Having a healthy towball is one of the keys to staying safe. Afterall it’s what connects your tug and trailer so it’s important that you check and change it regularly.
We’ve compiled a few tips to help you maintain optimal ball health...
✔️ Replace your towball annually or more frequently after heavy use. Towballs can and do break and at around $20 for a genuine part it’s a small price to pay to ensure a safer hitch
✔️ Grease attracts dust which gets into the coupling and grinds away at the towball. For this reason we don’t grease our towball. To grease or not is a hot topic of debate but let’s just say we’ve compared the difference and have seen the wear happen faster when the coupling is greased.
✔️ Check the towball tension regularly. If you notice that it is loosening then replace the ball immediately as it could be a sign of wear and weakening
✔️ Alwas ensure that your towball is stamped with the correct rating for your tow weight
✔️ Carry a spare towball and suitable shifter at all times when towing. Hopefully you don’t need it but you just might.
Changing a towball is quick, inexpensive and easy to do, so if it’s been a while then it’s time for a change!
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*This is not official advice but what we do to ensure our car and caravan hitch is in good condition. We highly recommend completion of a Tow-Ed course to hear best practice from the experts, even if like us you have been caravanning for some time.*