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Old 12-07-2018, 03:04 PM   #1
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Hitching on a Sloped Driveway

I have a 2019 Grand Design Reflection 295RL 5th Wheel and a 2019 Ford F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel with 6-3/4 bed. I also have a B&W Companion - BWRVK3300 Hitch.
Today for the first time I tried to park my RV in my driveway and the hitch jaws wouldn’t open and release the king pin. I live a sub division and I have a sloped driveway. My truck pretty much straight with the 5er. I am able to hitch/unhitch on a flat surface. Research prior to purchase from various forums indicated that this would not be a problem, however after my attempt today it appears that it is a problem. Does anyone with a similar situation (sloped driveway) able to hitch/unhitch successfully?
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:09 PM   #2
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I have a sloped driveway and the b & W hitch. Sometimes I have had it get in a bind and I just need to pull the truck forward or backwards a hair and it will release.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:12 PM   #3
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I have a 2019 Grand Design Reflection 295RL 5th Wheel and a 2019 Ford F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel with 6-3/4 bed. I also have a B&W Companion - BWRVK3300 Hitch.
Today for the first time I tried to park my RV in my driveway and the hitch jaws wouldn’t open and release the king pin. I live a sub division and I have a sloped driveway. My truck pretty much straight with the 5er. I am able to hitch/unhitch on a flat surface. Research prior to purchase from various forums indicated that this would not be a problem, however after my attempt today it appears that it is a problem. Does anyone with a similar situation (sloped driveway) able to hitch/unhitch successfully?
My neighbor sits on a pretty sloped drive. I've never seen him have a problem with it. Not sure what hitch he has, but it's a 2007 Montana on a 2004 Chevy 2500HD Duramax.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:33 PM   #4
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Wanted to add the slop is not that bad, the Clinometer app shows the slop is about 4 degree. The driveway length is 38' and the house sits 2' higher that street.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:40 PM   #5
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I have a 2019 Grand Design Reflection 295RL 5th Wheel and a 2019 Ford F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel with 6-3/4 bed. I also have a B&W Companion - BWRVK3300 Hitch.
Today for the first time I tried to park my RV in my driveway and the hitch jaws wouldn’t open and release the king pin. I live a sub division and I have a sloped driveway. My truck pretty much straight with the 5er. I am able to hitch/unhitch on a flat surface. Research prior to purchase from various forums indicated that this would not be a problem, however after my attempt today it appears that it is a problem. Does anyone with a similar situation (sloped driveway) able to hitch/unhitch successfully?
Presumably, your driveway slopes down toward the street, so as you are backing in, you are backing up hill. the kingpin is all the way toward the front (closed side) of the jaws. Try this: back your trailer in where you want it, and block the wheels. Then, let your truck roll slightly forward (down hill) so that your hitch and the kingpin aren't jammed up against one another and in a bind. That should allow the jaws to release a little easier.

Good luck.

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BTW, not that we don't love you, or want to help when any RVer has a problem, but why are you asking a question about your Grand Design on a Forest River forum? Doesn't Grand Design have a forum similar to this one?

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I drove semi for many years and it sounds like you have forward pressure on the pin. Try setting the trailer brakes and gently back up a bit to relieve the pressure. Then put TV in park and try to pull the handle. Hope this helps I know it works on the big ones.
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Presumably, your driveway slopes down toward the street, so as you are backing in, you are backing up hill. the kingpin is all the way toward the front (closed side) of the jaws. Try this: back your trailer in where you want it, and block the wheels. Then, let your truck roll slightly forward (down hill) so that your hitch and the kingpin aren't jammed up against one another and in a bind. That should allow the jaws to release a little easier.

Good luck.

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BTW, not that we don't love you, or want to help when any RVer has a problem, but why are you asking a question about your Grand Design on a Forest River forum? Doesn't Grand Design have a forum similar to this one?

Anyway, hope this helps.

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I have posted this issue on the GD forum as well. I just upgraded from FR to GD and the issue is not a GD specific. This is hitching/unhitching issue. I am sure the problem is the operator. Just trying to see what others are recommending.
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Well, I did it. I was able to release the kin pin from the jaws. You guys were correct as usual. Thank you all.
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I have a 2019 Grand Design Reflection 295RL 5th Wheel and a 2019 Ford F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel with 6-3/4 bed. I also have a B&W Companion - BWRVK3300 Hitch.
Today for the first time I tried to park my RV in my driveway and the hitch jaws wouldn’t open and release the king pin. I live a sub division and I have a sloped driveway. My truck pretty much straight with the 5er. I am able to hitch/unhitch on a flat surface. Research prior to purchase from various forums indicated that this would not be a problem, however after my attempt today it appears that it is a problem. Does anyone with a similar situation (sloped driveway) able to hitch/unhitch successfully?
Block the rear wheels on the try both sides then back up til until u feel resistance on the rig ,lock up the brakes on you tv . That should provide a slack in the pin to pull it it make a couple of times til you find the sweet spot. When hooking up use you brake controller all the way up to stop the try from moving hit it you’ll hear the jaws lock. Good luck
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My driveway slopes downhill from street
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