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Old 05-22-2016, 11:49 AM   #11
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Thank you all for all the responses so far.
I just checked the socket on the trailer hitch....It is dry with no lubricant of any sort in the socket.

What type of lubricant should be used? Grease? White Lithium, WD-40, other?
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:07 PM   #12
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Use wheel bearing grease, like the previous posts mentioned.

WD-40 is NOT a suitable lubricant.
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Thank you all. I'll get some wheel bearing grease and give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes next weekend.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:29 PM   #14
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I slather on a good coating on to the ball every few trips. Between trips I found a 10 Oz (??) Disposable plastic cup covers the ball nicely.

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Old 05-22-2016, 02:57 PM   #15
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Never had the difficulty as you describe, however, my TV has an auto leveling system that can be a real pain if TT and TV are at different heights. I always have to switch the TV to manual leveling and go all the way down with it. Once its down, the TT hitches/unhitches perfectly. Then I switch back to auto and the airbags level it all out. I do grease the ball as well (messy but worth it).
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Thank you all for all the responses so far.
I just checked the socket on the trailer hitch....It is dry with no lubricant of any sort in the socket.

What type of lubricant should be used? Grease? White Lithium, WD-40, other?
A quality wheel bearing grease. I use Mobile 1 if I have it or a marine grade grease.

If your hitch dry I would clean it prior to greasing. This is where that wd 40 becomes your friend. Road grime, grit, sand, and dirt build up on the ball and in the hitch. Shoot liberally with wd40. Wipe out with paper towels and use wd to breakup and rinse out the crud then apply your grease.
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Old 05-23-2016, 05:09 AM   #17
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I do what Don 17 OAKS does...

I have run into this as well and finally got into the idea to relieve all the pressures by putting the truck into neutral after all of the jacks and chocks are down. Relieving all of the tension has worked for me as well making it easier to jack up off the hitch...

See if that helps... I too like to do all of my experiments at home whenever possible... hehe Only the dog is watching at home...

Asking for advise at the camp grounds is fun too - lets you meet the neighbors...

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you want problem with your coupler mechanism ? go ahead and mix dirt with grease.....
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I recently bought a "new to me" 2010 26bh from a buddy. We've only had it out a few times, and I've also struggled with the same issue. Frustrating as can be.

I have to admit, that several times I did as already suggested and got the alignment even so no pressure was on the hitch and then I pulled the pin and pulled forward. Not the ideal situation by any stretch of the imagination, but it worked.

This last trip when I got back home, I had chocked the trailer wheels (both directions). I was again struggling to release. I pulled the truck forward a little thinking maybe the chocks would help. Not so much. So I tried it in reverse and my spotter (wife) starts waving her arms. Apparently that did the trick and we were able to jack up the trailer as it should be.

I plan on putting on some wheel bearing grease on the ball, but will also chock the wheels and try to the reverse thing again if I have another issue. I've only did this once so at this point I'm not sure if that is the magic trick, or I just got lucky the one time. We shall see soon.
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Grease is your friend and so is cleanliness. Growing up on a horse ranch, horse trailers, tractors, implements, work trucks we bought grease like it was candy. Dad taught me well and his tolerance for rust was very low. I follow it still.
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