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Old 05-31-2016, 09:18 AM   #91
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Although we've never had a real problem, it seems some styles of coupler are more stubborn. We're in the "we use grease" category. Can't tell you how many times over the years we've seen four guys jumping up and down on the rear bumper of some poor souls truck, trying to get it to drop!
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:04 PM   #92
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Grease the ball??
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:37 PM   #93
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OK, after like 10 pages of responses, here comes my suggestion. First time I went to unhitch my new 23RLSW at a campground I spent over an hour fooling with it, getting nowhere. It's a different coupler than I had on my previous 165RB, and it just seemed like there had to be something I was missing. Finally in desperation I called my dealer's service department, and they set me straight.
  1. White lithium grease on the ball will help - the next time.
  2. Keep the coupler latch assembly lubricated, too. I use WD40 for that.
  3. You'll want to remove the weight distribution bars before doing this.
  4. Start by LOWERING the trailer so that the tongue's weight is mostly resting on your hitch.
  5. Press DOWN on the flip lever to release the coupler.
  6. Now make sure the rear of the lever is clear of the coupler, and push it BACK as far as it will go. It probably won't release unless you do that.
  7. Now raise the trailer tongue until the hitch releases.
I have had zero problems since I started using this procedure.


BTW, it also helps to reverse this procedure when hitching up.


Good luck!


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P.S. My signature picture was taken during that frustrating hour of trying to unhitch.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:06 PM   #94
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That is good advice, and I do all of those things as well. The biggest help to our trailer was getting the Dremel tool out with the wire brush attachment, and cleaning out the receiver. There was some paint/powder-coating that had dripped inside from the factory and caused be very difficult to uncouple. With the the smoothing out of the inside with the Dremel, lots of grease, and about 4,000 miles of towing, it works like a charm now. I also upgraded tongue jack to the strongest Husky model. It was a fantastic upgrade to make. The rear end of my Ram is so heavy, the new jack makes the uncoupling process seem to work better/smoother.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:08 PM   #95
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Nice Truck. I drive a Tacoma 2016 limited v6. Glad to see I'm not the only person in Pennsylvania.


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Old 06-01-2017, 03:18 PM   #96
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Nice Truck. I drive a Tacoma 2016 limited v6. Glad to see I'm not the only person in Pennsylvania.


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It is amazing the number of folks that do not grease their hitch ball. I keep mine well greased and have never had any issues. I also grease the torsion bars where they attach to the hitch as well.


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I am in Harrisburg also. Near Linglestown.
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I am in Harrisburg also. Near Linglestown.
Both of you guys - right down the road in Lancaster.

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I jack the tongue up until it's almost picking up the back end of the pickup and then I jump on the bumper until it pops loose.


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I jack the tongue up until it's almost picking up the back end of the pickup and then I jump on the bumper until it pops loose.


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That was my approach too for a while. It gets a little sketchy when the camper finally frees itself and *pops off* the hitch with a massive amount of stored energy. I'm usually ready for my 3rd beer and a trip to the outhouse in about 1 second.

After I pull into our camping spot, now I put the truck in neutral to take tension off of the ball If on a level surface, and take the tension off the ball by reversing the truck about an inch or so otherwise. The ball is binding on the 'whatchamacallit' 'ball holder' on the camper side. No amount of grease has fixed it for us, we just have to make sure nothing on the truck side (the ball) is applying tension on the hitch mechanism when we unhook. Rumor has it these things loosen up with age... don't we all. It also helps to 'practice' messing around with the lever on the trailer side when you are unhooked to see exactly what you need to do to *fully* release the mechanism that is holding that ball in place. It isn't as intuitive as it should be and it gets a little scary when you have your little fingers next to a thousand pounds of steel and camper and you just want to setup camp already.
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For more reasons than just this one, I switched to a Hensley hitch so no more issues with getting off the ball
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