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Old 09-01-2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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Difficulty unhitching

I just bought a new '16 Cherokee 274dbh. The inaugural trip went great except for trying to disconnect and reconnect the hitch. I have to literally bounce on the WDH and constantly raise and lower power jack to try to get the ball to lock/unlock. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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Try putting the truck in neutral before unlocking the ball. It will allow the truck to settle and take some of the pressure off.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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I have had the same problem. There are a few threads on this but basically, you've got forward or backward tension on the ball and the latch doesn't want to let go with that pressure.

In general, you need to release that pressure. This could be by putting the TV in neutral and letting it find it's "happy place" or by actually putting the TV in gear and moving ever so slightly forward or backward.

What I'm doing now and has been working pretty well is, after backing into my spot, pull forward a bit so that the last movement pulls the ball forward in the cup. Then, chock the trailer and disconnect your WDH. Then put the TV in neutral to relieve that forward pressure and unlock the latch.

This has worked pretty well so far although just the other day, I was unhitching and I could not get the latch to let go of the ball. My wife just gave a shove on the tailgate of the truck and the latch moved. I had her give another shove while I pulled the latch back and it opened easily.

Good luck!
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I have/had a similar problem with my EVO 2850 and my Equalizer (brand) hitch. The first couple times out I had to jump up and down on the bumper with the truck in neutral to get it to come off. I did have to occasionally go up and down with the jack. I had the most problems when I leveled the trailer and the truck was not level, this happened for hitching and unhitching. The more the difference between the levelness of the trailer and the un-levelness of the truck the more trouble I had hitching and unhitching.


What I did was take a drill with a wire brush on it and I put it up in the coupler and ran it a few rotations to clean anything up in there, then I hit the coupler with some oil/grease and hit it with the wire brush again. Since doing this I have had less and less problems.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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The campsite wasnt the most level. Trailer was level but truck was at an angle. At home there's a small incline the trailer sits on so these replies are all great suggestions.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:06 PM   #6
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Grease that ball good before hitching up. That, and being in Neutral helped me a lot.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:39 PM   #7
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Grease that ball good before hitching up. That, and being in Neutral helped me a lot.
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I second pulling forward a bit. When the last thing done is to back the trailer in, the truck is pressing against the hitch release mechanism. Pulling forward just a bit gives that mechanism enough room to release properly. Same thing for hitching up. We lower the TT down onto the ball, then I scootch forward just a bit, you'll feel it clunk when it makes contact with the front of the socket. Then the lock mechanism has an easy time locking in place.
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Try putting the truck in neutral before unlocking the ball. It will allow the truck to settle and take some of the pressure off.
This method works for me.
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Thanks for the quick answers. Next camping trip is mid September so hopefully with these tips it will be more enjoyable.
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