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Old 05-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Smile Hitch & springs squeak

We have a new White Hawk with 400 miles.Does the squeeking evere stop hitch swaybars & spring??
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Nope. Metal on metal under tension will rub and make metallic groans and squeaks. Perfectly normal but can be a bit annoying.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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I've greased mine up and it helps. Anywhere there are moving parts (i.e., sway bar, ball, spring bars, etc.), put a little grease.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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Just don't grease the sway bar friction surfaces
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #5
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David,

I didn't even think about that but you're right. A lubed up friction bar probably wouldn't work very well.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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As mentioned, a little lube in the right places will help.

A standard WDH adjusted correctly so that at least five chain links are under tension at the snap-up bracket will also help during TV turns. Less than five links restricts proper spring bar travel during TV turns putting additional strain on the components that could contribute to squeeks

Utilizing the same spring bar in the same ball mount socket (driver side/passenger side) will help in some cases.

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On my style of WDH system Reese and etrailer.com(where purchased)recommended only using petroleum jelly on trunnion spring bars where they ride on cams and a few drops of gear oil on spring bar sockets. Mine is as quiet as can be, doesn't make a sound. I'm on chain link 6 and I also labeled my spring bars P side D side so they always go in the same place each hookup
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:50 AM   #9
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during our walk thru the tech showed us how to hook up the wdh. he hooked it up at the fourth link level which is what we have been using, are you saying we should be using at least 5 links? thanks, happy camping.
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snip...... are you saying we should be using at least 5 links? thanks, happy camping.
Yes, if you have a standard WDH. Unfortunately some RV dealerships don't take the time to correctly setup/adjust a WDH, and they also fail to tell customers that once the TV/TT combination is "loaded" the WDH may need some additional adjustment.

The following statement is taken from a Reese WDH installation instruction document:

"Raise trailer tongue and rear of car with jack. Lower yoke of snap up bracket until it is parallel with the ground, and slip the closest link over the hook (If there are less than 5 links between hook and u-bolt, adjust ball mount angle rearward, and repeat procedure). With the snap up bracket handle over the yoke, raise until yoke has passed “over-center”. Slide the safety pin through the small hole to lock the yoke in place. Repeat for other side."

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