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Old 10-06-2016, 01:25 PM   #11
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Right - they are probably all forged with different finishes but the quality seems to vary widely with so much import stuff available. The name brand raw heat treated balls can get a bit pricy.

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He's most likely seeing the substrate that the chrome was applied to. Chrome doesn't stick to steel very well, so plating involves a coat of copper then nickel before the chrome.

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Old 10-06-2016, 01:30 PM   #12
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Yes check your ball. Make sure it is rated for the weight you are pulling. If I remember correctly chrome plated balls are only good for 6000 lbs. Mine is rated for 10000 lbs. and is not plated. Not sure what the highest rated
2 1/4 inch ball you can get is.

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Old 10-06-2016, 01:36 PM   #13
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Just checked e-trailer wow - had no idea 30,000 lbs

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Old 10-06-2016, 01:41 PM   #14
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You're scaring us with a brass loiking ball. Brass is relatively soft. Pkease pist a picture but i highly suspect you need to invest in a higher-end ball.
Brass is the base metal used to coat steel before chroming.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:28 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
I do not understand why people are hesitant to grease their hitch ball.

Over on, a boating forum, there are HUGE arguments about it.

This is a metal on metal moving joint - Of COURSE it needs to be greased.

Don't be shy, or only give it a little silicone grease. Before every trip, I take a can of wheel bearing grease, flip it upside down and put my hitch ball in it. Get that thing covered!
I use teflon ball grease expensive but no sign of wear
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:53 PM   #16
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I hope this is the right place to ask this question if not let me know.
We made our first long trip that took about three weeks and about 3,000 miles from Al to Penn last month. About 3/4 through the trip I noticed the hitch making noises that it never made before. When we stopped and set up I inspected the ball and it seemed to be wearing some with visible signs of brass showing through the chrome ball. I looked under the hitch where the ball rides and it seems to be wearing a grove in the back side of the hitch. I kept it lubed with silicone the rest of the trip and that seemed to help but it continued to make noise after a long day. Any ideas What would caused this and how should it be fixed or avoided or is this normal wear and tear? (as in tearing it up).......
The first thing that I would verify is the ball-mount spring bar angle is correct for your loaded combination. If it's wearing like you say it is you have an interference angle problem when coupled. You need to correct that right away. As for lubricant, I use molybdenum disulphide grease. Worried about getting grease on your pants? Cover the ball with sliced tennis ball.
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:23 PM   #17
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Reese Ball Lube

I keep a jar of Reese Ball Lube in my "camping stuff" toolbox which goes in the bed of the truck on every trip. Every time I hook up the ball gets lubed with an even covering. When not hitched, I put a rubber cap over the ball to keep the lube from getting on everything. You can get both on Amazon
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:12 PM   #18
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I'm on a 4-5 month trip holding up here Nashville waiting out Matthew before heading home to South Florida. About 2 weeks ago in Michigan I heard a clunking noise. Upon inspection I discovered the ball nut was coming unscrewed. Kinda freaked me out what could have happened. I found out I didn't have a 1 7/8" socket but was able tighten it up with channel locks. Since the bolt threads were somewhat chewed up so I when to a hitch shop and had it replaced with a new one. So word to the wise is to check this nut but all your nuts. LOL. But seriously could have been a dangerous mess.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:56 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by billb800si View Post
By reading some of the replies we don't want the O.P. to think that all metal to metal surfaces should be greased. If you are using a weight distribution type hitch that has swaybars that ride on cams or a L-bracket DO NOT grease those areas. You need friction for the sway bars to operate properly.
Happy trails,

Our WDH requires greasing the "L" brackets where the bars sit on.

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What I do with my balls (no pun intended) is, I install them, crank the nut down with an impact wrench (the nut is against a lockwasher) and then I take my wire welder and put a weld spot or 2 between the threads and the nut.

If you have to remove the ball, you can still break the nut free, but it won't come loose by itself.

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