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Old 07-23-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Thanks to the guy with the magic foot

Hi again
We were in LA last week at the Anaheim Resort RV Park by Disneyland.
We had a little trouble hitching our trailer to our TV. We could not get the ball on the TV to attach to the trailer. Eveything seemed to be lined up perfectly but the hitch WOULD NOT "click".
After trying for what seemed to be hours, I noticed another Airstream and decided I would ask for some advice. The very kind man said "let's take a look". We walked over to our trailer.... He reached down and pushed the latch down....but still no "click"...looking a little puzzled he put his foot on the hitch and gently tapped it with his foot....CLICK!!!! My face must have turned beet red!

By the way...we had the same problem hitching in our drive way...we jumped on the TV's bumper....started from scratch and pulled out to try to re-align our a last resort I sprayed some WD40 on the trailer latch thingy and all of a sudden "CLICK"

Based on your experience....any advice before our next outing?

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Old 07-23-2007, 11:41 AM   #2
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Have the ball located under the front of the hitch receiver on the A-frame. It gets balky if the ball is in the backside of the receptacle.

It also is harder to make it 'click' if you have to hitch with the TV angled up- or downhill. Also if the TV is angled to one side or the other. Always troubleshoot if the latch doesn't click into the underhang -- I once engaged my weight distribution bars when I knew it hadn't clicked and BANG! 800# bars can push that hitch apart quite effectively!!


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Old 07-23-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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Canoe stream makes a good point about making sure your vehicles are both fairly close to level.

On a less serious note a suggestion is to get hold of the foot the guy used and keep it stowed in the back of your car. Then when you have a problem you can pull it out and use it . I realize eventually it may get a tad smelly but by then you should have things figured out anyway.

Just a thought, are you sure you have the right size hitch ball on your tow vehicle?

It will be interesting to find out if the wd-40 cured the problem.

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Old 07-23-2007, 01:18 PM   #4
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I used to have this problem all the time then a dealer gave me a tip. When you back under leave just an edge of the ball forward of the hitch. As you lower the hitch it will slide out and down over the ball. It keeps it from hanging on the latch. Works even on a slope.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:50 PM   #5
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I always try to do what Gary suggests above, and it usually works. I always clean and grease the hitch ball before starting and that seems to help too.

One time, because of an obstruction, I had to hitch up at almost a 30 degree angle. I couldn't get it to latch, so I let it sit on the hitch without the WD bars, and slowly pulled forward to straighten the TV/Trailer out. When we came into alignment, the hitch clicked in place by itself.

Better than keep in a dead foot in the storage compartment

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:40 PM   #6
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BANG!!!! - THAT was scary!

Having just had a most unpleasant experience.... got a car trailer from P*nsk* to haul the wife's Honda Civic from locale to locale.... I got it all 'hooked' and everything 'locked' the way it is supposed to....

Pulled the Honda up and WHAM!!!! the nose of the trailer rocketed OFF the trailer ball and into the air..... my son, who was 'centering' me had just moved away from the 'delicate' position when the seperation occured.... Still the whole thing was more than a little freaky.

Got the honda backed off, re-connected and re-hitched. TRIPLE checked it all the 2nd time. No worries.

Trailering, as SO MANY things in life, can reach up and BITE you just when you least expect it.... TRIPLE CHECK EVERYTHING, EVERY TIME!!! JUST DO IT!!!

Better to be safe, than sorry....

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Old 07-26-2007, 04:32 AM   #7
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two tips:

1 grease the ball. wheel bearing or white lithum grease works well.

2 after coupling, use the jack to lift both the trailer and the tow vehicle to make sure it is actually connected. then install the bars before lowering.

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Old 07-26-2007, 07:04 AM   #8
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yep..... a little grease and let the hitch slide over the front of the ball. Works every time. If it still hangs make shure the foot is all the way back. I have 5 trailers and I have to do it on all of them.
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:57 AM   #9
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The other posters have nailed it. I learned the trick with my first Airstream in '01. The key is to have the ball edge on the vehicle side slightly exposed. That way the trailer looks as if has to move forward to engage the hitch ball completely. There is enough deflection in the tow vehicle that once the hitch hits the ball the tow vehicle will settle lower, and the ball will snap right in and the hitch release lever will lock right into place. It works every time.


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