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Old 11-24-2015, 01:08 PM   #11
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I like to keep the front edge of the ball just a little forward of the coupler so that the trailer rolls forward a bit as you lower it. Same results as inching forward described above. That helps to assure that the ball does not trap the coupler lever.


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I position the ball 3/4 under the hitch. As it lowers the hitch will slide over the ball the rest of the way. If the ball is too far back it will get hung on the lock mechanism and not let the hitch all the way down.

This is how I was taught and the only way my pop-up would hitch up properly.

I never thought of inching forward. That's a good idea and makes sense.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:37 PM   #12
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I've had the same problem on hay and cattle trailers through the years (tow a 5th wheel for RVing). I keep a 18" crowbar to pry the base of the hitch (tongue side) back against the ball, and this relieves the binding between the ball and latching mechanism. This can latch with minor effort. Pushing back on the trailer, or pulling forward with the tow vehicle will do the same thing, but takes more effort than the crowbar.
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:03 PM   #13
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I encounter this issue frequently as well. The best way I found to address it is to take a step back and see if the ball is too far forward or back and move the TV about an inch in the direction to move it to center. Generally a quick off and on the break will do the trick and you will hear it drop in place.
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:08 PM   #14
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Be certain the lock mechanism works freely before you try to hitch up. I like to use a spray grease. It doesn't get everywhere. Lube it and work it a few times. Always pull forward slightly to seat ball. JMHO
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:41 PM   #15
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My TT has a 980 pound tongue weight and it has a non-adjustable lock that is really tight. Since my TT wheels are chocked until after I hookup I use my power tongue jack and lower hitch until it pops on to the ball. My problem is unhooking it. I can open the latch and almost raise the truck off the ground and it will not come off. Normally I will have to raise it up and then put the truck in neutral to pop it off. And yes it has plenty of grease. I think the manufacturing tolerances are getting a little to tight.
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Old 11-24-2015, 03:08 PM   #16
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I like to keep the front edge of the ball just a little forward of the coupler so that the trailer rolls forward a bit as you lower it. Same results as inching forward described above. That helps to assure that the ball does not trap the coupler lever.
This is exactly how I do it.

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Old 11-24-2015, 03:31 PM   #17
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I have never been able to *english* this ball/hitch setup successfully by pushing/pulling on things.

I have put yellow tape over the top of my hitch to mark the center of the ball socket. This helps somewhat with locating things in the rear view camera in the truck since everything is black.

Lock up in released position.
I aim for ball centered under the socket.
Trailer chocked to not roll.
Drop the tongue on the trailer putting about half weight on truck. Note that the ball is up into the socket at least partially at this point. The sides of the socket are NOT resting on top of the ball!
Put truck in neutral with brakes off and it usually self-adjusts to sit down with ball fully in socket.
Latch and lock.

Since I have a weight distributing hitch, then it is lift until the back wheels of the truck get light and hook up the lift bars. This is also the best (only?) angle for me to hook up the safety chains. It has the nice side effect of double checking that the ball is locked in place.

Then I drop it all the way and lift the power jack fully up.

Back the TV just a bit to release trailer chocks, remove the chocks and motor.
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Old 11-24-2015, 04:44 PM   #18
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Sometimes if I just sit on the bumper it will latch on.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:39 PM   #19
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Thank you all for your insights and suggestions. I have gotten in and out of the truck so many times trying to inch it forward or back and it just doesn't help. Based on what y'all are saying it sounds like I may be starting out too far back and then it gets bound up and my inching up and back doesn't help. I will try next time with the ball a little more forward as many of you suggested and see if that helps. thanks again.
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I like to keep the front edge of the ball just a little forward of the coupler so that the trailer rolls forward a bit as you lower it. Same results as inching forward described above. That helps to assure that the ball does not trap the coupler lever.
That's a very good way! Let the trailer do the work. Even when it is chocked it will lurch forward onto the ball.
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