Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-06-2016, 05:37 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Tunce the traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Bellingham,Wa.
Posts: 4,526
Quote:
Originally Posted by bansai View Post

I use grease in both locations, and have no issues with sway, so it's really a personal preference. If you have zero sway issues and the noise is driving you crazy, no harm using a small amount of grease at all of those contact points. If you don't like the results, wipe it off, no harm, no foul.
X2
__________________

__________________
2010 Jayco Hybrid EXP21M
2013 Toureg TDI
Tunce the traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 10:07 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Near Richmond, VA
Posts: 147
Thanks for all of the responses! I do put some spray-on white lithium lubricant on the ball just about every time we go out, and I thought greasing the bars might be a bad idea. Sounds like I was right, and we'll just get used to the moaning and creaking!
__________________

__________________
2013 Jayco Jay Feather X17Z
2015 Nissan Pathfinder
SteveMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 10:40 AM   #13
Lost in the Woods
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: L.I.
Posts: 334
The dealer loaded my coupler with black grease. I got in there and wiped all that out. The little residue left is enough for my liking. Like I said earlier I constantly walk into the hitch all the time. I know it's there, but I still do it anyway. Tired of bloody shins and greasy pants. At least I got the pants thing figured out, the gashes in my shins.......that's a different story
Gman1372 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 10:58 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 200
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gman1372 View Post
The dealer loaded my coupler with black grease. I got in there and wiped all that out. The little residue left is enough for my liking. Like I said earlier I constantly walk into the hitch all the time. I know it's there, but I still do it anyway. Tired of bloody shins and greasy pants. At least I got the pants thing figured out, the gashes in my shins.......that's a different story
I use this soft ball cover (link below). Works great to contain grease and prevents scrapes. I have 2 small kids and have never had a problem with anyone contacting the hitch ball.
REESE TOWING SOFT HITCH BALL GUARD COVER, 4-FLAT STORE AREA Fits All Hitch Balls | eBay
__________________
2010 Jayco 17Z
2007 Jeep Commander Overland 4x4 HEMI
go wild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 11:17 AM   #15
Lost in the Woods
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: L.I.
Posts: 334
Thanks gowild but I think the only thing that would help me is a big old orange safety cone and some hockey shin guards. My truck is also my work vehicle so I'm in and out of it all day.
Gman1372 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 11:20 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 1,479
Quote:
Originally Posted by go wild View Post
I use this soft ball cover (link below). Works great to contain grease and prevents scrapes. I have 2 small kids and have never had a problem with anyone contacting the hitch ball.
REESE TOWING SOFT HITCH BALL GUARD COVER, 4-FLAT STORE AREA Fits All Hitch Balls | eBay
Pretty cool. My wife used to walk into the hitch all the time, now she makes me take it off the truck when we arrive. It's in the bed with the bars and other hitch related stuff, but I may have to pick that 'ball guard' up so I have one less heavy item to deal with during setup.
__________________
2016 27BHS Elite
2012 F-150 EcoBoost / Max Tow (Sold)
2017 'Blue Jeans' 6.2 F-250 Lariat 4.3 gears.
bansai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2016, 02:00 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,127
I've only walked into a hitch ball once. Exactly once. That was enough for me. I have trained myself to give the rear end of a truck a "wide berth". Much like being around horses; don't walk around the rear of a horse too close, or you might regret it. Even when I'm walking in a parking lot, I take a wide swing around pickups whether there's a hitch there or not; it's just a habit now ingrained over many years.

As for OP: Lots of good advice here already on lubricating the friction points that are essential to your sway control. When I first purchased my trailer, I put a little bit of petroleum jelly on them to quiet down the noise. My logic was that petroleum jelly is a really bad lubricant, so I was unlikely to lose a lot of the friction for the sway control.

Incidentally, it worked pretty well, and the hitch was quiet. It only took a tiny dab of the "goo" to make it work. I wiped it off later though because it was messy. I had a greasy mess on BOTH ends of the spring bars. Just a little "food for thought". As was mentioned before, if it doesn't work out, you can wipe it off easily. And if you have an Equal-i-zer, and you're annoyed enough, I would look at the jackets that are available from Progress Mfg. that are purpose made.
__________________


2014 Jay Flight 28 BHBE
2015 RAM 2500 6.4L HEMI, Tradesman 4x4, 3.73
Blue Ox SwayPro (BXW 1503)

Upgraded from an REI internal frame backpack and a Eureka 1/2 dome tent!
Camper_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2016, 10:58 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Near Richmond, VA
Posts: 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by Camper_bob View Post
As for OP: Lots of good advice here already on lubricating the friction points that are essential to your sway control. When I first purchased my trailer, I put a little bit of petroleum jelly on them to quiet down the noise. My logic was that petroleum jelly is a really bad lubricant, so I was unlikely to lose a lot of the friction for the sway control.

Incidentally, it worked pretty well, and the hitch was quiet. It only took a tiny dab of the "goo" to make it work. I wiped it off later though because it was messy. I had a greasy mess on BOTH ends of the spring bars. Just a little "food for thought". As was mentioned before, if it doesn't work out, you can wipe it off easily. And if you have an Equal-i-zer, and you're annoyed enough, I would look at the jackets that are available from Progress Mfg. that are purpose made.
Thanks for the info. It just seems like what we're hearing is totally normal. We'll deal with it.
__________________
2013 Jayco Jay Feather X17Z
2015 Nissan Pathfinder
SteveMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2016, 12:25 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Modesto
Posts: 261
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gman1372 View Post
I have a Reese wdh with 600lb friction bars. Those bars get locked into brake pad type surface for friction. I wouldn't want to grease those. Just the hitch ball, which I regret every time I walk into it
The purpose of the bars is weight distribution, not sway prevention. The friction bar with the tightening lever on it is what prevents/stops sway.
__________________
2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost with 3.31 rear drive
2016 White Hawk 23MRB
tylersdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2016, 02:17 PM   #20
Lost in the Woods
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: L.I.
Posts: 334
Yes I understand that, that's why there are different weight class bars offered. My 600lb bars are fit to my TT&TV.
FWIW, I never mentioned sway. Unless your referring to me walking into my hitch, then yes occasionally after a few cold ones I've swayed and caused myself to shout out expletives as I clean up the blood running down my shins.
__________________

Gman1372 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.