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Old 08-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #31
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Hmmm. Actually, we DID level it before unhitching (two levels of lynx blocks on the low side). Maybe that was it? It certainly wouldn't be leveled at the dealer when we dropped it off, so maybe??

We did remove the torsion bars and the sway controller before trying to unhitch.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:37 AM   #32
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Yes I actually did that one time(noobie). Unlatched started raising the jack and watched for the ball to seperate but of course it wouldn't with the bars still on. Didn't take long to realize it but I now I won't do it again.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:41 AM   #33
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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.
I don't think there would be any tension at the receiver hitch. Here is another photo from google images showing it all pretty well... With the trailer wheels secured and the trailer jack down holding up the trailer tongue it should look just like this...

However I have never done this myself but have seen several trailers parked at a camp site with just what you see in this photo... I have also seen this on RV sales lots too... This was also passed on by others on here as a way to disconnect... Me just passing on what I have seen done... Certainly don't want anyone to get hurt...


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Roy, stop and think for a moment. What is that tension all about? Transferring weight from the trailer to the front axle of the TV. What transfers it? The hitch and the receiver. There is a LOT of force there.

ABSOLUTE: NEVER remove the hitch from the receiver with the WD bars installed.
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Yes there is alot of tension there but it is all between the massive ball mount assy, the ball and the trailer tongue, and not to the shank that slips into the truck hitch. Granted if the trailer was jacked up real high and pulling the truck wheels off the ground there would be alot of tension when the shank was being moved out of the receiver.. One would want to drop the trailer tongue jack so the truck was in a normal position before pulling out the shank.

I think we are are talking about two different things here... If the shank is holding up the rear end of the truck four to five inches then I totally agree with you. Since the trailer tongue jack is now holding up the trailer then all of this goes out the window..

just saying....

I will be more than happy to delete all my comments if that would make you feel better. Obviously others are doing what we are discussing with out ill effects...
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Roy, do not delete your comments. Even if we have different opinions or points of view others may learn from what we post. At least they are made aware of things to consider. Please leave your posts.
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Yes there is alot of tension there but it is all between the massive ball mount assy, the ball and the trailer tongue, and not to the shank that slips into the truck hitch. Granted if the trailer was jacked up real high and pulling the truck wheels off the ground there would be alot of tension when the shank was being moved out of the receiver.. One would want to drop the trailer tongue jack so the truck was in a normal position before pulling out the shank.

I think we are are talking about two different things here... If the shank is holding up the rear end of the truck four to five inches then I totally agree with you. Since the trailer tongue jack is now holding up the trailer then all of this goes out the window..

just saying....

I will be more than happy to delete all my comments if that would make you feel better. Obviously others are doing what we are discussing with out ill effects...

I would NEVER do this either. Too many factors to be exact about so no one gets hurt or damage to tt or tv. I get the priciple you describe and have seen the hitches still attached to tt's, but I have never actually seen someone do it. My motto is, better safe than sorry and these people are new to a WDH! The selling dealer should've had you both hitch and un hitch while you where there picking it up.
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So my husband (evidently the brains of this duo) brought up a good point - if we unhitch the camper without leveling, how the heck can we get it up on the lynx blocks? Duh. Didn't think of that. So I guess having leveled it first probably wasn't the cause. We did not have the stabilizers down. He is going over to pick it up later and will have the tech stand there while he hitches & unhitches. Then crossing our fingers that it works in camp driveway. As my husband put it (if there are any Star Wars nuts out there), meesa feel stoopid!
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:28 PM   #39
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Level side-to-side with Lynx block before unhitching.
Level front-to-back after unhitching.
Then stabilizers.
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Ours stuck on the first use also. We went from the dealer to a near-by CG for our first night. A couple of the other campers saw me huffing (polite word) over the hitch and came over to what was up. "GREAT!" thinks I, help as arrived. Nope. They couldn't figure it out either which actually made me feel a little better (read: "not as dumb"). I wound up using a hammer to tap the locking mechanism back and got it free (pushing the lock "paddle" down at the same time). The rest of the trip it was a little stubborn but not as much as the first night. After getting home I sprayed the lock mech down with WD-40 and then brake cleaner. I then followed up with a white lithium spray grease. I repeat the clean-grease cycle when it looks like it's picking up too much grime. I lube the ball with vasoline and clean-reapply as needed.
Since that first trip we've had no problems at all with the hitch.
The dealer installed our hitch and did not lube anything so I put down our problems to the dry hitch and maybe just needing a little workout.
I noticed the picture "Roy" posted has a "lever" type lock on the hitch, ours has a push-down and slide back type of action.
Hope you get this sorted out and get on the road soon!
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