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Old 08-30-2012, 09:50 PM   #21
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Good luck southpaw211. Hope you share with us what your problem was. It might help us out some time. You must be darned tired by now.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #22
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Every so often I get the same problem with all my trailers. What I have found to work. With the wheels chocked, and the tong lowered to the “neutral” (level) point. I place a foot on the WD hitch bars mounts on TT frame (where the L brackets or chains are located) and place my back on the rear of the truck’s tailgate, and give a few pushes, using the whole body. I have never had to put the truck in neutral, but I would release the parking brake. Lift the tong, and check, if it has not released, if not I will do it again.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:14 AM   #23
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We tried it all again after we put the kids to bed. Sprayed the ball, with some WD40 with the tiny straw, DH jumped on the tow bar like a gorilla. Nothing. So we'll drop it off before the dealer opens this morning so they can figure it out. It would be nice if they brought it home for us so I can get in and play house after work instead of waiting for DH to get out of work and go get it! Ah well. I will let you know what the problem was when we find out!
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #24
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Besides knowing what the problem turns out to be I am curious as to what prevented the hitch from coming out of the receiver when the pin was pulled. It was stated all suggestions were tried without success.

Is this NOT a receiver hitch?
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:22 AM   #25
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I am going to guess he is not jacking it up far enough to release the tension on the WD bars. Sounds like the training at the dealer was not very good. I can't wait to hear what it really was.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:18 AM   #26
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Was interesting you didn't find a standard 2-inch trailer hitch mounted on your truck side.
My F150 has one installed like this one shown here... You can see the small round pin hole where a long chrome looking pin unit will go through the trailer hitch receiver to secure the trailer to the truck...



The chrome pin shown will slide through the hole you can see in the trailer hitch receiver and is held in place with spring clip. Some folks will replace this pin with a locking pin to keep someone from unhooking their trailer easily.

I know there are many different trailer hitch's for the different trailers but they all will be the 2-inch types that will plug into the truck's standard trailer hitch receiver... I just grabbed the first trailer hitch I saw on google to show where the chrome pin was located...


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Of course my trailer knowledge stops at 2008 models but I can't image them being a totally new design where the hitch connects to the truck. Might be wrong as I usually am haha...

Sorry you have to haul it all back to the dealer. At least you will get the horse and pony show all over again of what was all said here from the others... And naturally the hitch will fall on the ground at the dealer and when you park again at home it will have the same problem...
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:37 AM   #27
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And naturally the hitch will fall on the ground at the dealer and when you park again at home it will have the same problem...
Just got a call from my husband. Dealer called him - said it came right off the ball. OF COURSE IT DID.

The receiver on our truck is a normal receiver with a pin. But the tow bar looks nothing like the one you posted, Roy. I'm trying to remember from last night, but it's more hefty and heavier looking, wider crosswise where the ball is (if that makes any sense). We didn't try to pull the pin and detach it from the receiver on the truck because we just didn't know what would happen or whether it would bust something. Plus it was dark and we were fed up by then!

We jacked it up so high that it was taking our back wheels off the ground (didn't actually realize it until I looked over and saw my car's arse up in the air), so we definitely jacked it high enough. Maybe the lube just needed to work into everything overnight. Or we're just complete idiots that suddenly can't detach a camper from a car after 5 years of lugging around a pop up, a boat and a motorcycle trailer. Oy!
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Sure hope you don't have same problem when it gets back home haha...

I have actually seen a couple times at the camp grounds where the pin was pulled to disconnect the trailer instead of the ball. I guess then they don't have to mess with the WD hookup when they leave...

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Bet that would take some precise back up to stab the 2-inch hitch into the the truck receiver haha...

After all these massive hitch's and cabling etc the whole thing is only supported by that small chrome pull pin... Almost scary hehe...
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I have actually seen a couple times at the camp grounds where the pin was pulled to disconnect the trailer instead of the ball. I guess then they don't have to mess with the WD hookup when they leave...
Pull the pin and disconnect with the receiver with the WD bars still in place?

If those WD bars are adjusted properly and doing their job that would be a dangerous thing to do. There is a lot of tension that would get suddenly released. I would not want to be standing next to it when it cleared the receiver.

Additionally, it would be very difficult if not impossible to reconnect the hitch to the receiver with the WD bars in place.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:22 AM   #30
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I have a few questions and comments:
1.) I never level my camper until it is off the hitch as it could cause binding and near impossible to unhitch.
2.) Did you disconnect the torsion bars from the WDH before trying to lift the tt off the ball? If not it will not come off either,
and the sway controller as well.
The popping you heard most likely was the torsion bars when turning, it drove my wife crazy every time it happened.
Good luck and let us know what the problem was. Good luck and happy camping.
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