Originally Posted by McKisses
Thats a good idea, I did read on their web site that the bars should be lubricated with heavy grease, I will see what we have.
You mentioned a Reese WD pro hitch, can you post a pic?
Reese makes a lot of different hitches, some need/want heavy grease and others do not.
This is "one" of the Pro Series hitches from Reese
Do not let the "Pro" words give you an idea of what the hitch is. The Pro series hitch listed in the picture is a round bar (round trunnion bars) WD hitch with an added friction anti sway bar. I really do not know why they call it "Pro" as it came out with less features then their standard Reese Round bar WD hitch. It is the lowest price point WD hitch. From what I can tell the "Pro" series WD hitch was launched at a price point to compete with others in the market, prominently EAZ Hitch, Husky etc.
That said, it does work acceptably as a WD hitch. On this style hitch (if this is the one you have) you should, with grease:
1. Lubricate the tow ball. This helps stop the heavy wear in the trailer coupler and the ball. (Use a baggie over the ball to keep the grease off you
, if not DW will let you know each time... My pant legs have a magnetic attraction to the grease. The baggie helps.
2. Lubricate the WD bars where they pivot in the hitch head. This prevents wearing out the hitch head in these high pressure zones. You can see the shine of wear, those are the heavy stressed areas. The non shinny areas have clearance when the hitch is working and you need very little in the non shinny wear areas. This does make a mess when the bars are off the hitch with the way the round bar hitch is made. Bigger baggies are possibly an option. The hitch will last a good long time, think 100K miles and not wear out if these points are lubed. Life is about cut in half with no lube.
3. The snap up bracket can use a light oil from time to time (once a year ish) in the pivot point of the snap up. This helps on the rust that can come over time.
The Vase-O-Line Jim was referring to is for use on the Reese Dual Cam (DC) part of a hitch. It is unique to that vintage Reese hitch and the top of the line in the Reese Family for anti sway. It is not show in the pic above.
Since you have a T280SR, odds are high you could be sitting right on a 1,200# loaded tongue weight with no fresh water or water in the tanks. I have measured several Sunline loaded TW's on this model and they have all come out in the 1,100 to pushing ,1300# range loaded ready to go camping. It depends on home much stuff is in the front kitchen and the rear storage under the back bed.
On your slide having issues going in and coming out with strain on the slide motor, tell us more about this, there are some things that can help pending what the problems are.
When you are on level ground, no stabilizers down does the slide go in and out OK?
Do you notice a difference if you are only using the battery to power it or when you are plugged into shore power it then goes a lot easier?
Is the problem occurring at camp when the stabilizers are down and tell us if you are plugged in or only on battery?
Hope this helps