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Edit, I see you posted that you got it fixed while I was typing. But I am curious, do you have the black or silver style below. I'm leaving my post to possibly help someone else in the future.

First and foremost be careful. When you get that hitch loose it's going to drop to the ground. You definitely do not want it to land on your foot.

As asked above, leave the latch in the lock position and see if you can move the hitch around by hand. Leave it locked so it doesn't suddenly drop on your foot. If it doesn't move you have a problem. If it does move as we all expect it will, then you have a rust or binding problem.

In the pictures below does your trailer use either of the latch styles? If so which one one, the black or silver?
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If the black unit then uncoupling takes two motions. You lift the back edge up exposing a small v shaped groove on the bottom of the lever. While holding the back edge up you slide the lever backwards until the v shaped groove hooks over the slot and holds the lever up when you let go. If the lever does not stay up you are not unlatched and it will never come off.

If the silver unit then the lever lifts up and stays up. If it won't uncouple after the lever is up then you possibly have a rust issue.


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1988Resort wrote:

Oh my goodness; I just got it off! The problem was I just didn't know how to properly undo the latch. It was very sticky; the trailer is very old, as I mentioned. I had an "aha" moment last night when I watched one more youtube video of hitch dismantling and watched the way he pulled out the latch.

When dismantling the hitch the other day, I broke the first rule of RVing, "Never be in a rush", as I was starting to run out of time before I had to be at work and I needed to get the trailer detached from my truck so I could drive to work and not have to take my trailer with me! So I began to panic. I also had someone helping me who knew nothing about trailers and was the one who suggested pulling the pin out of the hitch and driving the truck out. So now I just have to put the ball mount back on my truck and practice hitching and unhitching about 50 more times! Maybe 100. And maybe put some WD40 on that latch.

Thanks, everyone!


Congrats!!! Being in a rush is bad, getting stressed because you're in a rush is worse. Just be thankful your reminder was painless. [emoticon]

Glad it was an easy to fix problem. Now that it's disconnected, use a grease to lubricate. WD-40 is good to loosen it when stuck, but grease is better to keep it from sticking.


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Lynnmor wrote:

Always apply grease to the ball despite what some might advise.


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opnspaces wrote:

Edit, I see you posted that you got it fixed while I was typing. But I am curious, do you have the black or silver style below. I'm leaving my post to possibly help someone else in the future.

First and foremost be careful. When you get that hitch loose it's going to drop to the ground. You definitely do not want it to land on your foot.

As asked above, leave the latch in the lock position and see if you can move the hitch around by hand. Leave it locked so it doesn't suddenly drop on your foot. If it doesn't move you have a problem. If it does move as we all expect it will, then you have a rust or binding problem.

In the pictures below does your trailer use either of the latch styles? If so which one one, the black or silver?
[image]
[image]

If the black unit then uncoupling takes two motions. You lift the back edge up exposing a small v shaped groove on the bottom of the lever. While holding the back edge up you slide the lever backwards until the v shaped groove hooks over the slot and holds the lever up when you let go. If the lever does not stay up you are not unlatched and it will never come off.

If the silver unit then the lever lifts up and stays up. If it won't uncouple after the lever is up then you possibly have a rust issue.


Apparently I need to change something in my settings to see photos, but based on the verbal description, I have the black one. Lift up and pull back (which is what I didn't realize when first attempting to dismantle).

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Lynnmor wrote:

Always apply grease to the ball despite what some might advise.


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Thanks! Um, despite looking more foolish than I already do... what kind of grease do I need to buy and where can I buy it? An auto shop? Walmart? Tractor Supply Co.? Do I just ask for "grease"? Is there a specific type?

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You can buy "grease" at all those places. No type, just comes in a little tub. I'm sure there are viscosity ratings, but dang, just get some grease.

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1988Resort wrote:

2 many 2 wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Always apply grease to the ball despite what some might advise.


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Thanks! Um, despite looking more foolish than I already do... what kind of grease do I need to buy and where can I buy it? An auto shop? Walmart? Tractor Supply Co.? Do I just ask for "grease"? Is there a specific type?


Yes, any kind will do. After you unhook, wipe off the ball with a couple paper towels and re-apply clean grease the next time you hook-up. You just need a teaspoon full at the most each time, smear it all over the ball.

Once in a while it is also a good idea to wipe out the coupler up inside to clean out dirt or other contamination.

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My pants leg always seemed to be able to find the greased ball.

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1988Resort wrote:

Oh my goodness; I just got it off! The problem was I just didn't know how to properly undo the latch. It was very sticky; the trailer is very old, as I mentioned. I had an "aha" moment last night when I watched one more youtube video of hitch dismantling and watched the way he pulled out the latch.

When dismantling the hitch the other day, I broke the first rule of RVing, "Never be in a rush", as I was starting to run out of time before I had to be at work and I needed to get the trailer detached from my truck so I could drive to work and not have to take my trailer with me! So I began to panic. I also had someone helping me who knew nothing about trailers and was the one who suggested pulling the pin out of the hitch and driving the truck out. So now I just have to put the ball mount back on my truck and practice hitching and unhitching about 50 more times! Maybe 100. And maybe put some WD40 on that latch.

Thanks, everyone!


That's awesome news! That's how we learn and this lesson was free! Glad it was resolved with a simple solution and keep us updated on your future usage!


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Glad to see you figured it out.... I know some hitches can be a bear.


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