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Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by bsandey, Jul 17, 2017.
Now that I got your attention...
How often do you apply grease to the ball on your hitch?
Never. Mama said that'd make me go blind.
Seriously though, I never apply grease to the ball. It doesn't live outside for long, since I don't have the shin killer in unless we are towing.
Once a season as part of the spring maintenance. Then it's a constant "don't rub against the greasy ball with your pants" reminder to the kids. One good idea is to put a foam beer cozy over the greased ball when not hitched, but somehow my cozy always gets left at home...
Once a season, unless it rains a lot while camping (WDH head stays installed while we are camping)..
once a year, then i put a tennis ball em to keep us both clean...
As needed. We have a small container of the Reese lube now, and only add a thin coating. It seems less messy than the stuff we originally used, but also doesn't stay on the balls (hitch + sway control bar) as long. When I did 5 days without unhitching, I could actually hear the difference by the end of the trip.
We don't leave the hitch in while camped. When the locking pin broke and we had to leave it in for the trip last month, it was annoying, to say the least. (At least it was one the TV.)
I just laughed so hard I spit out my water on the computer. )))))))
What do you do about the beer in the cozy? You can't have a beer cozy without beer in it.
Whenever I want to ruin a pair of pants.
I spray a dry lube on the coupler and on the ball about once a season. However as my camper sits in the elements my coupler needs another good spray mid season. My ball I take off the car after every use so it stays fairly clean.
I use a leftover tube of outboard motor grease to goop the ball, coupler and WDH trunnions every spring. If a lot of time is spent on gravel roads there may be a mid-season wipe down and re-lube.
Been using the same tomato soup can to cover the ball for several years. Trunnions go in a heavy weight plastic bag.
Like @kitphantom, as needed. When unhitching at home I typically wipe off the ball before storing it -- I have only one. And we store the ball assembly while camping, saving shins.
But I can tell where the grease was needed and where it wasn't, and can also tell by the wear on the ball's surface anyway. That's where some white lithium from a tube gets applied next time we go out. Spray lube doesn't cut it. Things are a lot quieter back there with the lube.
I have several trailers and am constantly rotating the triple hitch. I spray some general lube on them when I think about it. Most of my trailer stuff is 20 miles or less. I do spray both the camper and ball before a trip though, usually a 5-7hr trip.
Once a year, whether it needs it or not. I do this on my hitch, too.
I rarely do....I spray white lithium grease up in the hitch, instead.
This topic has come up in the past, and I was previously a firm "no grease" guy. Then, I did the research, and sure enough, both Reese and Atwood (makers of my hitch, drawbar, ball, and coupler) recommend a light coating of essentially wheel bearing grease on the ball and on the metal to metal surfaces of the coupler. So, I put a little on every so often, but I have to admit I usually use white lithium because it is simply easier. I leave my ball mount on my truck all towing season (from early hunting to late hunting), so a little grease protects that shiny chrome ball some.
I actually don't like to get grease in the other components of the coupler though because it attracts dirt. There are a fair amount of gravel highways up here in Alaska, and the best CGs are down them. I like to use graphite in the moving bits of the coupler and the stabilizers.
I have a rubber cap that fits over the ball when not hooked up, I put a little bit of grease in the cover it greases the ball only and also no rust.
"How often do you grease your balls?"
Well, you know, as we men get older, there are some things that.... Oh ! Oh, I see what you mean...
Usually a little schmear of HT lithium before each trip, then I wipe it off at the end of the trip, so I don't put the hitch away greasy and get dirt stuck to it.