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Old 01-31-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Tow ball wear

We just returned from our first trip with our new Wildwood TT. After unhitching I noticed the forward part of the tow ball seems to have sustained more wear than the rear. Is this normal or am I not set up quite right? My tow vehicle is a 2004 F250 6.0 diesel and the trailer is 31' with a loaded weight of around 8K. I have no special hitch set up, just straight trailer hitch to ball on truck, no sway bars or WD hitch.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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you really should be using a wd setup
it will sort of even out the wear, and make the load be distributed to give you a safer steer up front
even when i used the dually to pull the 30 footer, wd made a big difference
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:59 AM   #3
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Powerboatr,
Thanks for the advice, I am looking into and reading about all the different WD options. I have airbags so I can take care of leveling just fine with those but I did experience some sway while on the road when the semi's passed me. Does that mean I should lean more towards sway bars rather than a WD hitch or does a WD do both?
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:22 AM   #4
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The dealer that I use will not let you pull off with a camper over 25' with out a WD&SC system unless you sign a weaver. Please get one, don't be another statistic and if you need help this is an excellent Forum to get advise. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:46 AM   #5
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I am sorry to be so forward, but I am a nut when it comes to safety equipment. This is my set up, it is a Reese weight distribution an sway control system with 12,000 lbs spring bars. I tow an 8314ss Rock Wood with a dry weight of 6,600 lbs and a full load capacity of 7,960 lbs and it is approx 34'. I have been using this system going on 10 years now and when it is installed correctly it works great. When I say installed correctly I mean by the dealer and if they instruct you on the correct way on how to us it then you will not have a problem. There is no price on safety, you pay now or pay later.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:17 AM   #6
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I'll agree with the above.

Your 3/4 ton truck probably does OK with the weight, but the length is where it gets you.

Get an Equalizer or Reese Dual cam system and transfer some of that pin weight to your front axle. Air bags help support the weight, but do nothing to help sway.
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I agree with everyone else, go with a W/D, the difference will be night and day...
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Powerboatr,
Thanks for the advice, I am looking into and reading about all the different WD options. I have airbags so I can take care of leveling just fine with those but I did experience some sway while on the road when the semi's passed me. Does that mean I should lean more towards sway bars rather than a WD hitch or does a WD do both?
The airbags will level your truck, but it does not put weight back on the front end. An intergrated WDH with sway control will make a world of difference with the way your combo tows.

As far as the ball wearing, I imagine that it will still wear with a WDH, as you are putting more stress in that area by pulling down on the trailer tongue. The ball on my hitch shows plenty of wear already, with some small gouges evident. A local trailer dealer said tha it is normal to have that and has seen a lot worse, so I am not too worried about that....yet. Use grease on the ball to help remedy that.
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Yeah you're supposed to lather up the ball with axel or wheel bearing grease before a long tow. And cover or clean it off the ball when not in use. Even the Stainless/chrome ones show wear without grease.
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Grease will enhance towing by making the tow quieter and reducing wear and rust on the ball and other greasable load bearing locations. I keep a can of grease in the trailer and use it every trip on the ball, wd bar sockets, and the small ball ends of the sway control.
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