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Posted: 06/02/12 10:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have noticed recently (camper has been in storage since last august) that when turing corners, I can hear groaning for the hitch area. Is this normal?

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In many cases yes. It's happened to me before and I've taken my setup to a shop because I was concerned and they said everything was fine.

Of course, check out all the connections and be sure everything is tight. You might spray some WD40 on various areas to see what quiets it down. That can at least let you know where it's coming from so you can check that area extra carefully.

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Do you grease the trailer ball? How about an anti-sway bar? The load equalizer bars will grown and protest at low speeds and tight turns.


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rgolding: thanks that is what it is I'm sure.

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mtofell1 wrote:

In many cases yes. It's happened to me before and I've taken my setup to a shop because I was concerned and they said everything was fine.

Of course, check out all the connections and be sure everything is tight. You might spray some WD40 on various areas to see what quiets it down. That can at least let you know where it's coming from so you can check that area extra carefully.


I would not use WD-40, it's a solvent, not a lubricant. If you are going to lube, get some hitch ball lube, it's usually a white grease, won't attract dirt like WD-40 will.


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jesse.m.jm wrote:


I would not use WD-40, it's a solvent, not a lubricant. If you are going to lube, get some hitch ball lube, it's usually a white grease, won't attract dirt like WD-40 will.


Ditto. I use Reese Hitch Ball Lube

I have noise from where the two W/D bars slide into the hitch if I don't lube them.


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I could swear I've read that you are NOT to put WD-40 or any type of lube on your bars. The FRICTION anti-sway device will no longer work without the friction.


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rgolding wrote:

Do you grease the trailer ball? How about an anti-sway bar? The load equalizer bars will grown and protest at low speeds and tight turns.


Do not under and circumstances grease the Sway bar. It will render it useless. Growning, and popping, shows it's working.


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Do not under and circumstances grease the Sway bar. It will render it useless. Growning, and popping, shows it's working.


This is simply not true. The folks at Equalizer have said to lightly grease the L brackets to reduce the groaning. I can't speak for other brands, but it is OK to add a little lubrication to the WD bars on an Equalizer hitch. I have been doing it for years without issue. If you don't believe me, contact Equalizer. I know this is counter intuitive but it is safe and will not render your hitch useless.


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Posted: 06/02/12 11:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Groaning and popping is normal and according to reese can be quieted with some vaseline. It may only be used on certain areas so check your owners manual.


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