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Old 08-25-2016, 04:20 PM   #31
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Never, it is a grounding point for your electric, I'd rather deal with a little noise.
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:10 PM   #32
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I use silicone spray on the ball, inside the hitch and on the sway bar balls. Seems to work for me. I have used some really ugly black high pressure stuff but I can't tell the difference.
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:49 PM   #33
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SilverArrowPro-Back in the old days we had 3 wire trailer wiring, left-right-stop, ground through hitch ball. This worked OK because the ball was bolted to a Barden type steel bumper with steel brackets to the steel frame of tow vehicle. Then receiver type hitches became the norm, but with a painted shank and the slop in the receiver, the ground was no good. Now 4 wire trailer wiring is the minimum, and 7 way is pretty much now standard on large trailers. Do lube your ball. Metal to metal will wear out coupler and ball. If you still run 3 wire, add a good ground wire.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:32 PM   #34
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I think we have all run into the hitch at one time. With my hitch, and after cleaning and lubing the 2 5/16" ball, I cut the bottom off of a "Aquafina" 16.9 plastic water bottle with the white cap still on. It fits snug, stays on at highway speeds when not towing, keeps everything clean, and with the white cap I can see it before I run into it.
That's exactly what I do. Except, I use the bottom of the bottle inverted and it is held on with a strong magnet!
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:32 PM   #35
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@drmoparPHD thanks for the update. Running 7 wire, so maybe I'll try a little dab.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:25 PM   #36
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@drmoparPHD thanks for the update. Running 7 wire, so maybe I'll try a little dab.
Yes, you've got a separate ground in the wiring harness. A little grease won't hurt you at all.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:37 PM   #37
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:18 PM   #38
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You all are geniuses! Campers are creative people. Thanks for all the ideas.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:34 PM   #39
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We use Lithium grease. Keeps things quiet and makes hooking up/unhooking easier.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:47 PM   #40
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and...........many use no grease


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