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Old 08-12-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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camper hitch

The man I purchased the camper from told me you have to hit it with a hammer to get it unhitched. It sure unhitches it but after close inspection I found the lock that slides forward and down was bent. I used the hammer to straighten it and now it slides forward and down easily. My problem is when I look under the hitch the lock moves nothing. the piece that fits behind the ball does not move. The piece has a hole in it but no bolt or screw, Is that the proper construction or am I missing something. Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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Without pix, can't tell.


The system should couple and uncouple without extra tools.


Your coupler needs to be properly disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and checked for proper operation by somebody qualified to review such things.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:59 PM   #4
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Put a trailer ball in the hitch, slide the lock and see if it holds the ball, then do the same with it hitched to your truck, then lift using your tongue jack to see if it holds
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On my older (1990) Starcraft the hitch was also very worn out, to the point that I wanted to use a hammer (but never did.) It was welded to the frame and I didn't want to go through the trouble and expense of putting a new one on.

If yours is a Curt or similar brand (like the one below), repair kits are available but hard to find and expensive. Best thing to do is go to your local auto parts store, buy a new coupler that matches yours, and swap out the moving parts on your hitch. It's usually a single bolt with a spring, the latch and parts that hold the ball tight (don't know what they're called). You'll need to adjust the spring tension, but lots of videos online on how to do that.

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:25 PM   #6
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Mine is not like the pic you have. It has a lock that circles the front of the hitch and lifts and pushes back. I am going to a camper store tomorrow and will look for repair kits. Thanks
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:11 PM   #7
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Is it a bulldog like this? They can be sticky but IMHO they don't get any better safety wise.

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Nope but after some research I think mine is an attwood with the ring bail maybe 88555 or 88600. when I searched these I came up with one similar to your first picture. attwoods web site shows the one I have but I do not know how to attach pictures. thanks.
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So like this and that should not take tools, sorry can't recall what it looks like under. Check like Maddoxdave said above and rob parts or buy new and a good weld shop will make short work of replacing the defect one.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:49 PM   #10
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That is exactly what I have. I read on Attwoods site that it may just need a good cleaning and oiling with 30 wt oil. May try that first then if that does not correct it I will buy a replacement. Have a good weld shop near home. Thanks for your help/
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