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Old 02-13-2018, 12:26 PM   #31
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I have NEVER greased a ball and never had anything like this happen.......... personally I think it is the wrong ball. It looks like a cheap one even though it is rated at 10,000 lbs. Also are we 100% that it is a 2 5/16" or is it a 2"

That's what I'm wondering.......is possible that the coupler is 2 5/16" and the ball is actually 2"?
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:33 PM   #32
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My opinion, just rubbing would not cause the ball to wear that way. Grease or no grease. There was almost definitely some foreign object that was gouging the ball and coupler. Weather it be a piece of metal, a rock or what have you.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:44 PM   #33
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That's what I'm wondering.......is possible that the coupler is 2 5/16" and the ball is actually 2"?
This was already discussed, the ball is 2-5/16".

I would recommend getting either a stainless ball or raw steel ball, avoid any that are chrome or nickel plated because it can/will flake and gouge/scratch your coupler like what happened here.

What wasn't mentioned was what the noise sounded like. If the noise sounds like the Titanic as it's sinking (groaning, creaking) then that is a common complaint with the Equal-I-Zer 4-point hitches. Just ask anyone that has heard them rolling through a quiet campground.

If it was a different noise then it may help to know what the noise sounded like.

I honestly think the issue is what I said initially...

- The ball and coupler got chewed up due to using a cheap chrome ball with no grease, this caused the chrome to flake and chew things up. Somewhere I have a ball that looks exactly the same and it was never used for any heavy towing, it's just a crappy ball.

- The noise is unrelated and could very well be the typical Equal-I-Zer noise.

I would clean up the coupler, get a quality stainless or raw steel ball, put a light coating of grease on it, and then have the hitch setup double-checked just to make sure it's not over-adjusted.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:50 PM   #34
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Flaked chrome would not cause gouges like that, scratches yes. But nothing like that just from Crome flakes!

I too hate cheap chrome hitch balls though
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:13 PM   #35
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We had discussions similar to this a couple of years ago.
I believe Mr. Havercamp was the first to have issues. (I miss him around here)

The culprit was the socket in the trailer coupler was pressed slightly too small during manufacturing. So much so, that several of the trailers were almost impossible to raise off the ball when uncoupling. They chewed up the ball and the coupler the same way so maybe there is still an on-going quality control issue with some of these frames. (did I just say "quality control issues" out loud?)

It was also determined at that time, that EVERY manufacturer of trailer balls sells their own brand of ball lube. Take that for what it's worth.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:36 PM   #36
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I agree with the foreign object theory. I grease but only to get the hitch bal out easier. 40 years and never seen that. Now i am sounding like my dad 🤐
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:23 PM   #37
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It will be interesting to see what the issue is, hopefully they report back.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:16 PM   #38
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When I had my tt I always greased ball and torsion bars, but I just did it to keep things quiet..... on the farm we never grease hitch balls. Maybe we should, but Iíve never noticed any wear on trailers or balls.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:07 PM   #39
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I will post information after I take it to the hitch shop. That will not be until next monday, currently unhooked in The Daytona Infield for the races and Im not hooking it up to move it till I have too. Thank you for all the input, lots to think about and research. This damage was after only 160 miles. I am waiting for a call from dealer to see how they plan on taking care of it, we have only had this thing 4 days.
As for the noise it is making. We left tampa drove I 4, made one stop after about 10 miles (camping world) no noise at this point. Drove to Daytona pulled into gas station still no noise. Filled tank and when we pulled away there was a loud noise like something was dragging concrete really hard, circled gas station with everybody looking at us, some even asked if we were OK
I stopped truck thinking the noise was in the axle. Looked all around saw nothing out of place, had wife move truck while i listened, as soon as she moved the noise came from hitch. No visual issues. Pretty straight shot to exit of station, noise was very loud like I was dragging something digging into concrete, noise stopped as we pulled out. got to traffic light, stopped, light turned green as i started to go noise was very loud all the way through the turn and a bit after we straightened out then it stopped. We entered race track about 2 miles with no noise, made a u turn got a little noise then stopped and unhooked. Just not clear how that much noise could come from ball area.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:15 PM   #40
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A lot of that noise comes from the spring bars sliding on the brackets that bolt to the trailer frame when you are turning. One poster described it perfectly earlier when they referenced the titanic groaning and creaking while sinking. The first time I pulled with an equalizer hitch I thought something was wrong too. Iíve found greasing the brackets on the trailer along with making sure the pivot points on the head are greased keeps it fairly quiet. Youíll find many many opinions on here on here when it comes to greasing the bars, it works for me and i donít notice any reduction in sway control etc. It should be quiet on the straightaway though.

Regardless, your ball and coupler should not look like that. Enjoy the races and good luck with your repairs.
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