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ssthrd

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Posted: 04/15/21 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had this happen several times with my TT when parked on a slight grade. The safety lock gets jammed on the ball, and will not disengage because of the force on the hitch (either forward or backward depending on the direction of the slope).

My solution was to:
--CHALK THE WHEELS
--make sure the tongue lock is engaged
--if the slope is up looking ahead, the force will be on the front of the ball, and you will need to back up maybe 1/4 inch to free it.
--If the slope runs down looking ahead, then you will have to go ahead as above.
--you can feel and most time hear when the force is released.

Always works for me.

This is assuming that your ball and coupling are in good shape, and there is a bit of lube on the ball to start with.


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Posted: 04/15/21 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the TV is no longer attached to the hitch that is stuck, I would suggest the following:

1. Make sure the hitch release is fully disengaged. Drop it down and pull it up again.

2. Spray some WD-40 inside and drop and raise the release again.

3. Hit the hitch downward and slightly back (towards the trailer) with a mallet. Drop and raise the release again.

Repeat as necessary.


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Posted: 04/15/21 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not enough info to say for sure.

Maybe try taking some pictures and post them.

If the torsion bars (or one) is still somehow in place, be very careful as it's like a strung bow. But unless I'm missing something, when the hitch was pulled out of the receiver, that should have released the tension on the torsion bars but again, it's hard to tell what's happening based on the description.


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Posted: 04/15/21 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sounds like you need on the job help? call a mobil rv tech to your site, yep going to cost a little bit .but better learn the problem,and right way to do it. will be much cheaper. call a pro.

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Posted: 04/15/21 02:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

Not enough info to say for sure.

Maybe try taking some pictures and post them.

If the torsion bars (or one) is still somehow in place, be very careful as it's like a strung bow. But unless I'm missing something, when the hitch was pulled out of the receiver, that should have released the tension on the torsion bars but again, it's hard to tell what's happening based on the description.


I'm thinking the same about the torsion bar! It would simply push the shank up, jamming the whole thing! Imagine a 2000lb spring bar pushing up on the hitch with no counterweight!


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Posted: 04/15/21 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You aren't in Texas are you? Same thing happened last week in the park I'm currently in. If this is you I would be happy to help.

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I would say remove the ball from the Truck thenput the hitch and the ball on the bench, upside down. so you can get a good look at the blanged thing.

Odds are a couple tapps with about a 12-16 oz hammer and perhaps a rod to direct the force and it will pop open and release the ball. then you can either put the ball. or more than likely a new ball of the proper size on the truck. (Inspect the bolt threads often they get damaged so you need to use a new ball.)


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wa8yxm wrote:

I would say remove the ball from the Truck thenput the hitch and the ball on the bench, upside down. so you can get a good look at the blanged thing.

Odds are a couple tapps with about a 12-16 oz hammer and perhaps a rod to direct the force and it will pop open and release the ball. then you can either put the ball. or more than likely a new ball of the proper size on the truck. (Inspect the bolt threads often they get damaged so you need to use a new ball.)


The entire hitch has been "removed from the truck". The hitch and ball are stuck in the tongue so they can't go on a bench just yet.

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Posted: 04/15/21 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would have to be a pretty big bench to put that trailer on to. [emoticon]

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Posted: 04/15/21 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Until the words used are clear, I have no idea how to help. A photo is the only way to see the issue. Use the proper words for each component, here is a list:
Receiver
Shank
Hitch Pin
Ball Mount
Ball
Spring Bars
Coupler
Coupler Latch
Brackets





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