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Old 05-14-2015, 11:58 AM   #11
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When the tech was showing us how to hook up, he couldn't get the hitch lever to slide back into place very easily. He raised and lowered the jack a couple times and finally got it to sit properly. He suggested a mallet might be helpful or maybe I misunderstood what he meant. There was so much that the dealer went over yesterday when we picked up our TT, that my head was spinning.
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Run from that tech. Once in a while, I have issues with the hitch not fully lining up. Usually I just put my back into it. I will place my back against the tailgate of the truck, put my foot on the Eq hitch bar mounts and give a little push, and it loosens things up, or allows the ball to slip down into the socket. If you are having issues with the hitch assembly hanging up, you are better off adding some bearing grease to the ball. Once you go down the road, it will be smeared all over the components, and your issues will go away. I re-lube about every 1500 miles.

As for a mallet, I have a small 8 oz?? in my tool box, been there for 3.5 years and do not recall ever using it.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:19 PM   #12
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They make a regular ball grease. Get your mind out of the gutter now. It comes in a small @ 2' x3" container. It's whitish, not as messy as regular grease, but it still turns black after use. Think about it metal on metal needs some kind of lubrication.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:31 PM   #13
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Thanks everybody! All very good info.
We decided to park the trailer in our storage spot today vs. tomorrow due to the impending rain for Friday.
I'm so glad we did park it and unhitch today, rather than in the rain.
First, it took us a good twenty minutes to get it into our spot. We had to back down a short road, maybe 100 yards, then angle one way and then another to get into our spot properly (while trying to avoid the other RV's in the lot). I've towed a pop-up before and several u-haul trailers over the years, so backing isn't a problem. I'm sure I'm just rusty and will get better at it with more usage.
Second was trying to get the ball to release from the trailer. We jiggled, wiggled, moved back and forth, rocked it, raised the tongue, lowered the tongue, jumped on the hitch head, you name it, we did it, all while trying to get the hitch lever to move up and back and release the ball.
BUT, we did not use a mallet or a hammer.
After about 40 minutes, Success!! LOL
We are definitely getting some of that white ball grease and we'll lube that sucker like it was a tight something or other. (thanks MadDad, but too late, my mind was already in the gutter!).
Seriously, I was so close to calling our new roadside service, Good Sam Club towing to get their help. Not even sure if they would cover something like this?
All is good now, didn't need them after all. I'm hoping it gets easier to hitch & unhitch quickly. We both suffer from bad backs and we're getting up there in years. We wouldn't be able to do this each time for too long. Thanks again to everyone for their pointers! Much appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:35 PM   #14
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In addition to greasing just the ball, spray some lithium grease on the moving parts of your hitch latch. It will work wonders for unhitching.

As others have stated, lifting the latch can be hard if the trailer is pushing or pulling against the tow vehicle when parked.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:20 PM   #15
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I keep a can of white lithium grease in the TT. I give the ball and latch a short squirt before each departure. Haven't had a problem since!


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One other thing I noticed on my car hauler. The lever is spring loaded and wants to go closed on it's own. There is a second set of holes to insert the pin and hold it open. It still closes just a little. It's enough to hold onto the ball. I found that if I hold it all the way open whole jacking up the tongue, it will lift right off,
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Question: When you park to unhook your trailer (not on a grade, but on somewhat level ground), are you setting the parking brake?

If so, try NOT doing that. If you just put the TV in park, there is a little bit of slop and the vehicle can move an inch or two forward or back; this is more than enough to free the ball from coupler in most situations. By the time you lube your coupler and ball, and DON'T set the brake, the coupler should just slide right off the ball allowing the TV to move a little as necessary and not bind up. If not, you can do as one of the other posters suggested and give the truck a nudge forward with your hip or a pull backward on the tail gate if it needs it.

As long as you're not on a grade, there's no need to set the brake. And if you're on a grade that necessitates setting the brake, I wouldn't bother unhooking anyway; just move to a different spot.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:44 PM   #18
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Thanks every one for their help and great ideas. Definitely getting white lithium grease. Looking on Amazon, there are all kinds of choices, aerosol, tub, squeeze tube. I'll give one of them a try.
us71na, you bet, I'll try greasing the latch as well. Then a little dab on the forward end of the hitch torsion bars when we hook up.
Camper_bob, we were on level ground. But, I always use my park brake so I probably did set it. Next time I'll try to remember to just put it into park and see if that helps.
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