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Old 02-01-2015, 11:15 PM   #11
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I use Vaseline on the Ball & Socket also the Trunnions and Detents on the Reese Dual Cam! Youroo!!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:19 PM   #12
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Just standard Canadian Tire Motomaster Wheel bearing grease. I also grease all parts of the Fifth Wheel despite using the revolution hitch. Locks in quicker and quieter when towing. If you do use grease you need to remove it and clean the parts.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:20 PM   #13
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I have always put some Vaseline on the ball and then I clean it off completely when I unhitch to prevent getting it on my pants. I also clean the Vaseline out of the coupler so it doesn't get gummed up with dirty Vaseline.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:38 PM   #14
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Never. In my opinion grease attracts dirt which would just make a mess in the coupler. I've been using my present hitch for 4 years and while some of the chrome has rubbed off there are no deep grooves in the ball.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:46 PM   #15
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I think he meant wax paper not aluminum foil
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:12 AM   #16
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I used a thin layer of wheel bearing grease on mine.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:05 AM   #17
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The question is too vague for anyone to answer correctly. IMO, this question is best left for your hitch/weight distribution/ball/coupler manufacturer or at the very least the installation/operation/maintenance manual for your particular product.


I have used a lot of different hitches over the years, because we formerly rented trailers. I know the Curt hitch manuals I have used say to lubricate the ball with a light coat of grease. At least, some Reese (Coquent Performance Products) hitches said to lubricate the ball but it was a small amount like a couple drops. I don't recall seeing anything about it in the Reese Dual cam, the Equal-I-zer or the E2 manuals but Reese and Progress MFG definitely both sell lube for the ball.


NEVER ever lubricate an Andersen hitch ball. That would remove your friction designed for anti-sway.


In any case, I wouldn't recommend guessing or asking the generic question on here without your actual product info.

And yes, you still have to keep it clean.


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Old 02-02-2015, 01:22 AM   #18
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When I towed our TT, I always put a little white lithium grease on the sides and top of the ball because I had heard if the coupler 'stuck' to the ball that over time it could act somewhat like a wrench during cornering and loosen the ball from the holding nut. Made sense to me...so I always kept the ball lubricated.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:47 PM   #19
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A spray-on dry-lube would be my choice - no messy residue when uncoupled.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:03 PM   #20
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I have no idea if it's needed or not, but I always put a light coat of grease on the ball and grease fittings of the WDH at coupling time before any trip.
If they put grease fittings on...it needs to be greased and the ball thing might be psychological...I don't know !
But I do grease it.
When uncoupled, the bars are stored in a wooden box I made in the truck bed and the coupler ball covered with a rubber "cap" that slides over the ball.
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