Help! My hitch and ball are grinding and gouging - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-08-2009, 10:32 PM   #15
Senior Member
Bill F.'s Avatar
Trailer: 92 Bigfoot 13.5 ft / 05 Freestar
Posts: 177
After about 1,000 or 1,200 km hauling the new Escape, I started hearing groaning when turning. It took a while for me to figure out that the source was the hitch ball. Up until that point, I had been running it dry. For the rest of the trip, I used lithium grease all over the ball. That reduced the noise dramatically, but it seems the damage is done.

You can see that the chrome is scraped off the ball.

Attachment 23924

This image is blurry, but you can see how the hitch is worn, too. It is so rough in there that I think I could tear off some skin if I rubbed my finger across it hard.

Attachment 23925

I bought a new ball, but with the inside of the hitch so rough, I am sure its surface would not last the 1100 km trip (to the North Oregon Gathering) we have planned for next weekend.

Since the damage is done, I think I will hand-sand the hitch, grease the old ball, and take the weekend trip. It will be the last trip of the year.

Should I have been greasing the hitch? It seems a great way to collect grit on dusty roads.

What would you do now?
Hi Ron,
It's interesting that no one has mentioned adjusting the trailer portion of the hitch. It sounds like yours might have been set too close or not adjusted to your hitch ball at the factory. You can test this by inserting your greased hitch ball in the trailer socket, latch it, and then try to move or rotate the ball. If the socket is set too tight you will encounter resistance or not be able to latch the hitch, and if it's too loose the ball will have vertical play in the socket which will result in excessive noise when you go over rough roads . A deep 3/4" socket will adjust the nut hidden underneath at the back of the socket. My hitch when adjusted properly will just barely clear the ball in the unlatched posittion. I have purchased used Trilliums that were so loose I've had to adjust them to make them safe before towing them home.

Bill F. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2009, 06:10 AM   #16
Senior Member
Alf S.'s Avatar
Name: Alfred
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2010 Nissan Frontier
Posts: 3,653
Send a message via Yahoo to Alf S.
Hi: Bill... I did suggest making sure the hitch was adjusted properly...but that was over on the farside.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie

Alf S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2009, 12:45 PM   #17
Junior Member
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 21
Hello all,
I am new to this, but when I recently picked up my trailer I asked the service person what to do with the hitch ball.
He suggested coating it with dishwashing liquid. When your done just rinse it off. No fuss no mess.
I am new to this, he isn't!!!

Michael W A is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Burro hitch ball Lee Senn Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 6 04-19-2009 01:39 PM
removable hitch ball Sandra Lair Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 22 04-18-2009 08:57 PM
Hitch Aid / Bumper Guard Behind Hitch Ball? Parker Buckley Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 12 01-27-2008 03:05 PM
Check Your Hitch Ball ! Brian T Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 38 10-03-2007 11:31 AM
Ball Hitch size for '82 Burro Legacy Posts Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 4 08-15-2003 09:39 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.