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Walaby wrote:

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I ALSO HAVE TO PUSH IT BACKWARDS WHICH RELEASES THE LATCH UNDERNEATH, (DUUUUHHHH)

Old Biscuit called it back on page 1.

Glad you got it figured out.

Kinda interesting you've been a member for 15 years but haven't towed a trailer before now? Are you a reformed motorhomer? If so, welcome to the best side (grin).

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LOL, yes that is what we are. we had a motorhome for 16 years and just started to get to expensive to fix since things were starting to go. so we sold it and our toe jeep and got a truck and now we have TT. Miss the motorhome but kind of starting to like the TT now...
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JBarca wrote:

joelyn wrote:

OK, may have found out my problem. Won't know for sure until our next trip.


I found out that once I lift that handle to disconnect I ALSO HAVE TO PUSH IT BACKWARDS WHICH RELEASES THE LATCH UNDERNEATH, (DUUUUHHHH) I NEVER KNEW THAT AND I WAS JUST PULLING THE HANDLE UP THINKING THAT THAT WAS RELEASING THE LATCH UNDERNEATH.
so I also tried it on my other trailer that would never release and that one also just slid back and released the latch.


Ah yup!!!! That was why I was asking if this was maybe a new trailer and what the coupler looks like. This same coupler got me. I have towed many trailers before but not with this coupler until I bought a camper. That little lift hande slides back towards the trailer.... It will not pivot full up like other ball couplers.

We had a big discussion on this ball coupler a while ago. I made a cross section picture of how it works. See here

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Glad you have it figured out now.

Hope this helps

John



THATS EXACTLY WHAT i have. so by just pulling up on the release it was never letting go of the ball.
good illustration, THANKS.

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For you guys that like to grease the ball,remember that it's a double edged sword. Yes it lowers resistance between the hitch and ball, but the grease is also an attractant for dirt, and there's a lot of it thrown up off the ground by the truck and the wind created between the two vehicles.
Personally, I have never used grease in the forty odd years of pulling trailers and have yet to see any damage from it. Just food for thought.

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Good to hear the OP has solved this and add for others and future reference

Below quote from an old comment and add...

Backing up moves the ball out of the front coupler hemisphere
...where it goes below the ball equator to keep the ball from moving down and out

The rear portion of the coupler dome has nothing to hole the ball except for the latch pawl.

Undoing the latch removes that interference to allow the ball to move backwards. Again, why backing up with the trailer tires blocked and unlatched allows the ball to come out of the front couple dome

This image shows one type of latch, but they all (most) look like this
[image]


This image is of the flat stop on top of most balls and is to allow the ball to move rear wards, out of the coupler dome capture area
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HITCH BALL STUCK IN TRAILER TOUNGE

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Posted: 12/09/10 07:27pm

I've had a few experiences with this on various trailers.

First, you know how 'most' couplers work? That might help understand how/why it is
stuck

The forward portion of the coupler (towards the TV) is 'cupped' with the bottom
end of the 'round' complete enough to go 'underneath' the ball's lower hemisphere

Meaning it won't allow the coupler to move up and off of the ball.

The latch has a 'tang' or 'pawl' that goes underneath the rear of the ball.

This 'tang' or 'pawl' is most likely stuck and/or the ball is still 'up' against
the couple's 'cup'

The latch should have an adjustment to tighten or loosen that 'tang'/'pawl'. If
you haven't, try squirting some sort of frozen bolt whatever into that.

Finally, I'd just take the balls nut off and then work on it



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Cool thanks for the post back.

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Don't feel too embarrassed because you are not the first person to have that issue. I was at a CG near Myrtle Beach and some people pulled into the site next to us and he starts to disconnect and I see him yanking and tugging to get the trailer to let go of the ball. I stepped over and asked if he needed some help......said they had borrowed the trailer and he did not know how to get it to let go. I showed him how the latch worked and I could see he was s little embarrassed because it was so simple. Told him How should he know if he was not shown and told him if he had any other questions to just ask, no problem. It gets easier as it goes...

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36guy wrote:

For you guys that like to grease the ball,remember that it's a double edged sword. Yes it lowers resistance between the hitch and ball, but the grease is also an attractant for dirt, and there's a lot of it thrown up off the ground by the truck and the wind created between the two vehicles.
Personally, I have never used grease in the forty odd years of pulling trailers and have yet to see any damage from it. Just food for thought.


Bulldog hitches recommend greasing the ball pocket. See under MAINTENANCE Bulldog Instructions


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ken56 wrote:

Don't feel too embarrassed because you are not the first person to have that issue.


Truth! How do you think we all KNOW and even have a favorite way to do it? Been there, done that! Now pass it on [emoticon]

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Thanks to all for ur help and suggestions and comments. Always come to the right place to get my questions answered and other suggestions.
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I have that same latch on my new cargo trailer,
It has stuck twice.
Each time was when the temps dropped big time after a snow or rain. moisture on it froze and that kept it from releasing,
Take a hammer and tap lightly to push the latch back in the direction it would normally be going.
Would actually see little ice pieces fall out as I did it.

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