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johnsontsc

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B&W companion hitch.

I'm trying figure out if you can grease the 2 rubber pieces that the top hitch part sits on. If so what kind of grease. I know that some grease eats through rubber and some grease is fine. I really don't even know if its rubber or some type of other material.


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I am not sure if it is rubber or synthetic material either. I am using a white lithium grease to very lightly cover them, I have been doing this for three years over some very rough roads and terrain and they still look like the day I got the hitch, (18k Companion).


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I actually called the factory two years ago and they told me the white lithium grease is what I needed to use. You can get it in a spray bottle.

On an added tip, if the top of your king pin plate tilts back towards the cab of the truck, place a bunge cord on the back side of the hitch, around the big center bolt. It will force the plate to tilt back towards the RV.

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My manual did not specify what type of grease, so I've simply used general-purpose "axle grease" and have not noticed any degradation of the rubber mounts. The only time I've ever seen these degraded was on a Companion that had had the head taken off and left sit in the sun for several years. One thing that I =am= going to do, is to drill and tap a hole in the top of each side and put a 90 degree zerk fitting in there to allow me to grease it without having to remove the cross-piece. (Yes, I'll champfer the underside so I don't chew up the rubber.)

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houtrz wrote:

I actually called the factory two years ago and they told me the white lithium grease is what I needed to use. You can get it in a spray bottle.

On an added tip, if the top of your king pin plate tilts back towards the cab of the truck, place a bunge cord on the back side of the hitch, around the big center bolt. It will force the plate to tilt back towards the RV.


x3 on lithium grease, I use spray on chain lube because I'm a dirt bike rider and always have it.

If the hitch is tilting toward the cab contact B&W they have a spring assemble that corrects this issue. They will ship it outright away and it just takes seconds to install


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Thanks, big help I will def go and get some tomorrow. The sounds already killing me and I havent even takin it out yet. Just been running it around to the mechanic's and storage. I will def go and get some tomorrow.

We are going to go to the the fam camp this weekend 10 seconds away from our house. Just so when start going places I dont look like that new guy!

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RBabb wrote:

houtrz wrote:

I actually called the factory two years ago and they told me the white lithium grease is what I needed to use. You can get it in a spray bottle.

On an added tip, if the top of your king pin plate tilts back towards the cab of the truck, place a bunge cord on the back side of the hitch, around the big center bolt. It will force the plate to tilt back towards the RV.


x3 on lithium grease, I use spray on chain lube because I'm a dirt bike rider and always have it.

If the hitch is tilting toward the cab contact B&W they have a spring assemble that corrects this issue. They will ship it outright away and it just takes seconds to install


Just called B&W and they are sending me the spring clip free of charge. Nice customer service right there.


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Light coating of white lithium grease.


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As a suggestion, a grease that works with rubber would a silicon based grease. And one suggestion for that would be SLIGLIDE, (napa) used on the pins on brake calipers. If it needs greased.


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I've used both white lithium grease and red-premium tube grease on mine. And yes I cleaned it before switching. Both work great. The only down side to the axle grease is that it eventually gets everywhere and has to be cleaned up again.


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