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atrerice

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Posted: 04/27/21 08:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The other day I pulled the camper out of storage and drove a couple hours with it. After I parked it, I noticed some unusual wear on the ball. It could be due to a lack of grease. Looking up into the coupler, there is a line there and I'm not sure if it's cracked or if it's supposed to be like that. Does anybody know if that looks normal or not? Pictures attached. Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 04/27/21 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Resize your pics to 640x480 MAX,

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Don't you grease your ball? I just use plain jane general purpose grease on mine. Yeah, it's a little messy, but worth it if it keeps it from looking like the one in your pics..

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atrerice wrote:

The other day I pulled the camper out of storage and drove a couple hours with it. After I parked it, I noticed some unusual wear on the ball. It could be due to a lack of grease. Looking up into the coupler, there is a line there and I'm not sure if it's cracked or if it's supposed to be like that. Does anybody know if that looks normal or not? Pictures attached. Thanks in advance!

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Good lord! Idk if it’s the resolution or is there really grooves and chunks missing out of your trailer ball?


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Posted: 04/28/21 05:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is not really "unusual" wear on the ball, it is what happens with a lot of use. Greasing it will help prevent that, as long as the grease doesn't get dirty - that can make it worse, as the grease will hold the dirt and grit against the ball.

My first thought is that crack / line is the hitch splitting apart, but then the outside picture doesn't show the crack?

Either way, with that amount of wear I would think about replacing the hitch and the hitch ball.


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Posted: 04/28/21 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since there is wear in the top of the coupler and the ball has a large flat on it, there is no way that ball was the only one used. My thought is that someone towed using a 2" ball. Replace the coupler and the ball and do it right the next time using grease.





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This camper is 30 years old so there's no telling what hitches have been used over the years. We have had it for the past 3 years and are using the hitch the previous owner sold with it. I just happened to notice that line/crack - I have no idea how long it's been like that or even if it's supposed to be that way.

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I have a 32ft enclosed car trailer that since 1999 I have probably 200,000mi with the same ball on several different trucks and I never grease it. It shows some wear but nothing I am concerned about. Had a ball shear off once but thats a different story.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I have a 32ft enclosed car trailer that since 1999 I have probably 200,000mi with the same ball on several different trucks and I never grease it. It shows some wear but nothing I am concerned about. Had a ball shear off once but thats a different story.


^This.
While I don’t track mileage on my trailers or any work trailers, even with old work trailers that certainly have far more use than most dedicated recreational uses, I’ve yet to see a ball or coupler “wear out .” Broken, smashed, rusted, yes.
Can’t say I’ve even recall seen that type of grinding as those pictures.

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