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Old 08-12-2015, 08:28 PM   #11
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My old trailer and the new one have that type.

A bar holds the ball from the back. The front has a perminant lip that holds the other side.

No adjustments.

Rust and general crud, possibly a coat of paint, are between the bail and the front of the coupler. Clean it. Penetrating oil. Work it up and down. And back and forth until it frees up.

Once it is operating smoothly. Oil the bail and the slide at least 4 times a year.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:29 PM   #12
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Even on my newer trailer I spray oil in the hitch. I find it "grabs" much better than not.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:43 PM   #13
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And naturally...that's the same coupler I have on my 'new' (2005) Starcraft, and it sometimes is hard to latch. Totally agree with the cleaning/lubrication, and this one also seems more susceptible to the position of the ball than others. Slightly pull/push the trailer forward or back if you can, if not then very slight movements of the TV will make this one lock down.

Good luck, we all know it's a pain to deal with...but deal with it we must.
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I haven't had a problem locking it down. Only disconnecting. is the bar under the hitch supposed to slide back when the bail is raised. Mine does not so it is hard to disconnect but easy to connect and lock.
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UPDATE. I finally took the time to inspect the coupler. When you raise the bail to unlock the weight of the ball should push the bar back an un hook. The bar was rusted in place and would not move. I cleaned it forced it back and forth while spraying with silicone(all I had) And now it slides back and I have to push it fwd to lock When I get home I will look deeper
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:41 PM   #16
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I ground off the end of the pin and disassembled my hitch. It was too tight for the moving rear piece to move freely. Probably from hitting it with a hammer. LOL. Managed to get it freed uo by taking a long punch thru the hloe in the side and beat it out far enough to move freely. reassembled using a 3/8" pipe nipple cut to the proper length and just brushing the inside with a 1/2" drill and reassembled with a 4" hardened bolt and a locknut. Now I place the 2" ball in it and lock it. as soon as I raise the lock and slide it back the ball drops to the ground. Works great.
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