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Old 05-06-2017, 12:03 AM   #1
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Can't remove the ball from the Airstream hitch

hello

i picked up our NEW 2017 AS 22FB today. the tour was very rushed

when we got home, we removed the sway bar and the weight distribution bars

The Trailer Coupler is Stuck on Hitch Ball and Will Not Release
i removed the pin from the latch, but the latch would but budge.

In the end i had to remove the 2" hitch bar from the TV and leave it dangling from the trailers

HOW the *(&*(& do i remove the Ball
what is holding it in

please advise
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:13 AM   #2
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On mine you push the latch forward, then lift up. Took me a bit to figure out when I first got mine.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:42 AM   #3
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hello

i picked up our NEW 2017 AS 22FB today. the tour was very rushed

when we got home, we removed the sway bar and the weight distribution bars

The Trailer Coupler is Stuck on Hitch Ball and Will Not Release
i removed the pin from the latch, but the latch would but budge.

In the end i had to remove the 2" hitch bar from the TV and leave it dangling from the trailers

HOW the *(&*(& do i remove the Ball
what is holding it in

please advise
Read and follow the instructions stamped on the coupler lever, and it should disengage.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:45 AM   #4
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Sometimes move the trailer a small amount either forward or backward to release the pressure on the ball. Just a tad is all that's needed.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:22 AM   #5
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Hook it back up

With it hanging it will be tough to get off. Put it back in the receiver and then with one hand on the switch powering the jack up( mostly up) and down, use the other hand to push the latch forward. Once you get to moved forward then pop the latch up and continue raising the lift. I have used a few taps with a hammer to move the latch forward but don't get carried away.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:25 AM   #6
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Sometimes move the trailer a small amount either forward or backward to release the pressure on the ball. Just a tad is all that's needed.


This.

Sometimes I just release the parking break and then reset it and that alone does it.

And sometimes I jump up and down on the bumper.

And I've been know to curse at it. Helps!
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:38 AM   #7
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Often the latch is very hard to lift, so I hold up and use rubber hammer to finish raising. No problems raising trailer off hitch ball.
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Jump up and down on the bumper of the tow vehicle often loosens the grip.
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Old 05-06-2017, 09:21 AM   #9
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My coupler is the kind where the lever slides back and up to release. It is more difficult to release than the ones where the lever pivots up and forward on a pin.

I have to put the coupler and ball into a minimum stress condition to disengage. Most times it is sufficient to watch the bar in the receiver to see that it is free to move. This happens in a very narrow range of height on the tongue jack. If I have just removed the WD bars, I lower the tongue until I see a small gap develop between the top of the bar and the inside of the top of the receiver. Sometimes I can see the hitch assembly rotate slightly in the coupler at the same time. Most times this is good enough. Once or twice I have had to move the Tv forward slightly, usually when backing uphill into a parking spot.

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Old 05-06-2017, 10:28 AM   #10
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Do you have air suspension in your tow vehicle? In some systems you have to disengage the air suspension before hooking or unhooking otherwise the truck raises up and down with the hitch. First time I towed with my Ram 1500 c/w air susp I had the entire campground "helping" me, nobody could get it unhitched until I figured out I had to disengage the air suspension. Embarrasing!!
In a Ram its "tire jack mode", then it unhooks easily.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:52 AM   #11
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Sometimes move the trailer a small amount either forward or backward to release the pressure on the ball. Just a tad is all that's needed.
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Or the TV if the TT is already chocked. I ask my wife to sit in drivers seat and put trans in neutral. Power to jack and it usually releases...TV back in park.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:56 AM   #12
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Our 2017 Flying Cloud 26' has the type of release that has been mentioned where you slide the latch handle forward and then lift it up. I'll bet you have the same type on your trailer.

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Lube your balls. If not new and rusty...or not within spec... when you get it to release, look for galling/scrapes... on a new AS this should be resolved by dealer. Quickly. That is a potential safety issue.. should you need to disconnect in a hurrry, this is a problem.

Remember, if no "slack" in the connection in coupler like if you there is a bind between the tv and as. So, we block/secure tires then shake the tv to make sure there is no pressure.
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:48 AM   #14
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With a brand new coach, the ball may be in a bind (force from tow vehicle pulling, pushing, twisting, lifting or dropped down). The ball lock latch may be stiff with a tight pivot pin, a burr on the hook tang, or too much paint in the slot. One very slight possibility may be that like most new coach owners, you just don't know how to release the lock mechanism. Of course, there is the chance that the wedges which hold the ball in place are jammed. Often can be slightly oversized parts, a burr, or a lack of lubrication.

New coach = dealer problem. New RVer = need to learn. New coach = real big important requirement to go slow and not cause damage. Suggest a phone call to dealer service to walk you through the process to release or return for hands on correction.

Good luck with your investigation. The folks have suggest just about every possibility and the issue is likely simple when you figure out the problem. Do not get frustrated. Take it as a learning challenge and have fun with it. Cause, there will be others. Wait until you start using the HVAC control. It has an illogical mind that defies external command, especially late in the day.

Now go for it. What, already got it figured out. Great! Pat
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