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Old 02-01-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Grease your ball?

Ive been trying to figure out how to ask this but does anyone grease the trailer ball on the TV? Ive always wondered...
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:51 PM   #2
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I always greased mine. I believe in lubing all metal to metal surfaces.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:02 PM   #3
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Been towing boats and other assorted small trailers over 20 years. Never an issue. But it's a good idea. I like to keep my drop/ball in place, so if you grease it then get a rubber cover.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:17 PM   #4
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One shop told me to use a couple of layers of aluminum foil. Provides some lubrication without the mess.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:17 PM   #5
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I never do, boats trailers, flatbeds and the like. If I did it would end up covered in dirt and sand...except for the spot on my pants or new jacket by just lowering the tailgate.

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Old 02-01-2015, 10:22 PM   #6
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What about a graphite or some type of dry lubricant
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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One shop told me to use a couple of layers of aluminum foil. Provides some lubrication without the mess.
I think he meant wax paper not aluminum foil
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:41 PM   #8
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Ive been trying to figure out how to ask this but does anyone grease the trailer ball on the TV? Ive always wondered...
Found this thread of earlier posts with both opinions. Out of curiosity I checked a few samples in Wally World RV center. All sizes of balls had a tag attached insisting they must be greased prior to use or seizure of cracking can result, its an insurance thing!
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Probably not a big deal, how much time does the metal spend time rubbing anyways. My dad used to tighten his with a pipe wrench and had it all gouged up. Never had a problem. I do grease around the kingpin on our 5er though so maybe I'm wrong. Lube plate on the bottom though, LOL.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:57 PM   #10
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I've never lubed them before, but with the TT and the WD hitch it placed enough pressure on it that the ball started getting gouged, so I got some teflon lube from Walmart. The gouging stopped, though everyone within five miles came and rubbed against the ball so when I set up I had to put the hitch up.
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