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Rover_Bill

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Posted: 12/22/20 10:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Eaz-Lift ReCurve R3 and R6 require both a greased ball and a shot of grease on the shaft. The R6 also requires grease on the sway control bearings.


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I use several layers of wax paper on the ball. No grease on pants or other things but lube everything else with a high pressure grease (red) that is used with a grease gun. One tube will last a lifetime.

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Now that's funny $10 bucks for 3.2oz.of genuine "Reese hitch lube".
It always amazes me how much people over-think such simple things. If there is metal to metal contact and it's going to move then yes is should have some grease, ANY KIND of grease.

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I put a dab of grease on the ball and spring bar points everytime I hook up. Cheap automotive wheel bearing grease is all you need 3 bux for a big jar

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Yes and I just use grease from my grease gun.


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Yes I think it is wise to grease the friction points at the pivots. I used to keep a little tub of wheel bearing grease in the pass thru to grease the hitch ball and the rub points of the W.D. bars. Lately I've found that a little tube of white grease that is smaller than a tube of tooth paste lasts a long time and way less messy to deal with.


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Any time you have metal to metal contact with friction you are going to have wear. The idea of the grease is to reduce that friction and therefore the wear.

Almost every single hitch manufacturer, with the exception of one (Andersen) that I am aware of, recommends the use of some type of grease on the tow ball. There have been instances of people not using grease and hitch ball came loose in the head because of the friction and turning motion during turns.

In addition, if you have L shaped WD bars that insert up into the hitch head you should grease those bars every time you tow. There is a tremendous amount of pressure between those bar ends and the hitch head receptacles. Dry bars will often make a lot of squeaks and grinding noises. Over time, the bars ends will wear into an oval shape and the inside of the hitch head will wear quite badly on the bottom edge closest to the trailer. When this happens, you will get less and less WD from your bars and find you have to take up another link or adjust the bars up tighter. This is a clue that your bars are wearing out. Contrary to what was implied in a previous statement - a hitch head or WD hitch does not last forever.

I used to remove my bars at the end of a towing session and wipe them off along with the ball before stowing away. Then I would apply a light coating of wheel bearing grease before every new tow.
Did this routine for over 50 years until stopping towing recently. Always worked for me! [emoticon]
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Have been using the double layer of wax paper for years, for better or worse maybe but the wax paper is some slippery stuff and never get grease on my pants. In the 40+ years before I started using wax paper I used nothing, no grease, no anything, just kept the components clean.

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I also use tube of lithium grease. The small opening on the end lets you put the grease where it is needed. When we do our final set up after about 6000 miles of towing I use plenty of paper towels and some WD40 to clean up before our next run.


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I've used the same tube of Lucas Red & Tacky #2 for years. Easy to apply without a gun, I used chop sticks. Wiped it off after each trip.


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