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Picked up my daughters new horse trailer for her and it has a much simpler hitch than my caravan. When the engineering bod at the yard realised I towed a caravan with an alko hitch with stabilisers he said he wouldn't put any grease in the tow hitch socket because it would ruin my alko. I said that I would occasionally tow her trailer so would it be preferable for her to tow her own trailer with no grease in the ball coupling. He said that it would be OK without grease.

What do people think? (She tows about 50 miles a couple of times a month)

Mike

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I would use grease when towing the horse trailer and clean it off afterwards. :)

 

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+1

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I have a small low loader trailer without an AlKo hitch that I tow as well as the caravan. I've been towing it for five years now without greasing the hitch and it seems none the worse for wear.

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I have a small low loader trailer without an AlKo hitch that I tow as well as the caravan. I've been towing it for five years now without greasing the hitch and it seems none the worse for wear.

Same as me, and after 100mile plus tows no problems!

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OR keep a bottle of meths ( Tesco sell it) and a rag in the front locker of your caravan to keep YOUR ball clean :)

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Can you be sure that there is no grease already inside the coupling on the horse box?

 

I tow a 6' x 4' trailer as well as a caravan with an Alko hitch. I grease the tow ball to tow the trailer and clean it when I tow the caravan. I also keep two tow ball covers, one clean and one greasy.

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On my previous Santa Fe I frequently towed a trailer to and from my allotment (loaded with manure).

If the ball was not greased it was noticably noisier and there were wear marks appearing on the ball.

With grease it was much quieter and there was no wear.

It is a simple matter to wipe the ball after use and a quick rub with methylated spirit removes any grease residue.

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I always grease when coupling my mower trailer and clean the ball and ball cover afterwards with rubbing alcohol.

 

Sounds a little quieter with grease, not sure about the wear element but as friction is involved, using a little grease seems the way.

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I certainly would not bother greasing, I towed a 25cwt trailer all over the country and never bothered with grease, certainly not after the first time I cleaned it off the ball with my best trousers!

 

As for wear, yes it will but a tiny fraction of what the ALKO friction pads are capable of!

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Fifty years ago when I first started caravanning most caravans were fitted with B&B tow hitches. One of the great debates of the day was whether or not to put grease on the tow ball. Many argued that the lack of grease aided stability but most caravanners did add grease and as Gary said, they sometimes suffered with "caravanner's leg" ----- they inadvertantly wiped the tow ball clean on their trousers. The other big debate was how to travel without breaking your gas mantles. .. :lol: .

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I would use grease when towing the horse trailer and clean it off afterwards. :)

 

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Fifty years ago when I first started caravanning most caravans were fitted with B&B tow hitches. One of the great debates of the day was whether or not to put grease on the tow ball. Many argued that the lack of grease aided stability but most caravanners did add grease and as Gary said, they sometimes suffered with "caravanner's leg" ----- they inadvertantly wiped the tow ball clean on their trousers. The other big debate was how to travel without breaking your gas mantles. .. :lol: .

 

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OR keep a bottle of meths ( Tesco sell it) and a rag in the front locker of your caravan to keep YOUR ball clean :)

Meths not recommended as it leaves a residue on the ball which contaminates the Alko pads

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Meths not recommended as it leaves a residue on the ball which contaminates the Alko pads

Better than white spirit or turps substitute though, if you're really fussy you can get a bottle Acetone for just over a fiver - that really will keep it clean :) ( don't use nail varnish remover though as they mainly contain oils and/or glycerine to keep nails form cracking up)

 

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Meths not recommended as it leaves a residue on the ball which contaminates the Alko pads

And what contamintes are those after the alcohol evaporates?

Don't see any when I clean my house windows using meths :D

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But is this fact?

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No idea whatsoever. If the pads end up purple then evidently the answer would be yes. I never grease my ball ('scuse me missus) and it remains covered so doesn't go rusty therefore I've never cleaned it with anything other than a dry rag.

 

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I thought it was brake cleaning fluid spray that was recommend for cleaning the tow ball.

 

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I use meths to clean our windows and neat to clean my glasses and I've never seen any residue.

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And what contamintes are those after the alcohol evaporates?

Don't see any when I clean my house windows using meths :D

RTM from Alko. In it states that methylated spirit is not recommended -- they should know!

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