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Old 04-24-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Trouble Unhitching

I bought a used '05 Jayco Featherlite 23B and have had a lot of trouble unhitching. The hitch doesn't seem to want to come loose from the ball. Eventually, I unhooked the tow bar from my tow package and drove off then the ball dropped right of out of the hitch. Can anyone advise what I am doing wrong?
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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If you are parking on an incline or decline it good be binding up. Make sure the hitch is clean of rust and is well lubed.
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lx22f/c....thank-you for your response. I am on an incline. I will try lubing the hitch mechanism tomorrow.
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I find stepping on the bumper will release the ball from the hitch when its stuck. The ball is sitting in there like a socket. To far forward or backward and it gets hung up.
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That always happens on inclines/declines. Just keep it well lubed.
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If it moves, grease it. If it doesn't move, paint it.
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I find stepping on the bumper.....
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If it moves, grease it. If it doesn't move, paint it.
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Same problem here. Its get easier with use. It took pretty much our entire first season with the X20E for the moving parts in the tongue to loosen up.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:39 AM   #10
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I have struggled with this, at least until the ball and socket became well used to each other. Lube helps, as does anything that removes front-to-back or side-to-side forces from the connection. I've found that keeping the ball and socket clean also helps; I know clean and re-lube ball and socket before each trip.

If it's painted, turn it over and paint the other side.
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