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Old 07-31-2014, 08:32 AM   #11
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+1 on the grease, that solved most of my coupler problems.

-1 on setting the P-brake. Unless I'm on a slope, I want that "slop" in the truck. If my hitch is bound up, I just nudge the truck forward or grab the tail gate and pull it back toward me. If on relatively flat ground, that inch or two the truck moves is MORE than sufficient to release any bind on the hitch, and if it's in Park it's not going to roll away. Of course, at this time the trailer is chocked, so it's not going anywhere.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:41 AM   #12
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Is the issue that the ball does not want to separate from the coupler? We had same issue. Now we do the following and works GREAT! Only a few minutes to disconnnect.

The process we use is
1- put the wheel chocks under the wheels (once bent front jack because the trailer moved)
2- disconnect the sway bars
3- unlock the coupler
4- I get in the TV and put it in Neutral with brake on
5- DW starts to slowly raise the front electric jack higher (release brake if level) will usually uncouple.
6- If it does not uncouple, DW checks if the ball is at the front or back of coupler, I then move the truck a small amt fwd or back as needed to center the ball.
7- DW continues to raise front jack, usually separates with centering ball, if not re-do steps 4-7
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:40 AM   #13
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I have noticed the chances of our hitch sticking rise in a direct correlation with the number of people available to observe my hitch dance performance.

Just saying.....
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:35 PM   #14
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I have noticed the chances of our hitch sticking rise in a direct correlation with the number of people available to observe my hitch dance performance.

Just saying.....
And I thought they were watching me.....

The X23B hitch was a little stiff when we got it and I discovered (or read here) centering the ball helped. Was still a little difficult to open. I hosed it down with brake clean and then sprayed it with lithium grease. That HELPED. As long as there was no strain on the ball front/back it'd open right up. Grease will collect dirt and grime over time so I'd repeat the clean/grease ever 6 months or so or after a long trip.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:43 PM   #15
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Sometimes its smooth sometimes not so much. I chock the trailer, raise the rear of the truck up to where I know it should have already come off, jump up on the truck bumper grab the tailgate for support, jump up and down and it pops off. I stopped thinking about this long ago, it's just the way it is. My method works every time.
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Thanks all - I see a couple of suggestions I haven't tried. I plan on bringing the TT home next weekend and will try again... I'll keep you informed. Thanks for all the comments - I really appreciate it.
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Just remember, grease is your friend. It not only helps lube the hitch while towing but it makes it easier to unhook. A side benefit is that a greasy ball tends to keep people away from the rear of your truck.
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