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Old 07-25-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Can't hitch up

Help please! Stuck in campground because I can't hitch up. When I lower the trailer tongue onto the ball the coupler won't go down. It appears as if the latch inside the coupler won't retract far enough to allow the ball to slide past. Has anyone had any experience with this? What happens if I take the roll pin out of the top latch (to investigate)? Will springs go flying? The inside latch does retract up when the outside latch is opened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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It sounds like the latch pawl is jammed inside the trailer coupler. Try raising the tongue up and snapping the lock mechanism up and down a few times. Then check to see if the latch pawl is up when it is locked. Unlock it if it is; then pull the TV slightly forward and lower the hitch back down. You may be just a little too far back with the TV and you are jamming the pawl as you lower the hitch.

I am assuming you towed the trailer to this campground with the same TV. But I'll ask the question anyway.
Is the ball the right size for the hitch on the trailer?
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Can u take a photo of the underside of the hitch? The piece inside should go down and open up to go over the ball?
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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That's a common problem on my flat bed trailer that only gets used occasionally. Remedy is ample squirts of WD40 and tapping on the latch (don't know proper term) to make sure it releases so the ball can slide past.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:18 AM   #5
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Don't stick your fingers up in there, unless it is away from the ball.
This happens easy if the trailer is too far forward when lowering.
Raise it back up, bang on it, look for the latch to stand up tall, and test by closing latch a few times before lowering.
Sometimes is best to lower hitch onto ball at front edge of hitch, then let it fall onto ball by backing up some more, or bumping hitch to fall on ball.
Don't raise stand all the way, in case you miss ball.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:39 AM   #6
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Yes, it is the same TV and the ball size has not changed. Is there anything up inside the coupler that might have bent? I know it sounds like a simple issue but I have tried all of the above. I don't have the capability to take a picture. Thanks for your help! Anybody know of a repair shop near Mandeville, LA?
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Look at this thread Says lube it, work it At the end there is a break down of the coupling parts so you can see how it comes apart.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...sue-78077.html
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:15 PM   #8
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It was a dark and stormy night........which is my excuse for being an idiot! When I went out to look at the coupler in the daylight (still raining) I noticed that my sway bar had swung down and was digging into the ground not allowing the tongue to come down! There was nothing wrong with the coupler. I admit to this because it might happen to someone else! To everybody who provided assistance I say thank you. Sorry I took your time.
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Glad to hear you got it figured out.

I had the same experience as the other posters...if the truck is too far back then it will not allow the lever to lock down. As they said, always try to have the hitch ball almost fully back enough to be right under the tongue. If you are too far under the tongue it will jam when you try to close it.
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Great. You must of been near me. I was awake watching the radar because it was storming. Beech day cancelled today, shopping for the gurls!
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It was a dark and stormy night........which is my excuse for being an idiot! When I went out to look at the coupler in the daylight (still raining) I noticed that my sway bar had swung down and was digging into the ground not allowing the tongue to come down! There was nothing wrong with the coupler. I admit to this because it might happen to someone else! To everybody who provided assistance I say thank you. Sorry I took your time.
Ahhhhh Mhilley...I too have had to fess up on the forums to a sad but true momentary relapse of common sense. But at least on here, no one gets mad at you for "wasting their time". It is all fun, and we all learn from it. The Silver lining?? Well, It all started to make sense and ultimately did not require a trip to a repair shop. $$$$$ saved!
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Good to know about checking things you may not think of...especially in the dark and rain. Many times I have lowered a trailer and not had the pawl fully engage...usually just slipping my TV into a forward gear for a second will get it to "pop"...trailers definately tend to creep forward when lowered..
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