|Reese Hitch and Ball Grease|
that is what I use. But is that all there is? Does lubrication of the RV stop there? I am afraid not. Let's see what else needs to be lubed and with what type of lubrication to make RVing fun and safe for you and your family.
Ok we have covered the ball and hitch but what about the tongue jack and shaft for the front foot? Most of us do not even remember the last time that was lubed do we? Well you're in luck. Most of the time no lubrication will be required. Just clean the part that goes up and down to remove the grime that maybe there and you are good to go. However if while turning the handle and the crank tightens up you should squirt some White Lithium Grease in the top gear area.
|White Lithium Grease|
This is good for a quick field repair but for a better fix keep reading.
|Yours may differ but you get the idea, right?|
I'll bet some of you are lucky enough to have one of those 12 volt power tongue jacks that raise and lower the RV with the push of a button. (I am saving for one of those myself.) Cleaning of the pipe that goes up and down is fine, but beyond that follow the manufactures instructions for maintenance and if the tube hangs up be sure to take the unit in for service.
Next comes the stabilizer jacks. The ones on my KZ Spree are manual crank down so there is a lot to lube.
First clean off the screw, getting the threads good and clean. Then apply spray white grease to the threads, watch for drips. Next lube the driver area in the front of the jack with T-9 Lube Spray
|T-9 Lube Spray|
it is the best spray for outdoor lubrication I have found. While you have the spray out get all the pivot points on the jack. You may have to crank the jack up and down a few times to find them all.
Then we have the folding entrance steps.
As each trailer step is a bit different it is best just to tell you to locate the folding points and use your T-9 or spray white grease to lube those points It is important to not allow the pivot points of the steps to rust or be bent by forcing the steps open.
Be sure to check the door hinges of the RV to be sure that they are smooth operating opening and closing and that the handle and lock operate smoothly. T-9 here is the best choice.
Every two years or 5000 mile whichever occurs first you should have the wheel bearings checked and repacked with grease. You don't want the tires to fall off the axles do you? Anyway, while the Technician is there repacking the wheels have him check the breaks as well.
Until next time.
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