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Old 07-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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Trouble getting truck hitch to up ??

I have a Pull Rite 5th Wheel hitch, with a 2012 Rockwood Ultra Lite Signature Series (8280ws). This has never happened to me in the past, no matter what I did I just could not get the jaws to engage onto the pin. I seemed like the pin was hitting a hard stop. This hard stop could be moved manually, It seems I'm missing something obvious !!! Any Ideas out there ????
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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Have you checked the latch to make sure it did not close, you may need to pull the release and re-open it before hooking up. Also the keeper for the latch could be broken and not holding it open while hooking up.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:21 PM   #3
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Seen that with a Reese Revolution 15 K also. Being level helps; Also changing the angle of approach slightly may help.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:41 PM   #4
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Wedge

If you're using a Revolution hitch, your wedge is hitting one side of the hitch, stopping you from seating the pin box in the hitch. Adjust your approach angle as dtomstant said.
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Thanks to all who responded !! I have gotten some very good info from all, and will use it wisely. Now that I think back on Sunday morning, it may have been a case of to many cooks spoil the stew !!!! There were a couple of "helpers" that were in a bit more of a hurry than I was !!!!
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Thanks to all who responded !! I have gotten some very good info from all, and will use it wisely. Now that I think back on Sunday morning, it may have been a case of to many cooks spoil the stew !!!! There were a couple of "helpers" that were in a bit more of a hurry than I was !!!!
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When I first got my Pullrite, had a few folks trying to "line me up" to connect...was a failure...Once I got them to leave, I hitched up the first go at it , make sure hitch level is not to high when climbing the saddle plate when backing up and try to be straight on to the hitch as possible.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:28 PM   #7
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Lol, never a good idea to have a "Helper" when lining up, I have a small piece of reflective tape I mounted on the camper and another piece on my tailgate. when I back up and the two pieces come together looking out my back window I know my ball is directly under the receiver hitch.
1" x 1" piece centered directly behind my hitch on camper, and 1"x1" piece centered on the inside of my tailgate inline with my ball hitch.
it works for me,
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:37 PM   #8
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Sometimes helpers can do more harm than good. I had help getting into a tight spot that required a tight turn while backing up and missing other RVs and being told that it was impossible to jack knife the trailer into the trailer. I knew otherwise from previous experience with another helper.
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I have a pull rite and had the same problem replaced 2 springs, latch, and locking piece $50 from pull rite solved problem. To check yours just remove the two pins on top of hitch.
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I learned to line up accurately with the hitch center and position the pinbox about 1 inch below the hitch plate when level so the pinbox slides up on the plate. Then I very slowly back into the pinbox. Works every time. Avoid distraction from others, they cause most errors.
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