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Old 06-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Unhitching problems

My 3065w Windjammer is at the dealer for some warranty work. Black tank sensors were not working. When I dropped the TT off, once again had a LOT of trouble getting it unhitched. They called service techs and with a lot of hassle they were able to get it unhitched. I have had this problem in the past, when I first purchased it and got it home I had to call the dealer to respond to get it unhitched. The ball mount on my tow vehicle angle was adjusted and they said that should take care of the problem. Finally got to take my first trip, towed fine no problems, even unhitched ok, (not great but OK) I figured it would loosen a little after towing a few hundred miles. Well I did get my sensors repaired and they have determined that the ball hitch on the TT needs to be replaced. They said they have never run into this problem before. So that whole unit needs to be cut off and replaced with a new one, seems kinda bizarre to me. I have towed a lot of trailers mostly boat and equipment trailers and have never run had this issue. The hitch is a WD E2 10,000 lb . This is all under warranty , and no cost to me. Anyone had anything like this before ? Chuck in va
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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I never had a problem with my first camper, but do with this one. Same thing, does not want to come off the ball. Last time out an ol' full timer came over and watched me struggle with it. Chatted with me for a bit. Then said, pull the pin outta the hitch and drive the truck off it. When I did that as soon as the hitch left the truck it fell to the ground. He tipped his beer, smiled, and strolled off. When I got home, same problem, used his trick and bang, it fell off. Looks goofy, but it beats fighting with it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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When you cant get it unhitch , have you tried moving your tv just a little bit? Sometimes there is tooo much tension on the ball.
Other then that never had a problem.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #4
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We were having the same problem with our V-Lite, discovered that the X chocks were binding so well it "couldn't find center". Either put the TV in neutral or don't put X-chocks on until AFTER unhitching.

Might not be your problem/solution...just sharing our experience.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:38 PM   #5
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We were having the same problem with our V-Lite, discovered that the X chocks were binding so well it "couldn't find center". Either put the TV in neutral or don't put X-chocks on until AFTER unhitching.

Might not be your problem/solution...just sharing our experience.
We have never had this problem as we do not put X chocks in before trailer is level front to back and side to side. We have had several different dealers say they should be last item in first item off. Therefore trailer should already be unhitched.

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Old 06-04-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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I've had it not want to let go a few times. Usually pulling the truck forward 1/2" releases the tension and I can get the hitch to let go. Sometimes it works just by leaning on the truck and giving a little shove, once I had to actually hop back in the cab and pull it forward.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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Same here, only towed with this TT and TV two times now, both were a bear to get off. Two nights ago I placed a 3' crow bar under lip of ball hitch and barred down on truck and she popped. Plenty of lube on everything too. Never had this problem and have towed every type trailer for forty years. Thought I was losing my touch.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:43 PM   #8
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The ball on your hitchhead may need to be tilted slightly back. The ball is catching in the front side of the tongue. imo
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:11 PM   #9
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Thanks, brother Les, I will give a try and post the results. She's set up now, washing and waxing and getting ready for first of season trip in a cpl weeks.
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Thanks for the responses. I have tried all those methods, the easiest one was removing the hitch pin and pulling the truck forward, then the whole works falls out just like it was not in a bind. I just not satisfied with that method, it should not be that difficult. Apparently the dealer it not satisfied with those fixes either. I am wondering if Forrest River got a bad bunch of hitches from their supplier. The dealer swears they have never run into this problem before and they are determined to fix it, which is good. Well , we will see after the new tongue hitch is installed. I just hope they know how to weld.
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