Squeaky Treg

Submitted: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 16:58
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Our Treg coupling squeaks like mad whenever we turn a corner - except when it is wet.
Short of having one of the kids hang out the back of the car giving it a squirt now and again what is the best lubricant for these things.
I have been reluctant to experiment in case the rubber deteriorates or the lubricant attracts dust - any help would be appreciated.
IanM
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:03

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:03
Couldnt hurt to try LANOTEC--natural lanolin lubricant.
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:08

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:08
You could also try a smear of plumbers rubber grease. Although I think the blocks are polypropylene aren't they? Anyhow I don't think the rubber grease would do any harm except attract dust.
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:16

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:16
I use spray on White Lithium grease. It dries quickly and is not sticky to attract the dust and grit.

alastair
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Follow Up By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:49

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:49
"....White Lithium grease.." - Me too - best thing I've found so far - and it smells pretty good too!


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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:17

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:17
Gday Ian
I would try a dry lubricant, like graphite dust.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:18

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:18
Cheap spray can of Silicone - $6 (Bunno's).
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 21:45

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 21:45
Darian has the answer $6 can of silicone spray.. And the block is made of PU. Michael
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Reply By: handy - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:18

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:18
inox or wd 40 wont hurt the rubber block. cheers
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:41

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:41
Ian
I used to use a silicone spray - Inox or similar. Sprayed on the pin. I found it also made the pin a lot easier to slip into position when camped in awkward locations where it was hard to line it up properly. (No longer have a camper - so no more Treg coupling)

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Reply By: DIO - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:01

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:01
Lanotec (lanoline) spray will not damage the rubber block and it WILL eliminate the squeaking noise.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:08

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 18:08
soap?
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 19:06

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 19:06
i have had my 7x4 trailer since 1992 and it has done a lot of things and been to many places over many many kms but never has the treg hitch squeaked - in fact it has never made any type of noise. you may have a problem with the connection not being square or 'true'. you should not need to spray anything on any part and need only to grease the shaft. they are not a rubber block but a poly material block - at least my red one is so unless they have changed........ there is no harm done anywhere if you do spray but check everything is lined up properly first. rgds
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Reply By: GerryP - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 20:18

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 20:18
Hi IanM,

I have seen where the brass tube actually separates from the polyblock and can spin or move around, in fact, this has happened to me as well. While it's easy to check the tube which you put the pin into, the other fixed (horizontal) one is a bit harder to check as the pin is generally spot welded in place. This problem can be made worse by a highly loaded WDH on a caravan as extra loading is put on the block.

Might pay to just make sure all is well in this department as the tube may be moving in the block and giving you that squeak. If so, I'm afraid it will need replacing. Blocks can be purchased separately from Treg.

Cheers
Gerry
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Reply By: A J - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 20:59

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 20:59
Ianm (Vic) we used Selleys Eziglide for all our dry lub needs - does not collect dust - used on zips on canopy in dusty conditions with success.


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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 21:58

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 21:58
Ian

buy a Troopy you will never hear it...

Cheers

Richard

but I do like the above responses I will add then to my list..
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 23:13

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 23:13
Just slightly off topic but a timely warning in any case...........

Apparently, some time ago, a young fella (ie: teenager or around 12 to 13), was assisting his dad to hook up the camper. Dad was at the wheel, young bloke was given the job of adjusting jockey wheel up and down and getting the hitching process completed. The block was almost spot-on in the right position, but about 1/4 of a pin diameter out of position. Young bloke decided to poke his finger down the hole to try to align. BIG MISTAKE!!!

He still has 9 fingers and is highly unlikely to lose another one from another misadventure of this nature!!!

Roachie
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Follow Up By: handy - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 06:52

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 06:52
yeah he wont do it again. i jam the little clip pin behind the block to keep it straight. cheers
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 08:30

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 08:30
OUCH , makes the eyes water just thinking about it ,
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 09:21

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 09:21
Saw a young apprentice do the same thing erecting some steel.
Finger in the hole, no more finger.
That's what podgers are for.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 09:23

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009 at 09:23
Use lanolin spray to touch up on the road.

Also have some lanolin grease by the same mob.
Put some on before the trip.

A lot easier to hitch up too.
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