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Old 07-31-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Squeakin & Creakin'

We just bought/brought our 2012 26RLS home this past weekend. While out practicing backing up and turning into some tight spaces at the local stadium parking lot, the DW noticed alot of creaking and squeaking coming from various spots. We switched places, to where I was able to be a spotter and listen out.

I hopped in the bed of the truck and noticed that the majority of the loud squeaking was coming from the hitch area. Other posts on here mention that some creaking from WD hitches are fairly common and recommended a lubricant on the ball and the moving parts....

Is there a lubricant that is better than others, or will regular WD40 do?

Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:25 AM   #2
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It is most likely the spring bars. I disconnect them when turning and backing into a site.
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We just bought/brought our 2012 26RLS home this past weekend. While out practicing backing up and turning into some tight spaces at the local stadium parking lot, the DW noticed alot of creaking and squeaking coming from various spots. We switched places, to where I was able to be a spotter and listen out.

I hopped in the bed of the truck and noticed that the majority of the loud squeaking was coming from the hitch area. Other posts on here mention that some creaking from WD hitches are fairly common and recommended a lubricant on the ball and the moving parts....

Is there a lubricant that is better than others, or will regular WD40 do?

Thanks!
White spray grease may help.

I dont think WD-40 would do much or last very long.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
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If you are using a sway control device, take that off as well prior to backing into your site. They along with the spring bars WILL make a lot of noise.
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I found vaseline works best on our setup. Just make sure you bring rags or paper towels to wipe them off with when you get to the CG.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:38 AM   #6
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I've learned to take my sway bar off before backing in. Not only did it squeak and bang, but it also bent a hitch pin when I went in at a hard angle.
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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I put white lithium grease on hitch and spring bar ends. If you have a sway control, don't grease that. I had the same problem and it drove me crazy, no more noise now!
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:09 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the suggestions. White Lithium Grease is on my list for the next walmart run. Appreciate your help!
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X2 on the "don't grease your anti-sway bar. It works on friction, which is sometimes noisy, but necessary and normal. Grease will not allow it to do its job.
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X2 on the "don't grease your anti-sway bar. It works on friction, which is sometimes noisy, but necessary and normal. Grease will not allow it to do its job.
Thanks for that advice. I'da greased the entire thing up to keep the DW happy.
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