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Old 06-27-2015, 07:58 AM   #15
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I grease mine, but you do what you want.

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Old 06-27-2015, 08:26 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by fdhealy4 View Post
I've pulled small boat and Coleman PUP trailers pretty much my whole life. I never heard of greasing the trailer ball till I got my TT. Seems it would make a real mess. What are your thoughts? Please chime in on both sides of the question.
Well I sure don't want a debate on the pros or cons, but I've towed all types of trailers for at least the past 40 years. I did use grease once, and found it it to not be worth the mess.

I've never heard of a 2 5/8 inch trailer hitch ball causing any vehicle to handle badly.

I know for a fact a fifth wheel hitch has to have lube, or use a Teflon pad. I'm getting the feeling some are over exaggerating a little when it comes to why they feel you need to lube that ball.

Not using lube, or using lube, the ball will wear and the chrome will come off. That's just a fact of life, and the normal life if a trailer hitch ball.

Not using lube, the ball will make terrible loud creaking sounds when you make turns, fact of life, with lube, the sounds are not as loud but still there.

The most important thing to remember is always know your ball is secure. Inspect it before during and after every trip short or long.

A warn out ball should be replaced, too easy. If you have an ugly ball and want to cover it, by all means do so. If you have pulled a particular trailer for years without using lube, including the trailer tung in your Pre-trip inspection is a good idea

Just my input/opinion, please excuse the spelling errors.

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I use Vasoline on mine. Have one of those black ball covers when not in use. Once a year I'll wipe all the old Vasoline off and start fresh. On my weight distribution spring bars I'll use a light lithium spray grease.

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