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Old 01-28-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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Difficulty un-hitching ''Poll added''

Just bought a WhiteHawk 21FBS. When unlocked, the hitch does not retract all of the way around. The front part is stationary. It seemed that the ball was sort of wedged in that front part and even though I set it on the ground and tried to move the vehicle back enough inside the hitch to loosen it, it would not drop. Had to get another person to do the release while I had the car in reverse and it finally released. I'm hoping I simply didn't have the release all of the way back and that at my next stop, this does not happen. But I'm wondering if others have had this issue?
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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Sometimes they can stick based on how your TV and trailer are positioned when you stop. I raise the tongue and watch the angle. Once I am up to where I think it should drop out I stand on the truck bumper and most often it releases.

The angle of the ball is most likely your issue. It should be angled slightly to the trailer hitch. Check your hitch instructions and then look at how you are setup and see if your hitch is not to the instructions.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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Many of us have had this issue from time to time. I unhook a different way which I learned by watching quite a few others. I raise the tongue with the jack and release the tension on the spring bars but leave them in place with the chains hooked up on the last link and then pull the pin on the ball hitch. I then lower the tongue until there is no tension on the ball and drive out leaving the hitch behind still hooked to the trailer. I leave it this way until the next time I hook up. I have found this to be by far the easiest and fastest way and leaving the hitch hooked up to the trailer keeps it out of the way and ready for the next use. I put a locking draw pin in the hitch to keep it secure when not in use and I also keep a pad lock on the hitch itself.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:26 AM   #4
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This happens from time to time. Usually a bounce on the TV bumper and it will uncouple. I had a bad case of unhooking last year. The TT was on the level and the front drivers wheel was down in a ditch. I could not release to save my soul, we had three of use working on it.

One other thing not mentioned, which helps with hitch noise and general friction, is to ensure you grease the ball. I use a good bearing grease, I just slather on a lot to the ball, and I replace it at maximum of every 1500 miles. I can tell a difference at that point in hitch noise. Sometimes I wipe the grease off after every trip, but often I just place a 16 oz (I think) Solo cup on ball, and it fits on perfectly. When the cup cracks I replace it with another.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:45 AM   #5
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snip... It seemed that the ball was sort of wedged in that front part and even though I set it on the ground and tried to move the vehicle back enough inside the hitch to loosen it, it would not drop. Had to get another person to do the release while I had the car in reverse and it finally released. I'm hoping I simply didn't have the release all of the way back and that at my next stop, this does not happen. But I'm wondering if others have had this issue?
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Sometimes they can stick based on how your TV and trailer are positioned when you stop. I raise the tongue and watch the angle. Once I am up to where I think it should drop out I stand on the truck bumper and most often it releases.

The angle of the ball is most likely your issue. ...snip
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Many of us have had this issue from time to time. I unhook a different way which I learned by watching quite a few others. I raise the tongue with the jack and release the tension on the spring bars but leave them in place with the chains hooked up on the last link and then pull the pin on the ball hitch. I then lower the tongue until there is no tension on the ball and drive out leaving the hitch behind still hooked to the trailer. I leave it this way until the next time I hook up. I have found this to be by far the easiest and fastest way and leaving the hitch hooked up to the trailer keeps it out of the way and ready for the next use. I put a locking draw pin in the hitch to keep it secure when not in use and I also keep a pad lock on the hitch itself.
What they said... but I've never tried the method wwsmith111 describes because I could NOT leave my hitch head with the trailer.

I usually did not have problem when unhitching when delivering trailers. My normal procedure, after positioning the trailer, was to put the truck in park, block the trailer tires to keep it from rolling, disconnect the trailer plug, disconnect the breakaway cable, crank the A-frame jack to raise the front of the trailer to unload the WDH bars, remove the WDH bars, lower the front of the trailer, unlatch the hitch ball latch, and, while lowering the front of the trailer, wiggle the A-frame jack from side to side to rock the trailer coupler from side to side.

If/when the tongue weight became fully on the trailer ball, check to be sure the ball latch is and stays fully unlatched, then begin raising the front of the trailer again while constantly wiggling the trailer coupler from side to side using the front jack. USUALLY this would do it. Even if the ball stuck a bit, the shaking would relieve any binding. Occasionally, when that didn't work, I'd have to put the truck in neutral to relieve pressure on the ball then use the truck parking brake to hold the truck in that position.

BTW, I left the safety chains attached until I was ready to move the truck. It's real thrill when the trailer rolls a bit unexpectedly!
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X2, I ALWAYS chock the wheels first. ALWAYS!!! Un-chocking them is also the last thing I do when hooking up.
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X2, I ALWAYS chock the wheels first. ALWAYS!!! Un-chocking them is also the last thing I do when hooking up.
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I also make sure my hitch ball and the coupler lock are well lubricated. I use an all-purpose marine grease. It tends to be a bit stickier, so it lasts a bit longer. Since I've done that, I've had no issues coupling or un-coupling my trailer.
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Interesting. I've been towing TTs since the early 80's and I have never greased the tow ball and I have noticed no ill effect. Sounds like a good subject for a poll!
On topic, my last trailer was a bear to get un-hitched more often than not. Occasionally it would come right off but most of the time it would take rocking the trailer or the hitch or jumping on the TV bumper. It was very frustrating so I feel your pain.
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Interesting. I've been towing TTs since the early 80's and I have never greased the tow ball and I have noticed no ill effect. Sounds like a good subject for a poll!On topic, my last trailer was a bear to get un-hitched more often than not. Occasionally it would come right off but most of the time it would take rocking the trailer or the hitch or jumping on the TV bumper. It was very frustrating so I feel your pain.
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Also check the air pressure in your ball...oh, wait...that's football

I do grease my ball. Don't have much trouble getting unhitched. I just lift the trailer till it comes off.
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