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Old 06-01-2014, 05:31 PM   #11
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What did you use for lube?
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:10 PM   #12
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All I had with me was Vaseline, but it did the trick.
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:56 PM   #13
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It seems that hitch angle and lube are the most important things to check for when you have a problem with the ball sticking to the hitch. I use motorcycle spray chain lube. It is sticky and stays put.
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All I had with me was Vaseline, but it did the trick.
It usually does.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:16 AM   #15
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I lube the ball with bearing grease a few times a summer. When the ball is not in use I place a 9 oz solo cup over it to keep accidently getting into the grease. The grease on the ball will get into the latch mechanism and will help quiet some of the hitch noise.
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I lube the ball with bearing grease a few times a summer. When the ball is not in use I place a 9 oz solo cup over it to keep accidently getting into the grease. The grease on the ball will get into the latch mechanism and will help quiet some of the hitch noise.
+1. I used to have problems unhitching because the latch would get stuck. Now I put a nice thin coat of marine general purpose grease on the ball. This has solved plenty of problems including any difficulty unhitching.
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An old timer told me to wiggle the back end of the TV from side to side and the ball might just fall away. It seems to work most of the time.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:05 PM   #18
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I know you solved the problem with lubrication, but also make sure the chocks are tight to the tire. When you lift a trailer it does move a bit. If there is a slight incline or decline there's enough pressure at the coupler that it could make it stay coupled until the loud bang when the truck drops away.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:22 PM   #19
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I have found when backing a trailer into an incline if you will set the wheel chocks on the trailer and let the truck roll forward a bit and set the chocks you will have a much easier time releasing the trailer from the hitch.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:01 PM   #20
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I used to just bounce on the bumper when mine would stick.
Same here. I've jump on the bumper to get that thing unhitched. I think the force has to outweigh the friction. I have not used lube, yet...
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