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Old 04-28-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hitch / Ball Lubrication

Regarding lubrication of the hitch ball and sway bar balls if you have them...

A mechanic at the RV parts store recommended we use a bit of wheel bearing grease on the hitch ball and the sway bar balls before each trip.

He also said DON'T use lithium grease and DON'T get grease on the sway bar blades.

Our plan is to take a rag and clean these ball connections off and then add a small amount of new grease before each trip.

Just wondering what others do to lube these points on their hitch and what might be a good way to protect from dirt, sand, etc. at the camp site and storage.
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I smear some regular gun grease inside the coupler and inside the sway bar cups every now and then. When I notice the ball is not as greasy as it once was, I do it again! About every four times out.
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My hitch has zerk fittings where the sway bars go in. I pump them full until it starts to ooze out the bottom. It gets cleaned once a year... maybe. I put a blob of grease on the trailer ball whenever it looks dry. I use the tub stuff, I just turn the tub over the ball and smear some on.

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I put a blob of grease on the trailer ball whenever it looks dry. I use the tub stuff, I just turn the tub over the ball and smear some on.
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And then you go & get something out of the back of the truck & get it smeared on you pants. ..................Yea been there done that a time or two.
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And then you go & get something out of the back of the truck & get it smeared on you pants. ..................Yea been there done that a time or two.
I swipe tennis balls from the local country club to cover the ball...

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I cut a water bottle 20oz to fit over ball when not in use.
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I swipe tennis balls from the local country club to cover the ball...

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Oh... right! I've seen those being used. Now I get why...
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My hitch has zerk fittings where the sway bars go in. I pump them full until it starts to ooze out the bottom. It gets cleaned once a year... maybe. I put a blob of grease on the trailer ball whenever it looks dry. I use the tub stuff, I just turn the tub over the ball and smear some on.

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What is the tub stuff and where do you buy it? I've been to home depot and walmart so far looking for a little tub of wheel bearing grease. No luck...

Maybe I'm over-thinking this. I dunno. I'm going to try the auto parts stores next. It seems to me any high-temp, high pressure grease would be good for the hitch ball and weight dist. spring-bar cups.

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You can get tubs of grease at most auto parts and farm supply stores - basically looks sort of like a small coffee can - peel the lid off and there you go...
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What is the tub stuff and where do you buy it? I've been to home depot and walmart so far looking for a little tub of wheel bearing grease. No luck...

Maybe I'm over-thinking this. I dunno. I'm going to try the auto parts stores next. It seems to me any high-temp, high pressure grease would be good for the hitch ball and weight dist. spring-bar cups.

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Walmart... or an auto parts store. I have two tubs, one is waterproof marine grease that is blue or red depending on the brand. Then I have a couple cans of brown Quaker State stuff, it has to be old a 1# can was less than a dollar according to the price tag on it. I use that on my vintage bicycles because it is compatible with the oil bath hubs that are on them.

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