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Old 10-13-2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Hitch question

I have a newTT my hitch latch doesn't slide well,what can I use to make it slide better?

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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There are two things. most any lubricant will work Engine oil Silicone Dri-Slide (Very messy but very good) Even WD-40 if you do not mind spraying it EVERY time (not a good lube choice, after all it is a cleaner)
And yes, Dish or hand soap will work too (Better than WD-40 in fact).

Just do not change lubricants once you make a choice.

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Usually if it is not sliding easily it is because the hitch is not dead center on the trailer,, I have found many times when a bit of pressure one way or the other on either the trailer or tower allowed it to latch easily.

Of course the "Bit of pressure" works a whole lot better on a 2000 pound trailer than on a 20,000 pounder

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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I had the same issue with our last TT when it was also new. It seems like they piled on the paint real thick. I sprayed the crud out of it. Had to hit it a few times with a hammer to get it to loosen up. Seemed like it took a while for it to really loosen up.

FYI when your steps fell tight spray them as well. It's amazing how easy they move with a few coats of WD-40 or any silicone lube on them.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:07 PM   #5
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Had the same problem, had to lube it repeatedly over a period of a few weeks, its been good ever since
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:00 AM   #6
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I keep a can of WD-40 in my toolbox in the bed of the pickup and use it regularly for the couplers on various trailers. Yeah, it's messy and attracts dust and dirt, but that's why they make rags. Otherwise WD-40 works well. I'm too old and banged up to mess with a balky coupler.

But I wonder if slide lube (the lube used on an RV sliding room mechanism) might be better? It's sorta messy too, but sticks to the metal better than WD-40.

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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