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Old 05-14-2016, 07:34 AM   #1
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Coupler is very hard to release

I just picked up my Shamrock 23IKSS and it is great except that the coupler is very difficult to release from the ball. I can release the latch fine but the ball won't drop out of the coupler. I'll be working more on it today but wondered if there's a secret to getting the ball to drop ?

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Old 05-14-2016, 07:36 AM   #2
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Pull your tow vehicle forward, then uncouple.
The ball needs to be as far forward in the coupler socket.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:42 AM   #3
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Pull your tow vehicle forward, then uncouple.
The ball needs to be as far forward in the coupler socket.
X 2 but make sure to chock the tt wheels. It does not take much of a movement of tow vehicle to release. Also add a little grease to the ball. Later RJD
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:59 AM   #4
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There may be more to it than just pulling forward. Our 2017 Roo 23WS is the same way. I have not had time to deal with it yet but the hitch is the tightest I have ever seen. I'm wondering if its not a 2 5/16" although being marked as such. I have had 4 rvs, 5 boats, and lost count of utility trailers and have never seen one this tight. When you do get it on the ball it takes a hammer to latch it and it appears there is no claw adjustment nut.


I thought my GMC 2500 was going to come off the ground taking it off when I brought it home. I suspect another cheap and substandard part from Lippert components.
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After you pull up on the lever you also must pull the lever assy Back also to release the paw! Youroo!! There are (2) movements involved!
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Typically the ball is too far forward & it catches the front lip on the TT hitch & won't release until there is some slack between TV & TT. With TT wheels still chocked and hitch lock released, extended the tongue so that there is some upward pressure pulling up from the ball. Then get in the TV and let it coast/move backwards about 1". With windows down you should hear the ball "pop" loose from the tongue.

For a number of years I drove lots of construction-type trailers. NEWER trailers can be a little tight - it's not a design flaw... I used to jump up & down on the bumper to get the ball to release. I don't recommend this unless you KNOW your TT is firmly chocked, you're on level ground, & know how to be safe around heavy equipment. If the TT or TV moves you can get your foot crushed...
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:21 AM   #7
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After you get it uncoupled, look up inside the coupler and loosen the nut about 1/2 turn, if that's not enough go 1/4 turn, etc.
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After you get it uncoupled, look up inside the coupler and loosen the nut about 1/2 turn, if that's not enough go 1/4 turn, etc.

It doesn't have an adjustment for the claw which left me scratching my head. It is also not catching on the lip anywhere. The entire stamping is that tight on the entire ball like its stamped slightly undersize. It may loosen over time but like I said before having had many trailers, something is amiss with these.

My 2017 was built mid April and I am betting its an issue related to the latest batch of frames as this is not the first I have heard of it on new Roos. Another quality componenent from LCI like the deflecting water tank mounting trays. No sense going to those bozos, you may as well talk to the hitch itself as it will be more helpful and knowledgable.
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Also look to see how much cant is on the ball. Mine seemed to be more on my equal i ser hitch than my last hitch and does make it a tad bit harder to release. Later RJD
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It doesn't have an adjustment for the claw which left me scratching my head. It is also not catching on the lip anywhere. The entire stamping is that tight on the entire ball like its stamped slightly undersize. It may loosen over time but like I said before having had many trailers, something is amiss with these.

My 2017 was built mid April and I am betting its an issue related to the latest batch of frames as this is not the first I have heard of it on new Roos. Another quality componenent from LCI like the deflecting water tank mounting trays. No sense going to those bozos, you may as well talk to the hitch itself as it will be more helpful and knowledgable.
Hey now,I have "Talked" to lots of Hitchs over the years and have found them to be Dumber than a Anvil! Youroo!!
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