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Old 05-20-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Trailer Ball

Do we put anything on these prior to hook up? (Yes I know I left myself open to some real teasers)

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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Some people put a bit of grease on the ball and some run dry! However, what you decide for your ball is up to you!!

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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Reese makes a lube for your balls. Not as messy as grease but will still stick on your britches. I usually just go dry. It's your choice.

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I always lube my balls because I can't stand the groaning when they're dry!

Heavy duty axle grease works great and lasts a long time. Plus you can get scoring on the ball or inside the receiver if they're not lubricated.
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To the OP: this thread is getting really weird fast.
lube of course (I mean grease)
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Axle bearing grease here.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:37 PM   #7
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Cam lube is probibly the best if you have it. It is almost always has Molydisulfide in it.
I think that is how you spell it.
anyways its is a grey dry lube and it is mixed in with a grease base.
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When not towing I keep a little bit of wheel bearing grease inside a plastic ball cover. That way the ball is always greased and I don't get grease on me when the plastic cover is on.
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I have never greased any of my trailer hitch balls (had to specify lol). All the towing i do is to and from the desert or the dunes both of which is obviously very dusty and dirty. Last thing i want is some dirt getting kicked up and sticking to my balls making some not so nice grinding compound. The balls do get a little scuffed up but replacing the ball every 5-6yrs is no biggy to me at all and ive never had a coupler fail.
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I live in the desert, where the sand blows. A greasy ball would get sand on it in a heartbeat. So I try to remember to spray the ball (and the inside of the coupler) with WD-40 just before I hook up for a long trip, then when I get home I wipe down the ball to remove any sticky residue that might catch sand/dust/dirt.

But sometimes I forget to spray the ball and coupler, and the only downside is more racket when turning with the trailer tied on. As long as there's no sand on the ball or in the coupler, then there's very little wear caused by the unlubricated ball.
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I would like to thank everyone for the input. Now i'll go ask the little women what she thinks.He He

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