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Old 11-14-2023, 03:37 PM   #1
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Coupler came off ball

Ball hitch came out of coupler when removing weight distribution torsion bars. Trailer was hitched up to truck. Used hitch jack to lift up truck to remove torsion bars on Blue Ox hitch. Ball popped out of the coupler.
Is my coupler broken or worn out? See photo. This is a 2015 27 Eddie Bauer I bought used last year. Would like to see others coupler mechanism to compare wear on mine.
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Old 11-14-2023, 06:04 PM   #2
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It's quite possible that it wasn't completely latched. Sometimes I have to get down and look to see if the tab is locked in correctly.

Have you already tried to hook up and raise the vehicle again? If it stays unhook and try a couple more times.

Your coupler looks like it could use some grease or some type of corrosion protection on it.
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Old 11-19-2023, 07:51 PM   #3
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I put my money on it wasnt latched completely.

Try it again, confirm by looking uunder it and getting a pin through the hole to lock it, and see if it does it again...
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Old 11-19-2023, 09:52 PM   #4
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There is a small spring at the top of the underside of the coupler. See if it needs to be lubricated or cleaned. Watch a you tube video on hitching and unhitching an airstream. Be sure the video is from the 2015 time frame. AS transitioned to a different coupler in 2019/2020.
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Old 11-20-2023, 08:46 AM   #5
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First, it sure looks like a lot of rust in the coupler.
Best to always keep it greased, I keep a tube of white lithium grease in the truck.
The bad news is your style of coupler, I call the Attwood, is no longer available. The new coupler design is by Demco. But it requires removing the old coupler and replacing the entire assembly to the A-frame. (Welding!)

Perhaps someone is selling a repair kit for the old Attwood, but I'm not aware.

Before I went to get the cutting torch, I'd make sure it really failed. If the clamp is not seated back enough, it can ride on top of the ball when hitching. Then the latch won't close, and it will come loose.
Try it again, try to align the ball slightly forward, so the coupler has to pull forward to drop on.
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Old 11-20-2023, 06:13 PM   #6
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Another way to check it is to latch the ball in the couple while not connected to TV and then try to wiggle the ball in the couple to see how much play there is.
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I've seen both sides of the grease argument. Having worked around heavy equipment on occasion, I'm on the 'grease it' side of that debate.

First thing I'd do with that coupler is oil it up, down through the latch, up underneath, all around in there.....then I'd work it, and check the spring and latch from underneath to see what's going on in there.

I always grease the ball, and keep the coupler clean, inside and out.
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Old 11-21-2023, 06:39 AM   #8
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I've seen both sides of the grease argument. Having worked around heavy equipment on occasion, I'm on the 'grease it' side of that debate.

First thing I'd do with that coupler is oil it up, down through the latch, up underneath, all around in there.....then I'd work it, and check the spring and latch from underneath to see what's going on in there.

I always grease the ball, and keep the coupler clean, inside and out.
I am too. I have a Propride, so the ball stays in the coupler 24/7 365. I drop it a couple times a year (every 7-10k, or so), hit the ball and coupler with BrakeClean, and regrease.
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At least you didn't do like this guy did ...
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I am too. I have a Propride, so the ball stays in the coupler 24/7 365. I drop it a couple times a year (every 7-10k, or so), hit the ball and coupler with BrakeClean, and regrease.



From the look of the gouges, it needs cleaned and greased way more often. I clean and grease every two weeks, three weeks.
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Ball hitch came out of coupler when removing weight distribution torsion bars. Trailer was hitched up to truck. Used hitch jack to lift up truck to remove torsion bars on Blue Ox hitch. Ball popped out of the coupler.
Is my coupler broken or worn out? See photo. This is a 2015 27 Eddie Bauer I bought used last year. Would like to see others coupler mechanism to compare wear on mine.
That coupler is a mess. I'd replace it or thoroughly clean it with a dremel or drill and wire brushes, then fully lubricate it. In the future, you need to keep it clean and lubricated.
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