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Posted: 12/29/17 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Raise the lever and pull/slide it to the rear. You may have to place a jack under the hitch to remove the weight from the catch pawl.


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Did you use Lucas Red N Tacky #2? That's some sticky stuff


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take a gander at old biscuit's pics and then apply itchy feet's advice.

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Posted: 12/29/17 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In addition to using grease on the ball, oil the moving parts in the latch. If the parts are worn or rusted, you might be able to repair the coupler. Parts





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The ultimate solution to this struggle is to have your local trailer shop change out the coupler to a side latch style.
This is what my horse trailer has on it, very common on horse/stock/construction trailers

https://www.etrailer.com/A-Frame-Trailer-Coupler/Bulldog/BD028499.html

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Side latch? That's a Bulldog latch, best one made, but takes a hammer to operate.


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Ozlander wrote:

Side latch? That's a Bulldog latch, best one made, but takes a hammer to operate.


Well, Bulldog is a brand, but I hear you. I think sleeve-lock, or collar lock is the correct term for the style.

Hammer ? I've had three trailers with this style latch, and never had to use a hammer to open or close one, so I'm not sure what you are referring to ?

What I am saying is, they easily latch and unlatch.

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Loosen the adjusting nut, and then take a very large flat head screwdriver and pry between the wedge and ball. Easy Peasy!!!


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I currently have an older trailer with a sticky coupling. Soemtimes I have to take a screwdriver and tap the underjaw to free it up.

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joelyn wrote:

OK got back from a short trip and went to unhook the trailer and I cannot get the hitch to release from the ball. I have had problems with another trailer but after bouncing and kicking it it would eventually release. This time I greased the ball and under the hitch before hooking up, drove home and would not release for nothing. just had to pull the pin and drive the truck away to disconnect, but as u can see the hitch ball still will not come out.
The hitch is a EQUILIZER SWAY CONTROL BRAND, IF THAT HELPS. PICTURE IS A LITTLE DISTORTED, WILL TRY TO REPOST IF IT WOULD HELP FIND A SOLUTION.

WHATS MY PROBLEM if anyone knows??????
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It would really help if we could see the rest of the ball coupler so we can tell the brand and style. From what little I can see, it could be a Shelby coupler or a Fulton and the latch inside is very different between the two.

I know this may be a silly question, but just asking. Is this the first few times you are using this trailer with the latch issues? Don't know if you had it for years or just acquired it. The reason I'm asking is how the latch works. My porior TT tricked me big time on how that latched worked, could not get it uncoupled for nothing. Once I figured it out, I can open it with one finger....


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