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Old 11-23-2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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Finessing hitch onto the ball

I can't tell you how ignorant I feel about this issue. I've hooked up my Mini-Lite 1901 multiple times. A few times, it's gone perfectly. More times, though, I cannot get the hitch lock lever to go into the lock position. I have a backup camera on the truck so getting the hitch under the ball is not a problem. I am doing this alone so I am in and out of the truck trying to make slight adjustments in position. At campgrounds, I've had to enlist help from fellow campers several times.

The men that have helped me manhandle it into place - kicking, pushing, bouncing. That's how my husband used to deal with it. I apparently don't have the strength or the confidence to push it into place. I know I'm using the right size ball for the hitch.

Are there any tools, tricks, pointers that anyone can offer that can help? Is there any maintenance I should be doing like greasing the ball?
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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Most of the time if you just push the trailer towards the rear it will allow the hitch to last.
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:50 PM   #3
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After you drop the trailer onto the ball just pull the truck up a couple inches, should latch no problem.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:42 PM   #4
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After you drop the trailer onto the ball just pull the truck up a couple inches, should latch no problem.

Ditto. Sounds like the hitch ball is a little far back. When this happens I will put the truck in drive and it will move forward a tad before putting on the brake. No need to give it has.
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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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Old 11-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #6
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I addition to making sure the ball is to the front of the coupler, make sure the trailer tongue is down firmly on the ball, not just partially down.
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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.
X2

carry a rubber mallet and beat on it a little

don't put grease on it just makes it messy

maybe a little WD-40 in the lock mechanism and the ball before hitching
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Ditto. Sounds like the hitch ball is a little far back. When this happens I will put the truck in drive and it will move forward a tad before putting on the brake. No need to give it has.
Ditto x 3. I use my trailer often and am either hooking it to my truck or MH. If I can't latch it I just let either vehicle pull ahead an couple of inches. If the ball is off center then I turn my wheel all the way to the left or right. Living with rheumatoid arthritis pretty much means you have to improvise. No different from getting old. lol
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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.
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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.
Me as well.
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