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Old 07-22-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hitch ball

I'm just curious if it is common practice to grease the ball on the hitch or is it better to leave it dry?

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Old 07-22-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Greasing the old hitch ball is debated about as much as towing with the LP on...

I have heard everything from nothing, to grease, to wax paper! Some say grease is good at first, but then is contaminated by dirt/dust. It is then bad for friction... I agree, old and dirty grease is just about as bad as no grease.

I use grease but don't go crazy with it. Before hitching I'll put a small "blob" of grease on the ball and hitch up. I clean it out with paper towels at the end of the camping season (winterizing) and apply some fresh grease.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:50 AM   #3
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I always used paraffin wax. It worked well, and when I eventually walked into the hitch, my resulting wound wasn't full of grease and dirt.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:17 AM   #4
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I also was told by my dealer to use wd40. Works good. Just spray some on the ball and into the coupler when needed or dirty. And I just wipe the excess off with paper towel.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:28 AM   #5
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I use just plain ol' axle grease before a trip. I wipe it off after every trip.
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the input. I guess I'll spray a little WD40 on the ball as suggested so as not to make a mess.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:30 PM   #8
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grease on hitch ball

when you run the ball dry look at it after a tow trip the chrome plating will be chewed up just think what it is doing to the hitch on the trailer
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #10
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True enough, my hitch ball is getting chewed up a bit so it makes sense that the hitch is taking a beating. That's why I asked for some advice.
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