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Old 05-31-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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Made a weird clank when I dropped the Trailer on the hitch ball. Hitch lock went down and I locked it, proceeding as normal. Last night it I could not get the thing to release, grease, silicone, wiggling the truck back and forth, a little persuading with a hammer, no luck. Tomorrow I will be back in my summer home campground, and will pull the pin on the trailer, drop the chains and let the wretched thing hang. Any way to fix it myself, or does thia need a new ball receiver and lock welded on?

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Old 05-31-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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Recently mine was the opposite. Would not go on the ball to latch. Would take me 30 minutes. No amont of lube seemed to help. I had to put a new kit in it works fine now. I am not sure maybee it was the spring.


I would pull the pin drop it as you suggested and spray lube in and let it set over nite.


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Old 05-31-2019, 09:35 AM   #3
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I have helped people with this before and spray lube is not the real answer, penetrating oil works better. Those things really rust/corrode and freeze up.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:37 AM   #4
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Paula unless something inside broke, after traveling again it may work fine for you.

It may just need a little tweeking. (Obviously)

While trying to unhitch if you have someone to step on the truck bumper and jiggle themselves around a bit that may work. We have put truck in park and then moved it slightly forward just enough to reposition it and then it came loose.

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Old 05-31-2019, 11:44 AM   #5
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Sometimes to much pressure on the ball will cause this. Try to see if you can relieve the pressure by backing up or leaving or vehicle in neutral. Just be sure to choke the wheels on the trailer and have someone inside you vehicle. The alternative is to pull the hitch pin in your reciever and pull out forward. The try to get the ball unstuck from there.
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Try adding a couple more jack pads to give the jack a better shot at pulling up. Been there done that.


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Old 05-31-2019, 02:00 PM   #7
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Thanks all. Tried most of that yesterday. 109į beat me down, and the thought of truing to drive the truck onto the hitch allowed me to surrender. Better luck tomorrow. Reserved a spot in the trees and lots of people.offer to help.

Worst case find someone with a Lincoln welder installed in his truck bed.

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Paula

Thatís about 1.5 hr away from me.

Thatís a plan C offer

South of the Border, Tacky, really ?

Pedro says not tacky till you back into a cactus!

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Gary TACKY isn't necessarily bad. Kitchy might be better. I have had more than a passing thought that it might be a fun place for a vintage and "faux vintage" rally. Best Lucy and Desi costumes, best 1930s bathing suits (when men were expected to wear singlets ("wife beater" undershirts) to avoid showing their nipples! And of course best fried baloney sandwiches, and molded Jello, and Waldorf salad (grrk apples, raisins, grapes, celery and mayo - grrk!) Of course tomato aspic for the truly masochistic.

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To digress, we have stayed there a couple of times a year, on our way to and from Charleston. It really is a nice campground, especially since utilities are on both sides of the trailer. The food at Peddler's is pretty good, not so much anywhere else.
However, this year they increased the rates to almost equal with a KOA. Not worth the extra money!!
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The coupler latch may have jammed, which would probably need a new one installed. They are replaceable, though I wouldn't recommend a novice try it.
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I've had the same thing happen. When you get home and pull the pin, it's likely that the hitch will come loose after you pull the truck forward. Don't put your toes under it. That reminds me, I need to get Fritos at the grocery.
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I donít want to know how you connected your toes with Fritos. I will say I make that same connection with Daisyís paws but I just - I - well....I gotta go.....
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. . . Free toes . . .



Phonetic . . .

Time for a paws, I guess.

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When I had a hitch ball stick in the coupler, and jumping/bouncing on the bumper did not work, (first removed the WD bars) I put the jack foot down and took weight off until I could lift the latch lever. Then I lifted the rear of the truck a few inches, until the weight of the truck was hanging on the coupler. Then I stuck a long crowbar between the lip of the coupler and the ball mount. I was able to get enough leverage, with the weight of the truck assisting, to pry the ball out.

Once you get the ball out, you might find the space in the coupler latch area is filled with grit/grime/grease buildup. A good cleaning may be all that's needed. If something is broke or bent, installing a latch kit is not really hard to do, but it is messy.

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You might take a photo or two of the area, looking up from beneath the hitch latch. If you post photos, someone might be able to see the problem and give a better diagnosis.
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I had a similar experience, and was able to get it unstuck. Mine is an Atwood coupler. I lowered the jack to put the coupler in a completely neutral position with weight neither pushing down nor pulling up on the ball. Then I took a long screwdriver and easily pushed up on the retention mechanism on the underside of the coupler and hitch ball. At the same time, I raised the coupler off the ball, no problem. When I fully raised it, the internal mechanism fell out on the ground. At the time, Atwood was still in business, and the coupler repair kit was still available, less than $20 as I recall. It was a very easy, 5 minute replacement to put in the new coupler mechanism. If your's is an Atwood and you can find the coupler repair kit, it should be an easy fix. Unfortunately, the last I checked, the part is no longer made, and you may be S.O.L. with that coupler. You'll then have to cut it off and weld on a different make.
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EXTREMELY GROSS AND GRAPHIC STREAM OF EXPLETIVES DELETED!

Gloom despair and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery.
If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all... (HeeHaw)

Sitting in a parking lot 110 miles from Va. Beach, just south of the NC-VA border looking at the hole where one of my living room windows used to be. Eddie Haskell Strikes again. The redeeming news? Screen is still intact. Trying to work up courage to go back and look inside.

Do I drive it home as is or try to find plexiglass and aluminum tape in locally? Leaving I-95 for VA 58, a 2 lane mostly rural road in 14 miles.
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Duct tape, cardboard, extra duct tap.
Stop the wind from blowing inside.
Go home!
If it rains, stop for a while.

on edit:
If you are near a Lowes or HD, you could get a piece of plywood instead of cardboard. They will cut to fit.
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