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Old 22 March 2007, 12:41   #11
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i put vaseline on my ball cos the guy in the shop told us 2
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Old 22 March 2007, 13:03   #12
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In addition, you may get enough torque applied to the ball to loosen the nut. Not usually a good thing.

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Not a big problem in the UK.. most of our hitches are NOT like yours... .... 'cept the two I have.. both on US motors....although they are 50mm....and they're well greased..
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The only hitch i have ever greased is on the fifth wheel. The bumper pulls i don't like the mess and every time you grab the trailer to pull it your hand comes back all greased up leading to TTR. In 15 years of towing trailers i have yet to see substantial wear on a ball or hitch so given those numbers i will replace the hitch every 20 years or so just not to have the mess. As for the ball well someone usually steals it every couple years any how so i don't need to wory about it wearing out.
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Old 22 March 2007, 13:56   #14
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Step 1-- grease ball
Step 2-- add grounding wire bolted to trailer with a big croc. clip to clamp to tow hitch bracket with enough length to allow movement.
Step 3-- buy fancy chrome cover for ball
Step 4-- get fancy cover nicked ( takes about 2 days)
Step 5-- get tennis ball and cut slot to give tight fit over tow ball.
Hope this helps
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Old 22 March 2007, 16:55   #15
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I thought everyone greased their ball.

Only thing to watch out for is TTR or 'Towball Trouser Rash'.
Which if not treated quickly rapidly becomes a sore ear.

This occurs when you forget to put the cover back on your greasy towball, and then the grease rubs off on your trousers when you go in the boot.
The grief from the person in your life who does the washing gives you the sore ear.

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I don't get this problem Nasher as the Kids always get there and clean it first
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The only hitch i have ever greased is on the fifth wheel. The bumper pulls i don't like the mess and every time you grab the trailer to pull it your hand comes back all greased up leading to TTR. In 15 years of towing trailers i have yet to see substantial wear on a ball or hitch so given those numbers i will replace the hitch every 20 years or so just not to have the mess. As for the ball well someone usually steals it every couple years any how so i don't need to wory about it wearing out.
LOL. If you greased it, I'd bet they'd leave it alone...

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LOL. If you greased it, I'd bet they'd leave it alone...

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LOL now i never thought of that!!
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Beware of grit on your balls - grease acts like a magnet and sand makes a great grinding paste!!!
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Beware of grit on your balls - grease acts like a magnet and sand makes a great grinding paste!!!
Codprawn, you've just reminded me of some good old days.

During the summer years ago it wasn't uncommon for me to bugger off down to Devon on my motorbike for the weekend with a young lady on the pillion, and just build a shelter on the beach at night using the bike with a groundsheet thrown over the top and pegged down. I knew some nice girls back then who were not too fussed about the comforts in life

Anyway, the point of this is to confirm that, yes, sand/grit gets everywhere, and certainly feels like grinding paste

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Codprawn, you've just reminded me of some good old days.

During the summer years ago it wasn't uncommon for me to bugger off down to Devon on my motorbike for the weekend with a young lady on the pillion, and just build a shelter on the beach at night using the bike with a groundsheet thrown over the top and pegged down. I knew some nice girls back then who were not too fussed about the comforts in life

Anyway, the point of this is to confirm that, yes, sand/grit gets everywhere, and certainly feels like grinding paste

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Devon, beach, motorbike, yup, been there and done that. Perhaps that is why my first wife got worn out.
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