz-lift manual:
"MAINTENANCE: Use heavy lubrication such as fiber
type wheel bearing grease on hitch ball and on spring bars.
Recommended every day. Keep hitch painted to prevent rust
and check tightness of bolts regularly. Clean out old grease, do
not let it harden inside of the Ball Mount."
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:03 PM   #13
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Grease mine also, it has helped to release the Tongue.
With Practice it does get easier to 'Center' the hitch ball so tongue lifts straight up without binding.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:10 PM   #14
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Greasy balls make for easier uncoupling. I grease mine liberally.
Are we talking about hitch balls?
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:10 PM   #15
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Interesting. I've been towing TTs since the early 80's and I have never greased the tow ball and I have noticed no ill effect. Sounds like a good subject for a poll!
On topic, my last trailer was a bear to get un-hitched more often than not. Occasionally it would come right off but most of the time it would take rocking the trailer or the hitch or jumping on the TV bumper. It was very frustrating so I feel your pain.
So, I don't know, just spitballing here, but don't you think greasing your ball would result in an easier time hitching and unhitching? You mention that you've never had difficulty, then you talk about your difficulties.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:42 PM   #16
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I use the wax paper method, No grease to get on my clothes.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:49 PM   #17
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OMG! You guys are quick. I'm going to leave this email notification on my phone and pull up this strand and just go thru these trying one after the other if this happens again. The trailer is new and the rv dealer did have to replace my ball so when I got the first posting, it made sense so I called the dealer (I stayed in the area for a couple of days; didn't buy it close to home) and am going by the dealer on my way leaving the area and just see if it drops. If not, get them to double check stuff. I didn't have grease on the ball and I usually do that but brought it straight from dealer. I had a 3000 lb TT before and could sort of move it if needed but this one is too heavy. (I'm old, short, and though I think I weigh a lot, jumping on the bumper makes no impact now) This is really helpful and certainly lots of suggestions I didn't know about.
When I left the Forest River forums and bought Jayco, I was worried about not having quick access to solutions if I ran into problems on the road but I can certainly see that I can find help here! Thanks!!
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:49 PM   #18
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The angle of the ball is most likely your issue. It should be angled slightly to the trailer hitch. Check your hitch instructions and then look at how you are setup and see if your hitch is not to the instructions.
What he said.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:19 PM   #19
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I needed some parts for my rig and they were ordered by my dealer in mid Nov of last year. The last of them trickled in from various suppliers on Jan 16, 2015. The repair work was done in 1 1/2 days.

No one was doing a whole lot of rushing over the holidays. I thinks as someone also stated that site is just a dealer providing online parts ordering, not a Jayco expedited operation.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:21 PM   #20
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What he said.
My instructions say tilt the ball at a 6 to 12 degree angle towards the TT.
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