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Old 06-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #1
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Trailer ball greasing

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.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:25 AM   #2
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Although I cannot go against what a manuf may require, I have always been told not to grease the hitch balls.
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I greased my trailer ball and I can't tell you why I did it other than it was rusty and looked like it needed some grease...

Now I have to be careful when I wash the truck so I don't bump up against it and get grease all over my pants! I'm towing a trailer somewhat regulary right now but when I'm done, I will clean the ball off.
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I don't see it hurting anything and will keep the ball from rusting after the chrome wears off. I would only put a very light film on though. I personally don't lubricate mine with grease but give it a shot of PTFE lube occasionally.
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Have always greased mine, just seems to make sense, that's a lot of weight to let it be just metal to metal.
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I grease them and periodically wash out the hitch and the ball to get all the accumulated dirt out (and it will accumulate dirt)...
Running some of the higher tongue weights, it only makes sense in my opinion..
You can put a split tennis ball over the ball when not towing in order to protect clothing from the grease.


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I grease them and periodically wash out the hitch and the ball to get all the accumulated dirt out (and it will accumulate dirt)...
Running some of the higher tongue weights, it only makes sense in my opinion..
You can put a split tennis ball over the ball when not towing in order to protect clothing from the grease.


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Me too. I cut a water bottle in half to cover a trailer ball. water bottles are already paid-for, and I'm recycling them for my own use. When they become greasy, dirty, or just plain disappear, a different bottle is always handy.

One of my cousins refused to grease the trailer ball. One day he remarked when he made a turn he heard a grinding noise and the rig turned hard. I inspected the trailer ball and pointed out the powdered metal around the ball. I used an mechanics inspection mirror to show him the badly worn receiver on the trailer. That cost him a couple hundred bucks to have a new receiver welded on the trailer and to buy a new trailer ball. Over his protests, I greased the ball and receiver. He phoned me after his next trip to say how easy the rig turned now and didn't make any noise.
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I always use hitch grease on mine. Very simple and keeps the ball from getting torn up. Before I hook up I take a paper towel , wipe off the shiny chrome ball (sorry couldn't resist that remark) and put a little grease on it. I take the old paper towels and wipe out the part that attaches to the ball. I have two pieces of metal rubbing together, why wouldn't I want to lubricate them?


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Have you ever seen a trailer tongue and ball bind? I have seen it happen and the tongue was bent and had to be replaced, the class 2 trailer hitch came out ok. After seeing that I always apply a light coat of grease to the ball and clean it when needed.
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They make and I use the Reese Teflon lubricant, it's not as messy and you can always cover the trailer hitch with a split tennis ball.
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In addition to the lubrication benefits discussed, I thought it also aids in the electrical connection between trailer and tow vehicle. It establishes a common chassis ground potential between truck and trailer and enhances the operation of tail lights or any other chassis grounded device on the trailer when towing.
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Now, not only will you have a big red spot from nailing it with your shin, it'll be all greasy too! I used to put grease in the spring on the ball just to help get rid of the rust from the winter. That was the only time I did it during the year.
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Make sure you get the right grease
2" ball grease is different than 2 5/16 ball grease and the two are not compatible.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:54 AM   #14
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I always added the Reese Teflon grease to the trailer ball when I towed a TT.
CW sells a cover for those trailer balls for cheap if you do not like the cut open
tennis ball look.


Now I add some of the Teflon grease to the hitch mounts for my toad to
ease install & removal of the pins.
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