Clean balls are happy balls.
And clean pants are happy pants. They’re the ones that aren’t permanently smeared with grease just above the knee. The scenario is exacerbated by the fact that we have an extended tow shank. So the ball sits out there like an angler fish, waiting to grab your trousers if you pass close enough.
As a result, I don’t own many happy pants these days. Most have become victim to the days before we made a habit of cleaning our ball hitch after we drop the trailer.
It took us some time to build that into our routine. And we still occasionally forget if we’re over-extended on more challenging transit days. So I have yet to replace my ruined pants. I’ll save that for when we don’t forget anymore.
Aside from preserving your clothing, removing the grease in between tow days removes the sticky attraction for dirt and grime. You don’t want those abrasives clinging to the hardware and deteriorating your hitch mechanisms.
Like everything in the RVing world, there are as many opinions as you-know-whats about this subject. Some folks cover their balls to keep the dirt off. Others don’t grease at all. Some swear by certain lubricants and swear off others.
But we’ve found what work for us. So if you subscribe to our thoughts on the matter, just make sure you wipe your ball and coupler. Or embrace your “mechanic” look as you travel and wear your grease stains with pride. ‘Cause you’re a hardcore RVer and you’re not afraid to get dirty living the dream, right?
Is it happy hour yet?