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Old 03-28-2016, 11:28 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by Fairenatic View Post
You may have to back up further with the TV then you think. The hitch has quite a hook on the front of it on my TT. Once I figured that out, it was smooth sailing.
Yep. If mine sticks when I'm raising the tongue jack, I'll just raise it until I see the hitch start rising a little, look at the ball to see if it's too far forward or too far back in the coupler, then get in the truck and tweak it's position to free up the ball.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:25 PM   #82
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Yep. If mine sticks when I'm raising the tongue jack, I'll just raise it until I see the hitch start rising a little, look at the ball to see if it's too far forward or too far back in the coupler, then get in the truck and tweak it's position to free up the ball.

I make sure the trailer tires are chocked (so the trailer won't roll), the safety chains are still attached, and then GENTLY move the tow vehicle a bit forward/backward. Sometimes a slight incline will put pressure on the ball and coupler.

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Old 03-28-2016, 07:45 PM   #83
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Until I learned the quirks of the hitch on the Jayco's, DW was getting rather concerned watching me jump up and down on the truck bumper, cursing until the air was blue, trying to get the coupler to let go.

I think part of it was the new paint on the inside of the coupler. Once that wore off, it was much easier.
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Old 03-29-2016, 03:01 PM   #84
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Did you or anyone tighten up the ball receiver lately? I did this once on my boat trailer & couldn't get the damn thing to budge. I loosened the 2 bolts a little & bingo!
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:48 PM   #85
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Same problem with our new 23RBM. Found that the locking part of the hitch was not pushing back all the way. I use a screwdriver to push it from the top and then it releases. Hoping it will loosen up with use.
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:51 PM   #86
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I just found this thread. I got my 26BH a couple of months ago and have the exact same issue. I ended up using a rubber mallet to help open up the latch so I can disconnect. I also used a large screwdriver. I have not cleaned out any paint that others have mentioned, I'll do that this week-end. I'm tired of cussing trying to get the hitch off the ball.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:42 PM   #87
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It amazes me how many people never grease the coupler ball. I throughly grease my ball and spring bars where they slide thru the slots. Makes for better unhooking and a lot quiter pull since you don't have metal scraping against metal.
I have NEVER had uncoupling or coupling issues. Of course my ball don't wear down either.

I used to drive trucks and you wouldn't catch me without grease on the 5th wheel plate and king pin slot.
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:32 PM   #88
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I'm only on my second camper now and have had two utility trailers in the past also. I've never put grease on the ball. Not saying it's a bad thing but I've never done it and I've never had an ongoing issue with the coupler not releasing from the ball. I've never had it make noise due to a lack of grease either... Like others, I believe the trouble is when there is forward or rearward pressure of the ball on the coupler.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:57 AM   #89
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A review of the thread comments, indicating there is a common widespread problem, suggests that there is a product design flaw that requires special measures to execute what should be a routine procedure. Those special measures appear to have the potential for bodily injury to those involved. If enough injuries occur, at some point Jayco will be nudged to take an engineering look at their product, which should eliminate the need for Jayco owners to find innovative ways to work around the difficulty. Until then, everyone be safe.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:10 AM   #90
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I thought there was another post on this so I did search but couldn't find it so here is the problem:

The hitch on my 2015 26RKS is an absolute bear to uncouple. It just will NOT release without a great deal of effort to get it perfectly aligned and even then it does not want to let go. I've tried all the tips about backing into the chocks to loosen etc. but it is always a nightmare to release. I've had many trailers hooked up and this is the first one that gives me so much trouble.

Anything particular to the type of coupler that Jayco uses that might help me understand why this is happening? Any suggestions appreciated.
Put your pickup in neutral and give the wheel chocks an inch of slack. Works for me. I have threatened to hack saw the hitch till I decided the ball was pressing against the front or back of the coupling.

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