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Old 07-16-2003, 10:55 AM   #15
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Hubbys are handy huh Steph?

They can also be trained to jump up and down on the hitch while you disengage. Cusswords optional.
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Old 07-16-2003, 11:10 AM   #16
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WD-40 IS great to use as a non stripping cleaner of the old gooey gooky grease. Use lots of it and a old rag and it will almost polish up. Then you can re-grease.

As to the concern on the coupler wear, the latch is where most of the pressure seems to be, and it is a simple matter to drive out the pin and replace the pawl that locks the trailer to the ball.

It even rhymes!
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:30 PM   #17
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Question 4-mil Plastic?

Any other comments on this? It sounds good, but does it really supply a "lubricant" or slip surface?
How long have you been doing this?
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Old 07-23-2003, 02:00 PM   #18
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Pardon the digression but while we are discussing balls, lube, etc.... I have another problem that I sort of found a solution to because the hitch ball was stuck. Lifting the whole thing is a little too much for me sometimes, especially now that I have Enkay mudflaps that also weigh down the hitch bar.

So, what I have been doing is leaving everything attached, releasing the tension on the WD bars and pulling the pin on the hitch bar/receiver and sliding that out. I leave everything hanging from the trailer hitch.

Practicing has made this as easy as aligning the ball with the hitch almost.

I use the rod/pipe for raising and lowering the WD bar chain mechanism to sit the bar on when I aim for the receiver hole. It seems it wants to flop down if I don't.

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Old 07-26-2003, 09:40 PM   #19
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WTG Kistler. It ain't rocket science. If it couples, it will also uncouple., although it is sometimes fun to have someone jump up and down on the tongue hollering obscenitiess.
Kinda wakes up the campground too.

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Old 07-27-2003, 08:27 AM   #20
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Jumping on the bumper in my case could cause a big body shop cost....I think the bumper is plastic.
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Old 10-02-2003, 02:00 PM   #21
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I had the stuck ball problem after I changed from a Jeep to Suburban tow vehicle.

My Reese hitch has a spacer "stud" between the part that goes into the tow vehicle and the part that the hitch screws into. This already had a couple of the supplied washers under it. I added one more washer under the stud and since then the hitch comes off and on much easier. The spacers change the angle of the ball and how it fits into the trailer.
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