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cavie

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Posted: 09/16/19 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

er78mph wrote:

I was saying that my current hitch ball size is 2 5/16, so maybe a coupler adjustment?


Yes, coupler must be adjusted to fit the ball snugly. you need to feel some tension when you lock it in place.


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Posted: 09/16/19 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone mentioned...

Whenever I hitch up a ball hitch, I'll connect everything like I expect and then I'll crank up the camper using the tongue jack to put force between the ball and coupler to see if they pop apart.

I had a golf cart trailer (rental cart + their trailer) come off of my truck when I went to ride the 6-person cart up the ramp. Scared the hell out of me. Fortunately 3-4 big college guys came out and helped me lift it back onto the ball and someone familiar with ball trailers helped me get it hitched properly. From there forward, I always raise the trailer to try and force it to disconnect.. kind of like a fifth wheel pull-test.


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^No, I never do that, but your process could be replaced with simply bending down and looking at the hitch to see that it’s set all the way down, if you want verification.


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Thanks for ALL your replies, much appreciated! Scary experience and needed the feedback! I'll get to it prior to our next adventure! THANKS TO ALL!

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Weight distribution bars put an upward force on the coupler. They wouldn’t have prevented this from happening.

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Kevinwa wrote:

Weight distribution bars put an upward force on the coupler. They wouldn’t have prevented this from happening.


It actually does the opposite, puts more downward force on the coupler.

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You're both right. The WDH is putting upward pressure on the cupling system as a whole, this is what transfers weight off the rear and onto the front. At the same time, it is lifting up on the ball and pulling down on the tongue; these forces balance out at some point.

* This post was edited 09/16/19 06:32pm by troubledwaters *

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Guess that's the added benefit of the Blue Ox Sway Pro WD hitch. Lifting tongue and rear of TV with the tongue jack to hook up the bars. You have to lift it fairly high, so if the ball was gonna pop loose, it would do it while hooking up.

If it happened to me once, I would follow ependydad's comments, and lift tongue up every time to make sure Im connected properly. Takes minimal amount of time, and sure would ease my mind.

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I vote the hitch was sitting on top of the ball or a clasp failure as I've towed over 150 miles accidentally using a 2" ball for my 2 5/16 toy hauler without issue.

Since that day even though nothing happened I always double check the claps is on the underside of the ball and that I'm using the correct ball. I keep no other drop hitches in my truck either.

edit: I do not use WD hitch though so may of made the difference.

* This post was edited 09/18/19 02:18pm by 1320Fastback *


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First time DW towed the trailer, she picked it up from the dealer by herself. She had watched me before, and I had her do it with my oversight, and never had to say anything. Her biggest fear, not getting it latched down. In her words, her itty bitty brain ciphered that if the front jack lifted the vehicle to put on the load bars, it was properly locked down... **** I love this woman.

Side story, after she had it all hooked up, dealership staff came out to inquire if they could help.

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