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Old 06-25-2016, 12:32 AM   #1
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Loud squeaky hitch

Tonight my hitch (recurve r3) started being really noisy when turning. Is that something I just need to get used to? This is my first travel trailer so I am totally green to all this.
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:42 AM   #2
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I spray a little grease on the ball. Metal on metal will always squeal otherwise.
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x2 for grease on the ball, and if you have a sway bar that thing will squeal and groan like crazy when you turn. I'm on my second trailer and still grimace when the swaybar pops and groans like it's tearing something loose ��
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x2 for grease on the ball, and if you have a sway bar that thing will squeal and groan like crazy when you turn. I'm on my second trailer and still grimace when the swaybar pops and groans like it's tearing something loose ��
Thanks Screwby, I am a newbie and those popping and groaning noises really freaked me out, good to know it's normal!
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In my case it is the friction sway bar that generates all the noise. It is because the bar does not move smoothly. It binds, sticks and jumps making it sound like something is tearing itself apart. The friction has been carefully adjusted to supply only the force to suppress the sway. Reducing friction will reduce noise but then you lose the effectiveness of the sway control.

Has anyone found a remedy to make these bars work smoothly? I have tried sand papering the brake pads but that helps very little.
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In my case it is the friction sway bar that generates all the noise. It is because the bar does not move smoothly. It binds, sticks and jumps making it sound like something is tearing itself apart. The friction has been carefully adjusted to supply only the force to suppress the sway. Reducing friction will reduce noise but then you lose the effectiveness of the sway control.

Has anyone found a remedy to make these bars work smoothly? I have tried sand papering the brake pads but that helps very little.
I was always told they would quiet down with use but I've never had that be the case. My first friction sway bar came with the advise from the dealer "If it sounds awful then it's working". I've heeded that advise ever since. I still remove mine when backing up because the manual said to and the noise distracts me when I'm focusing on not hitting things. I know lots of people don't but when I'm listening and watching for any sign of trouble while backing into a small spot I don't need that grinding, popping sound lol
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Thanks Screwby, I am a newbie and those popping and groaning noises really freaked me out, good to know it's normal!
I think we're just not programmed to ignore something that sounds like it's about to change our lives forever!
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Tonight my hitch (recurve r3) started being really noisy when turning. Is that something I just need to get used to? This is my first travel trailer so I am totally green to all this.
Claytonbwn,

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The ReCurve WDH (Eaz-Lift) is a relatively new designed WDH with integrated sway control and has some specific lube points, I would refer to the installation instructions (or contact the manufacture).

I believe there is one zerk fitting for the pivot mechanism...., but I'm not familiar enough with this WDH if Eaz-Lift recommends lubing the round spring bars where they are inserted into the "top" of the ball mount (some WDH manufactures do recommend round bar lubrication, but the bars are inserted into the "bottom" of the ball mount). Yes, a little lube over the hitch ball is a good start.

For those that haven't seen this new type of integrated sway control WDH, check out the following video:



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Well just look at that fancy bit of engineering....I'll just be over here with my old school, noisy, friction sway bar making heads turn at the campground
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Well just look at that fancy bit of engineering....I'll just be over here with my old school, noisy, friction sway bar making heads turn at the campground
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