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Old 08-16-2020, 09:25 PM   #1
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To grease or not to grease?

How many people put grease on the ball hitch? I have always greased mine before I use it to save on wear and tear., and I think it makes backing a trailer easier.

I see a few people who never grease theirs.

What's your all thoughts on this.
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:27 PM   #2
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It depends on your hitch. Anderson WDH's don't need grease. The ball turns with the trailer.
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:33 PM   #3
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i grease mine
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:35 PM   #4
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:48 PM   #5
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X3... when we had a trailer.
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Old 08-17-2020, 04:43 AM   #6
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Absolutely grease mine ,Keeps every thing moving free.
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Old 08-17-2020, 05:52 AM   #7
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I grease.
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:06 AM   #8
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I never grease the connection.

When we had bumper pull trailers I used wax paper on the ball to lube it. Keeps the mess down and doesn't attract dirt/grime. We moved to a fifth wheel with a conventional hitch and I used the teflon plates, then we got an Andersen Ultimate, and they state in the literature NOT to use lube. And that is right up my alley.
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:25 AM   #9
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Always greased the ball on my truck when pulling large boats and travel trailers. Now with the 5th wheel I use the teflon plate but would grease it otherwise.
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:47 AM   #10
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I use grease now but back in my early and not so experienced days I didn't think I had to. When I saw the hitch had worn through the chrome on my ball I figured I had it wrong and been greasin' up ever since.
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Old 08-17-2020, 09:49 AM   #11
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We rarely, if ever, use grease for the many utility trailers on the farm. If you grease, you also have to ensure you clean the old grease out of the coupler and off the ball after it's been sitting, otherwise you have created sandpaper.
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Old 08-17-2020, 10:07 AM   #12
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Grease, here.
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I use grease now but back in my early and not so experienced days I didn't think I had to. When I saw the hitch had worn through the chrome on my ball I figured I had it wrong and been greasin' up ever since.
This tells me you had a cheaper chrome plated ball. The good ones rarely do that, grease or no grease. Wish I could remember the specific one we use, but we just tell the hardware store guy we need so many of the good balls (small town).
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Old 08-17-2020, 11:27 AM   #14
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Grease, sort of. I use a spray white (lithium) lube on the ball at each use whether the TT, the cargo trailer, or utility trailer. I use paper towels to clean the ball after each use also. Just my way, , ,
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Old 08-17-2020, 11:58 AM   #15
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I grease. The tolerance of my hitch & ball is razor thin. If I don't grease, it takes an almost perfect positioning for my trailer to let go of the ball. It's tight. So, grease is an absolute must for my use. Even with grease, I often have to plead and coax my trailer to let go of the ball.

As mentioned, you have to maintain the grease so as not to create a mess of dirt, grime, and abrasives up in the business part of the hitch and its locking mechanism.
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My Father was a machinist and tool and die maker. I think he'd come down and haunt me if I didn't keep things properly lubed up.
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Grease on balls and pins. Always! As stated you need to make sure old grease is cleaned off once and while.
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I greased mine at first but later realized it did fine without it. NMWildcat explained it well. In addition the grease makes a mess if you brush against the ball.
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Old 08-17-2020, 03:32 PM   #19
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Cover the mess

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I greased mine at first but later realized it did fine without it. NMWildcat explained it well. In addition the grease makes a mess if you brush against the ball.
We grease the ball, then while unhitched, I slide a sandwich baggie over the ball. No grease on my legs while walking between truck and trailer.
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Old 08-17-2020, 03:43 PM   #20
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I use this 3M product. Wipe it off once I'm at camp.

https://www.3inone.com/products/trailer-hitch-grease/

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