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Old 05-13-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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If I had a hammer

Forgive the stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer when searching other posts. Many people keep a mallet in their tool kit. I would like one for the hitch when needed. What weight of mallet would be good? I see 8, 16 or more ounces. Don't know how heavy or light I should go. Suggestions? TIA
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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Why are you hammering the hitch?
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Why are you hammering the Hitch? Very good question Snake Plissken
Yes why do you need a hammer for your Hitch.....Desert RVers?
When the Hitch fully rest on the ball, the unlock pal moves back easily.
When the pal is out the way the ball drops easy out the hitch by raising the hitch.
When there is pressure from the TV forward or backward it takes more upward force to release the ball. But don't murder your Hitch with a mallet.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:12 PM   #4
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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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From the manufacturer the hitches are not lubricated, just put some lubrication on the hitch and they will go smooth.
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When mine was new I had a hard time with the hitch lever also. I lubed it and by the end of the summer it worked fine. Maybe painted parts need to rub together to wear some of the paint off and loosen up.
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Sometimes my old arthritic hands have a hard time moving the latch on the hitch and I'll use a rubber mallet on it. It doesn't require much persuasion to get it to move, and the rubber mallet doesn't do any damage. I wouldn't use anything else, though.
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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.
I've never had to use a mallet, but I have had some trailers that were difficult to hitch or unhitch. Usually just shaking the TT from side-to-side (grab the front jack and shake it from side-to-side) was enough. I sincerely hope the tech did NOT suggest hitting the hitch lever with a hard mallet to get it to slide back.

Sometimes if the TV or TT moves slightly, there can be some force between the hitch ball and receiver. That is the first thing I suspect when I have problems hitching or unhitching. If the ground is level and the TT is chocked, putting the TV into neutral and hold it by using the parking brake will often correct the push or pull on the hitch and allow the hitch lever to move into position.
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Thanks to all for their thoughts. I'll give it some time to see if it works better over the next few weeks. I may try a bit of grease as well. I've searched and found many comments from those that do use a small dab of grease on the ball. I'll also try moving the tongue a little (if I can), or taking the TV out of park (with my foot on brake and park brake set) to see if that helps when the latch doesn't quite close. I'll keep you posted on my success. We're going to park it tomorrow in our storage space for a few days. Our first test run is delayed until after the predicted thunderstorms have passed through on Friday & Saturday
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I had a boat trailer that the owner before me had bent something in the coupler, so I needed something to (GENTLY) tap the lock into place. Since then I always carry a small 5lb "sledge" in my tool kit.

Very rarely do I ever use it for hitch work any more, I find that a liberal application of grease helps tremendously, but it comes in handy for other campsite chores sometimes. The only time I ever used it on any part of my hitch was when my WDH spring bars wouldn't budge off the perches. I had raised the hitch all the way up and they still wouldn't budge, so I stepped back out of the way and gave them a couple gentle taps with my little sledge to get them off. They weren't loaded up all that much, and using a tool kept me and my hands and shins safe and away from the bars when they released tension (even though it wasn't much tension). Even that only ever happened once, and I probably didn't really even need the hammer.
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