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Old 11-10-2012, 08:29 PM   #11
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Go to an Auto parts store and buy a can of spray lube. Tell them what you need it for and they will have the proper stuff. Spray it up into the tongue area. WD-40 is good for releasing rusted stuff but it is actually not a good lubricant. Ordinary grease is messy and attracts dust and dirt even small rocks.

See now? THAT's helpful!! I can do that!!

I'll have to remember the vaseline trick, too...I have that on hand.

And yes, for all you towing safely fanatics (I'm TEASING, folks)...we're in the market for a Tundra...or F-150 or something of that nature...maybe after the first of the year. The little truck did great...engine temp gauge barely moved at all...though as we drove over the mountains, I did insist we run the heater (trick learned from the 70's...parents towing a tt with a STATION WAGON ...but we, as a society, were considerably less litigious then). But, we're both concerned about the stress on the vehicle...towing over our beautiful VA mountains...and convinced the summertime heat will get to it.

But, for now, the FUN BEGINS!!! We can load our camping stuff in the camper!!! WoooHooo!!! SO excited!!

THANKS EVERYONE!!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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Thanks, jdadoug, I'm just leaving that one alone...and not going to try it with our 4100lb. camper...AHHHHH!!! Makes me afraid to even think about it. Maybe if we tow something much lighter...you're brave.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:46 PM   #13
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I know you're beyond yourself.... just be careful.... I normally put 3M oil on my ball prior to hooking up.... I did have an instance with my old trailer where I couldn't it off the ball, but eventually it broke loose..... just be careful and don't lose hope.....
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #14
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All grease is not equal, vasoline is not grease and should not be used for this purpose. General purpose grease will work however it can be a mess if you rub against the ball. Spray graphite will dry like paint and provides an exellent lubricant as well as protectant. Dont spray near anything you dont want painted black, however it works great on your hitch, steps etc.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #15
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White Lithium Grease is available at any home store.
It is the recommended lubricant for most (if not all) hitch systems.

UltraLube Biobased White Lithium Grease - 8-oz Squeeze Tube LubriMatic Tools L10307


Also available from Wal-Mart, Sears, any car parts store, etc.

Also, "Vaseline" is not called "Petroleum Jelly" for nothing.
It is made by mixing gasoline with paraffin wax.

Invented by John D. Rockefeller in order to sell "gasoline", a waste product of crude oil produced when making kerosene used in lamps at the time.
They were dumping it on the ground and burning it just to get rid of the stuff.

Oops - The REAL story according to Wiki. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly

So much for the History Channel's "The Men Who Made America"
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #16
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I agree with Herk. White lithium grease. Sometimes you can find it in a spray can.
By the way, WD40 is not a grease. WD stands for "Water Dispersing(40th formula)"
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:57 PM   #17
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unless you have rust, throw the WD-40 out the window!

are you saying that you towed that trailer with a Sport Trac???

if so, that alone should get you banned from the Forum!(just kidding)
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #18
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Ok, I know. We're new to this, but we've managed to safely get the camper home, praise the LORD! However, after we removed the weight distribution bars and the anti-sway bar, we're left with a coupler that won't lift up. On our pop-up it just lifted up (from vertical to horizontal), this puppy will slide backwards if I stick my fingers underneath to push the metal away, but even then the camper doesn't come off the ball...WD-40??? Or are we doing something wrong? We DID remove the bolt. My DH is beside himself frustrated that we can't figure out this simple thing...
I had a similar problem with my Equal-a-izer hitch in the beginning. A trick I learned shortly after getting the trailer, was to put weight on the drawbar which tips the ball slightly allowing the coupling to disengage the ball.

I, also, agree with Herk regarding the lube on the ball and spring bars. Do not use WD - 40.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #19
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Ok, I've put the WD-40 away for now. I guess we'll be headed to the store...the black stuff that sprays on like paint sounds cool...does it really work? You mean my kids wouldn't get all nasty when they touch the ball? I'm tempted to try that...or maybe the white stuff (I'm so technical). I guess we have plenty of time to make a decision, since the camper is probably parked until at least March...maybe we'll get to go on that first nice weekend in February we usually have...

We'll look at everything y'all have suggested and then let my husband decide. That way, I can't be blamed.

Oh! And Happy Veteran's Day to all you vets out there!! Thanks for your service!!



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By the way. don't hide the WD40 too deep on the shelf. Keep it handy for removing bugs, tar, and grease from the paint on your car or truck. It works great and won't hurt the paint.
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