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Old 12-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #15
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #16
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I'm with you Pam, never heard of this before. Am I missing something I really should be doing that is critical to towing???
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Patti, Its suppose to cut down on the wear and friction between the ball and reciever and keep things workig smoothly. But the rv forums are split on whether or not its really needed. Knowing that, I'm making the decision not to grease. I don't tow that much (6-8 times a season) and I take off my hitch reciever when not towing, so I don't have any problems with things binding or rusting up. I do keep my hitch lock oiled and working freely.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:07 PM   #17
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I understand my hitch/coupler to be a moving joint that excess friction will wear out prematurely, and as such I lubricate it like any other. Since it's more exposed than other joints and will pick up grime more readily, I also clean old grease off before applying new.

The grease on the ball also serves to grease the working parts of the coupler, so for that reason I probably wouldn't convert to a "greaseless" system.

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #18
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Talking I Don't Use Grease Either

Here is a photo of my setup. Never needed grease:

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Another reason for the greaseless ball is that while unhitched, at the campground, you are not subject to getting grease on your clothes as you are near the hitch removing items from your tow vehicle.
Any moving joint should have some lubricant to operate it smoothly, they have ball and 5th wheel lubricants available.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:45 AM   #20
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I absolutely keep my hitch greased.

The reasons are many, but mostly for safety and longevity of the connection. Any moving metal to metal joint needs lubrication. I am pretty sure most people don't go with out the recommended grease in your wheel bearings.

The grease keeps the parts moving smoothing, keeping the connection quiet as well.

It is a very easy thing to do. I wipe all the ball and inside of the coupler ever couple times it is hooked up. I keep the lube handy to the hitch, and when greasing I just apply a thin layer to the ball only. When detached from the trailer, I just keep a cover made for it at the hitch too, and put it on right away.



Until I started to use an anti-rattle pin to connect my hitch, I used to pull the pin and leave the ball locked in the coupler. Keeps the greased ball protected, and is added security if you desire.

As you can tell, I am a firm believer of keeping the ball greased. I have never heard of a hitch or trailer manufacturer that did not recommend so as well.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #21
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May I suggest to also apply grease to the areas where the spring bars meet the head on a WDH
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Here is a photo of my setup. Never needed grease:



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That is just so wrong....who ever heard of using electrical tape where duct tape is obviously required????

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:26 PM   #24
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I always grease my balls. I use spray-on lithium grease. Anyone have thoughts on that grease?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:31 PM   #25
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Who needs grease? This guy didn't…

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #26
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Pretty watery stuff, Bob, but yes I've sprared the inside of the coupler with it a few times. Another case where almost anything including petroleum jelly, parafine, or vegetable oil is better than nothing as contacting parts are scrubbing each other at relatively low speeds and low pressures.

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I always grease my balls. I use spray-on lithium grease. Anyone have thoughts on that grease?
Spray-on is better than nothing, but it does lay down a pretty thin film.

I'm of the mindset that if I can't see it and get it all over myself when uncovered it can't be enough, so glob/trowel-on is more my on-the-farm style...

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