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Sooboy

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Posted: 06/27/12 11:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

othertonka wrote:

Is the dingy straight behind the MH when attempting to unhook? It should be.


Agreed. I find it's very important to have the car as straight as possible behind the RV. If not, it is difficult to release the locks...thereby making it harder to remove the pins.

Terrain also has an impact - if the toad is on a hill, there's going to be pressure on the pins...that's what's keeping it from rolling away!

* This post was edited 06/27/12 12:08pm by Sooboy *


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Happens to me from time to time. Turning the wheel in the direction of the stiff pin helps. Most of the time, I just put on my gloves and twist the pin out. I then retract the arm.

BTW: I never retract the tow arm before removing the pin. It is too easy to bend the retraction lever by mistake when the arm is under load.


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Just to updaate. The last 4 times I have disconnected, I have not had much trouble in part due to your suggestions. I appreciate all the help. Being level does help quite a bit. On our road it was not so level, but turning the wheel helped in that case.
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gotsmart don,t have much of a car,needs to be called "smartsgone"

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I have a Blue OX tow bar with a Stowmaster bracket on the toad. I make sure we are level and straight, emergency brake on, unlock the bars to relieve pressure, unlock the pins and give the pins a slight kick. Yea, I know it sounds weird but it works. The kick is just enough pressure to "unstick" the pins. They slide out easy after that. It works for me.

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DUNEBUGGYDOUG wrote:

gotsmart don,t have much of a car,needs to be called "smartsgone"

yeah, I know. The site that is hosting many of my pics (smartcarofamerica.com) is having problems with storing images in the members' profiles. About half of my uploaded pics are lost, but I have all my pics on my PC. I'll re-upload them when the site is repaired or start using Flickr more - most likely I'll start using Flickr.


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