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Old 05-21-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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Trouble unhitching TT

We just picked up our new 2017 Whitehawk 27DSRL last week.
When we got it home we had a real difficult time getting the TT to unhitch from the TV. A couple of days ago I hooked it up to move it over in the driveway a little bit. Again, very difficult to unhitch. The driveway is slopped down, but I chalked the wheels before trying to unhitch.

The only think that seems to work is to give the TT a hard jerk with the brakes, then if I jump up and down on the bumper when raising the TT.

We did not have this issue with our old Coachman TT.

Am I doing something wrong? Does something need adjusting?

We are doing our first trip next weekend, and I don't want to be that guy at the campground that can't get his TV unhooked from the TT.

All suggestions are welcome.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:47 PM   #2
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Mine is hard to get off the hitch sometimes ... if you aren't on an incline you can put the truck in neutral when unhitching and let it roll into the release position , because sometimes the trailer being chocked and the truck being in park are fighting each other
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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without the trailer hooked up, pull back the latch. check where the ball would sit, to see that the "jaw" is free to move up and down...it may need some penetrating oil. you can also visually inspect the jaw to see that it is not bent, it may have been lowered on to a ball in the closed position and damaged.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:31 PM   #4
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Not the "best" solution, but in a pinch, you can pull the pin on the receiver and pull the truck out. This leaves the ball in the hitch, but takes any pressure other than gravity off it. Should let the ball come free when released. Like I said, not the best solution, but it works.


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Old 05-21-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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Mine is hard to get off the hitch sometimes ... if you aren't on an incline you can put the truck in neutral when unhitching and let it roll into the release position , because sometimes the trailer being chocked and the truck being in park are fighting each other
This solution works best for me and i will apply the emergencies after putting it in neutral then back in park for added safety.
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Do a search within this forum. There are several threads on this topic with different suggestions and solutions.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:32 AM   #7
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Mine is tight on the ball too... I just keep lifting till it releases.. just another good reason to have a power tongue jack...
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:36 AM   #8
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I do the truck wiggle.. Back and forth till the hitch releases.. its back and forth rocking in inch increments.

Usually this is handier when the hitch refuses to drop completely.

We're relatively new but have hitched and unhitched some 70 times in the last five weeks.

Inclines are a pain. It gets easier. The first time we could not get hitched right we did ask for help. RV'ers do enjoy helping. Don't be embarrassed.
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Lubrication (ie grease). Also if you are able to adjust the tilt on your hitch head that may help.
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Lubrication (ie grease). Also if you are able to adjust the tilt on your hitch head that may help.
Grab a pair of latex gloves or just use your hands. With a rag clean inside the female side well, use wd 40 to rinse. Use a high quality grease such as Mobil 1 wheel bearing grease, lube generously. Clean ball of all rust, feel with fingers for rough spots. Either file off or use steel wire brush to smooth, replace ball if needed. Give ball a thin overall coat of grease.

Still have issues...park and chock trailer wheels loosely. Place f/r chocks about Ĺ in off the tires to allow movement. Get in truck and put in neutral the put in park. This should release tension between the truck and trailer and hitch should release...
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