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Old 10-06-2016, 10:38 PM   #21
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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.
Which is why for the last 40 years Ive been welding a half inch bead on each side of the ball after its tightened.Can still be removed by simply grinding the weld off,but absolutely will not unscrew,ever.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:04 AM   #22
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I've been doing landscaping for 16 years now. A couple of hitch balls I use literally have tens of thousands of miles. I have one 2" that I bet has close to 100,000 miles on it. Never greased any and never had a problem.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:07 AM   #23
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They make ball covers,,, or you cam make one out of a rubber ball !!!
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:16 AM   #24
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I've been doing landscaping for 16 years now. A couple of hitch balls I use literally have tens of thousands of miles. I have one 2" that I bet has close to 100,000 miles on it. Never greased any and never had a problem.
Maybe it's time to start...

Lets put it this way... On a class 8 tractor trailer, every 5th wheel is either greased or has a Teflon insert to mitigate the sliding friction wear and seizing under load, plus it allows the trailer to track properly.. SOP in the truck world.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:17 AM   #25
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A quick note if you decide you need to replace or upgrade your ball. The larger, higher capacity balls usually have a larger diameter shank and may not fit in the hole in your hitch. Be sure to measure the hold if you are considering a new ball.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:22 AM   #26
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2 1/4 inch ball you can get is.
Actually, 2 5/16" as your subsequent post indicates.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:12 AM   #27
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They make ball covers,,, or you cam make one out of a rubber ball !!!
A tennis ball works better. It's fuzzy so you can grip it and most come in dayglow colors so you can see it when you drop it under your unit in the grass...
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Old 10-07-2016, 05:36 PM   #28
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Maybe it's time to start...

Lets put it this way... On a class 8 tractor trailer, every 5th wheel is either greased or has a Teflon insert to mitigate the sliding friction wear and seizing under load, plus it allows the trailer to track properly.. SOP in the truck world.
Why would I? Note the 100,000 mile part of my post.

I use a glide plate for our Vengeance. But hitch balls are entirely different.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:38 PM   #29
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Far as your 100K ball, I have no idea. It's wearing somewhere, probably the coupler itself. The ball is probably harder.

So tell us,how is a 5th wheel on a tractor trailer any different? You have the same physical forces in play with a ball that you have with a flat surface...

I need to be educated on the difference.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:38 PM   #30
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Hitch Ball Pictures

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The ball is rated I think at 14,000 Lbs
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