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Old 02-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Unhooking trailer

Taking the trailer off the head (ball) had a little trouble. Pulling the latch back , do you need to hold it while the trailer raises up? New to this type of tongue . 2012 flagstaff 831 rks
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #2
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I always pull the latch with a little pressure when coming off the ball. Don't know if you have to but it seems to always work.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #3
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On my old TT I could pull up and pull up on the latch and it would stay. The new one is different and is frustrating because it won't always stay back. You probably need to hold it up until it gets to certain point and then you can then release it. There are times you may need to jump on the bumper of the TV to get it to release. They are adjustable, but I'm really scared to mess with it for fear of making it worse.
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this is common for new owners.
first chock the trailer wheels. then you need to pull the TV forward, so the ball gets pulled up against the front of the coupler.
this will clear the coupler rear latch that clamps under the ball.
then you raise the tongue.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #5
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Sometimes I have the same trouble. Not sure if its hitching up or unhitching but sometimes it makes a difference if the truck is in park and the parking brake is on so I have to put it in neutral.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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do you need to hold it while the trailer raises up?

usually one does not need to hold back
one of those small bungie straps
could hold it back for you
I recommend a small amount of lube on those things

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not sure if you have done this as well but putting a little grease on the ball and the inside of the latch mechanism also helps ease seperation.

If you live in a sandy area you will need to clean the grease off and reapply new grease every so often.
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We also had the same issue with our new TT last year. We suspect there was some paint overspray from when our dealer touched up the paint on the tongue. Several times using the TT and some generous amounts of WD-40 and the the issue seemed to resolve itself away.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:24 AM   #9
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I always pull the hitch pin. That way the draw bar can move which allows the hitch to centre itself & just slide up & off.
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I always pull the hitch pin. That way the draw bar can move which allows the hitch to centre itself & just slide up & off.
I greased the ball and the coupler, tool out tonight and it came right off the ball .
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:31 PM   #11
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That's one reason I like my Equal-i-zer hitch. When I raise the front of the camper up to get the weight off the bars, I pull them parallel to the bumper. Then lower the front, push the ball lock back and raise again. If it doesn't release, I put a foot on each bar and rock back and forth and it releases.

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After you pull the safety pin out and then pull the lock back and up just put the pin back in, it will hold the lock open and then there are no issues.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #13
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I have had this happen a few times, a little grease inside the coupler, took care of it. I have learned not to set the parking brake when I am unhooking, it lets the truck move a little. Unhooking isn't bad..it is trying to hook up that takes a little time. I use the tennis balls on the extensions...helps me get close. I have also learned to use the center bolt on my tailgate to help line up.
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Sometimes the ball gets hooked in the front of the coupler, so leaving the tow vehicle's parking brake off and the tranny in park will allow the tow vehicle to roll back just enough to release the coupler. If it still will not release, apply a little upward pressure on the tongue jack (make sure the lever is up) start up the tow vehicle, drop it in reverse and let up on the brakes briefly to allow the tow vehicle to roll slightly back. That gets it free every time. I've never been a big fan of grease on my hitch ball, but I guess I can see how it might help.
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I'm with bikendan, if the ball is pressing back against the latch it is hard if not imposible to separate. A bit of grease on the ball still makes it separate easier. I also oil the linkage.
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Grease on the hitch ball? This is one that will never be answered either. Having been a mechanic for a landscape company, with over 10 trailers, I found out that putting grease n the ball will wear out a coupler, and it will have to be replaced. the ball will eat away at the front edge of the coupler, and will eventually wear through. Now we towed way more than the average camper does, but with heavy loads, the wear is accelerated. Where i come from, if two pieces of metal are going to rub together, they need some lubrication. If they didn't, we wouldn't need oil in our engines.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #17
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I put a thin amount on the ball , Friday night towed about 18 miles . Parked it and followed some of the tips, ball eased right out of the coupler . I have always put a lil grease on all my trailers ball , boat , atv trailer ... I will watch this on the camper to see if there is any failure with the grease ?
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not sure if you have done this as well but putting a little grease on the ball and the inside of the latch mechanism also helps ease seperation.

If you live in a sandy area you will need to clean the grease off and reapply new grease every so often.

That seems to work really well for me too. I keep a can of spray grease in my "hitch bag" and give the ball a fresh coat every time I hitch up. Never had a problem uncoupling after I started that procedure
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((THING was dry as a bone -- no lube))

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Having been a mechanic for a landscape company, with over 10 trailers, I found out that putting grease n the ball will wear out a coupler, and it will have to be replaced.

Where i come from, if two pieces of metal are going to rub together, they need some lubrication.

hi windrider
seems like a conflict of statements there ??
you have probably seen those
large Toro pull behind sweepers
I pulled one of those for many years
I have known of nothing towed
that makes as many turns so many times each day
as one of those sweepers do
it was a must to keep them well greased
or the ball would wear through in time

I agree with your statement
Where i come from, if two pieces of metal are going to rub together, they need some lubrication.

my son hates grease
mainly because I kept his bicycles and motorcycles
greased and oiled to the max when he was young
sold him my old cherry 500 thumper years back
he stripped out the sprocket in no time
((THING was dry as a bone -- no lube))

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Pulled it back home , went to release the ball [ pulled the safety pin on the hitch ] . Blocked the TT, pulled forward and it came out , with a lil' help came right out .

Over all good experience with the FR Flagstaff . The only thing that broke was the large free standing table in the dinette . The bottom leg came out . It was wobbly and turned it over and the bottom on one side feel off.

Other than that , heater work very good , A/C good a lot of airflow from the ceiling vents . Water heater work well , water pumped work .
The grand kids said "they like it lot better than the small camper "[ pop up]
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