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Old 04-29-2019, 02:01 PM   #1
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Greasing the hitch and ball

Does anyone grease the hitch and the ball? I see post on other trailering sites where some do, some don't. Also, if you do, what do you use and do you clean it off and reapply before each use? Do you cover it between hitching up time?
I currently grease mine up and cover it up with a tennis ball when not in use.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:08 PM   #2
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Does anyone grease the hitch and the ball? I see post on other trailering sites where some do, some don't. Also, if you do, what do you use and do you clean it off and reapply before each use? Do you cover it between hitching up time?
I currently grease mine up and cover it up with a tennis ball when not in use.
Here is an article from e-trailer which discusses the subject.
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-rust-pr...intenance.aspx
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:40 PM   #3
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Here is an article from e-trailer which discusses the subject.
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-rust-pr...intenance.aspx
Yes, and they want to sell you 4 ounces of grease for 9.99 plus shipping.

Sometimes I do use regular chassis lube on my hitch, but in gritty, dirty environments the lube holds the grit.
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I have a spray can of white lithium grease. I spray it up into the hitch and leave it to find its own way to the ball.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:36 PM   #5
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Yes, and they want to sell you 4 ounces of grease for 9.99 plus shipping.

Sometimes I do use regular chassis lube on my hitch, but in gritty, dirty environments the lube holds the grit.
Well yes of course they want to sell you products but that does not mean they don't have good advice to offer as well as a clear description and not a lot of "unusual" commentary to go along with it.
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Greasing the ball is a good idea, especially with a WDH. But it doesn't get to the whole mechanism. I find it best to spray the latch from underneath with WD40 and get everything that moves. I also keep a small squeeze tube of bearing grease handy so I can put a little dab on the ball, now and then, before connecting. When the ball begins to look dry, I do it again. It's not really necessary to grease the ball, but it keeps it from galling and wearing. The latch hough, works much better with some penetrating oil on it. Then the problem becomes getting greasy whenever you touch the ball.
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I grease the ball to keep it from squeaking (I hate squeaks!) then use this $2.40 Wally World special to cover the ball and keep my pant legs and shinbones from getting grease stains when not hitched.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Curt-Manu...iABEgK1oPD_BwE
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I was advised by the manager of an RV repair faciliity that also did trailer transportation that aluminum foil on the ball worked as well as grease and was cleaner. I've used it, but will admit that I usually just leave it dry.
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I've heard people also use wax paper. I'm conventional, so I use white lithium grease. I do have a ball cover, but I always remove the stinger when I unhitch. We keep our clothes in the back of the tug, and if my wife bangs it with her shin, I'm in big trouble!
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:27 PM   #10
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I've had the trailer really creak and groan when the ball was dry. I carry a small container of bearing grease with me to solve the problem. I cover the ball if it's on the car without the trailer.
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I've had the trailer really creak and groan when the ball was dry.


The creaks and groans confirm that the trailer is still attached.
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Greasing the hitch and ball

Is that kind of like how my aches and pains confirm I’m still alive?

There are better ways to confirm your trailer is still there. Like mirrors. I do recall from another thread you have some aversion to looking backward. Of course the mirrors are actually in front of you, but with mirrors it's easy to get confused.

I have worked hard to minimize the aches and pains of age, and I have also worked hard to make towing a trailer quiet and smooth. That includes a properly adjusted coupler, a well lubricated ball, and use of an anti-rattle device on the drawbar attachment.

But if you enjoy sound effects, try a friction sway control bar. They’re designed to have metal grinding on metal. One FB poster calls his “Moaning Myrtle.”

Who thought towing could be so sexy?
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... and I have also worked hard to make towing a trailer quiet and smooth. That includes a properly adjusted coupler, a well lubricated ball, and use of an anti-rattle device on the drawbar attachment.
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I've been amazed at how much quieter and better behaved our various trailers have become since using a simple hitch anti-rattle device on our tow vehicle. I didn't realize how much metal slap and slop was going on between the receiver and hitch bar until I stopped it by installing one of these (see link).
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Anti-...er/RM-061.html
There are several other models/designs that I assume also perform well.
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I use a anti-rattle device also, along with the stinger with a piece of metal inserted the same diameter as your pin. I forget what the hitch ball is called. I got it at E-trailer. Cuts down on the noise.

Correction- I got it at Amazon. It is called the cushioned ball mount. Works well. Pricey though,but i got it with $$$s off
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