Archived Trailer Guys Questions
Boat Trailering Guys:,
Hey guys, I will be towing a good sized boat (nothing too big, but bigger than a typical little runabout) from North Carolina to New York. It will be about 12 hours of driving, mostly straight thru. My question is this... should i put any kind of lubricant on the ball (truck end) or up in the socket on the coupler (trailer end) so there is less friction between the truck and trailer? I would assume that metal to metal rubbing and grinding for 12 hours can build up some heat from friction, but since its just straight highway driving, i wasnt sure if it was something to really be concerned about. Thanks, James from New York
Answered on: 6/2006
It is not absolutely necessary but smearing a small amount of grease on your trailer ball will reduce friction and wear on the ball and prevent binding of the coupler on the ball while trailering.
Boat Trailering Guys: Mike