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Old 07-16-2015, 10:34 PM   #1
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Backed into site that left TV sloped relative to the trailer. I raised trailer tongue all the way and still would not release from truck ball. Finally snapped loose and truck dropped a foot. Kind of scary. Looks like the truck was putting pressure against the back of the trailer tongue but I could not see this while they were connected. How should I have handled this?
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:42 PM   #2
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after backing into spot, put vehicle into dive an it'll release the pressure off the ball, that's more than likely all it was, ball jammed in hitch.
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Old 07-17-2015, 05:17 AM   #3
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First the to do first "of course " is choke the trailer wheels !!!
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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trl release

WD-40 is a miracle product. A shot of this will avoid a lot of problems. Do this before you hook-up and everything works smoother. IMHO
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:04 AM   #5
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Ball hitches do not release under tension.. You jack it up till you think it should "pop" with the latch released then jog the tow vehicle forward/backward like 1/2 inch and it will release,, Which way to job depends on the nature of the jam.. You want the ball centered in the hitch just like it was when it dropped on.
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First of all WD-40 is not a lubricant, it is a water dispersant. You need to get some type of grease on the ball and on the hitch. If you don't in will wear all of the components of your hitch system.
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It seems that recently when WD-40 is mentioned online a pedant will pipe up saying it's not a lubricant, despite the fact that it, ah, lubricates.
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Yes!!! From 40 years in the hardware bis. WD40 is a lubricant, but a very short lived one. It was great in it's day, and every house should have a can, but, so many superior products out there now !!!! Dry lubes rule !!!
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First of all WD-40 is not a lubricant, it is a water dispersant. You need to get some type of grease on the ball and on the hitch. If you don't in will wear all of the components of your hitch system.
I grew up on a farm. One of the trailers we towed was ball and coupler type.

I then towed trailers camping for like 25 years.. Same kind of coupler

Never wore one out, Never greased 'em.
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Thought I replied.. Sometimes, epically if the site is sloped, there is "Tension" on the hitch (The Tow vehicle is still trying to push or pull the Trailer,, PUSH is worst) if this is the case block the trailer so it will not roll
Raise the tong till you are fairly sure it should be loose and "Jog" the tow vehicle fowared or back just a bit (like 1/4 to 1/2 inch) it should release. That is a problem with this kind of hitch,, But considering the advantages of this kind of hitch it's the lesser of the problems.
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Thanks for all the tips. I'll chock my wheels, grease my ball, and move my TV a tad.
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First the to do first "of course " is choke the trailer wheels !!!
I choked my trailer wheels. All it did was give me sore hands from trying to expell the air out of them.
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WD-40 is a miracle product. A shot of this will avoid a lot of problems. Do this before you hook-up and everything works smoother. IMHO
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Forget the WD40. Try greasing the hitch mechanism instead.
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