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Old 09-11-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Hitch sticking

My Jay flight SLX is having a problem with its hitch. the ball hitch will go onto the receiver okay but then when I try to get it off it won't come off. I have an electric jack that raises the back end of the truck and it will not release no matter how high I raise it. I don't know what to do about this. I've tried to use WD-40 and that seems to help a little bit but I don't want to be out somewhere camping and not be able to get my truck off of the RV. Has anyone experienced this problem?
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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This is common, especially if the trailer is fairly new. The coupler is not moving and releasing the ball because it's stiff. Don't stick your fingers in there, or even a tool. I simply stand on the hitch and gently bounce it to force the ball to move the coupler back and release the ball.

Our previous trailer's coupler stuck like this for maybe two trips. Our current trailer has always stuck. It's 6 years old now. We just returned from a trip Monday, and guess what? When I cranked the jack up the ball slid right out! It's never done that. I was elated!
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:21 PM   #3
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Are you sure the locking lever on the tongue that catches the ball is pulled back fully to release the ball?
On mine I have to put more trailer weight on the truck, so that latch will pull back, then lift the trailer back up off the ball.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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I have had the same issue with my last two TT when they were new. Went away after a few trips. Put a dab of grease on top of the ball. Seems to loosen it up. But be warned, your wife won't be happy when trying to get the grease off of your shirts after you rub up against the greased ball.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:02 PM   #5
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It may be that the ball is pressed tightly up against the coupler latch at the back/inside the mount, typically happens when backing up a slight incline or trying to release on a slight incline that forces the ball to the back of the coupler.......while ensuring the sliding spring latch is in the full release position and it still won't release, sometimes all that's needed is the let the tow vehicle roll very slightly forward, an inch......sometimes just shifting to drive while your foot is on the brake then into park again is enough to roll it very slightly forward, that's enough to move the ball towards the front of the coupler allowing the latch at the back to release from the ball.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:08 PM   #6
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My Jay flight SLX is having a problem with its hitch. the ball hitch will go onto the receiver okay but then when I try to get it off it won't come off. I have an electric jack that raises the back end of the truck and it will not release no matter how high I raise it. I don't know what to do about this. I've tried to use WD-40 and that seems to help a little bit but I don't want to be out somewhere camping and not be able to get my truck off of the RV. Has anyone experienced this problem?
Welcome to the forum.

As you've already read, it is a common issue and resolves with some grease and use.
If you search the forum, a few common tactics are...
- Be sure the latch is fully released.
- Try chocking your trailer tires, raise the tongue a bit and put the tow vehicle in Drive just to move the ball to the front of the receiver.
- Rock the tongue from side-to-side while raising the tongue or rock the hitch ball from side-to-side by using one of the weight bars.

WD-40 is used for LOTS of things, but the standard type really isn't a good lubricant.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:38 PM   #7
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I agree with OldmanAZ. I had a lot of trouble but since I started using a high quality hitch grease and make sure it is well greased, we seldom have a problem. I have ruined 2or 3 pairs of pants on grease from that ball. Now I have a rubber cap the instantly goes onto the ball as soon as aimam in hitched!
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I haven't greased a hitch ball in 30 years with no issues to report.
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Welcome to the Forum from Western New York State!

I agree, it will loosen up a bit with use. But, I'm in the "I lube everything" club. I use the same grease I have for our Equalizer WDH for the ball and latching mechanism. I too have never had the hitch stick down. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 09-11-2019, 08:21 PM   #10
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Anytime I use a bumper pull ball hitch I grab an elastic band and a piece of waxed paper. 4*4 piece folded over the ball and use the elastic band to hold the waxed paper over the ball by the lower shoulder. Lubes the ball to hitch.. The wax on the paper. Never had issues with squeaks or hitching unhitching and no grease on the clothes!

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Old 09-12-2019, 07:13 AM   #11
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^^^^^^^^^^^ What a great idea!
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