Tow Vehicle - hitch ball covers....show me yours!

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by rob2218, May 19, 2014.

  1. BIGTOM

    BIGTOM Member

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    Having worked in the trailer repair business for a number of years, You should never grease your trailer ball. It attracts sand and grit and wears out the coupler fast. I don't know how many I have replaced. Also after a lot of hard towing the trailer ball should be replaced, have had some break off at the stem due to metal fatigue. I no longer tow as much anymore, but at one time had a trailer hook up to my truck almost 24/7.
     
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    Argh!! I was just about convinced and was starting to think about including a little grease in my hook-up routine. Then Bigtom comes along and ruins it. [;)]

    When I see a name like "BIGTOM", I think big tom turkey. One last hunt this Spring.
     
  3. Detroit_Iron

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    I'm not a greaser, I've never had a ball or coupler show wear, but then I don't tow "alot" the trailer is probably physically hook to my truck with wheels turning for 15-16 hours a year total..
     
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    That is a great ideal!!!! I think I might wrap mine in the reflective tape.
     
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    I only have ours in the receiver when we tow. This avoids the dreaded shin bang and I don't have to worry about it rusting in place.
     
  6. Detroit_Iron

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    4 pages of replies and only 1 photo posted pertaining to the OP's thread topic......I actually thought this post would develop some cool photos
     
  7. rob2218

    rob2218 New Member

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    good observation.......was hoping to "SEE" more picks....oh well.
    I'm guilty of wanting to describe it too...vs. picks....mine is simple old doggie chewed up tennis ball...just put it on this morning..
     
  8. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I now always take mine off. I often have to parallel park and one day accidentally left a hitch size dent on some guys car behind me. Not good for either of our cars as I could have done damage to my frame if I hit it a little harder. Nope cities are not designed for hitches. Heck hard enough to find parking to fit my TV as it is. I keep it in my TV with a cheap one dollar ball cover from Walmart. That way if I get an itch to go camping after work I pull my hitch out and pick the trailer up.
     
  9. NJGuy

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  10. MichelleMS

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    Don't have a cover, because I did not know this was something that even needed to be greased. Learn something new every season!
     
  11. rob2218

    rob2218 New Member

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    neither did I until I came on this forum.

    I always did wonder why whenever the hitch ball would get a bit rusty...why it wouldn't slip on easily...now I know as well. My thought was that if you put grease on that ball....then wouldn't it have a tendency to easily 'slip' off? but I guess not.....I guess the poster who said metal to metal add a little grease was correct. That's how you prevent metal to metal grinding from tearing each other up..........makes perfect sense. Works in automotive and motorcycle mechanical moving parts....why not the hitch to receiver ball connections.....
     
  12. NJGuy

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    Fastway tethered hitch ball cover:

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  13. rob2218

    rob2218 New Member

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    the first one ^....you get the prize sir!
    thanks....send me more picks please..........folks....come on now.
     
  14. ChocoChock01

    ChocoChock01 On the road aagaain See Rallies below;

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    Lazy BUT Efficient [LOL]


    BTW, I leave a do not KICK sign on mine!
     
  15. generok

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    Well, look at y'all with your fancy ball covers. Here's mine... aluminum foil.
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    There, I fixed it. [A]
     
  16. rob2218

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    Alright so I just realized I'm the one asking for pictures and I don't even have mine up...so here it is.
    simple tennis ball cover.
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  17. speckhunter80

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    IT DOESN'T.
     
  18. JeffR

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    Go Bucks!

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  19. lugoismad

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    Then why does Reese, one of the major manufacturers of hitches and hitch balls, sell Hitch Ball Lube if it shouldn't be used?

    http://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpower-58117-Hitch-Ball/dp/B0008F67JU

    Also funny that in their manuals they specifically recommend greasing

    http://www.reeseprod.com/content/downloads/installation/N66022.pdf

    It obviously can't hurt anything, besides being a little messy, and its recommended by the manufacturer.

    Can you give me a reason NOT to?
     
  20. rob2218

    rob2218 New Member

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    I believe a little lubricant would simply assist in the up/down hitching and you are correct.......a little grease shouldn't hurt anything....besides....I've sometimes found myself jumping up and down on the bumper wanting it to unhitch.
     

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