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Old 04-11-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Roo 19 hitching tips/tricks

I'm a new Roo owner, the handful of times I've hitched up I've had a heck of a time getting the latch to close on the ball, usually having to subscribe to blunt force....is there a trick to this style of trailer hitch?

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Old 04-11-2016, 03:13 PM   #2
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To be specific, the trouble is when I attempt to lock the hitch onto the ball. Disconnect is stiff but not nearly as painful.

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Old 04-11-2016, 03:21 PM   #3
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get in the TV and put it in nuetral to let it roll just slightly forward (unless you're going uphill, then use drive) just until the ball hits the front of the coupler and it should go down very easily.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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Good tip, I'll try that, although I probably need to find the manual too, see if there's an adjustment, or it needs grease (or since its new, just a rough break in period).


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Old 04-11-2016, 04:35 PM   #5
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Most common reason for your issue, is the ball is too far back in the coupler.
As was suggested, let the TV roll forward so the ball is as forward in the coupler as possible.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:40 PM   #6
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No need to grease the ball. If the latch mechanism itself is still stiff , suggest you spray with a lube . I use Slick 50. Better than WD 40 and not as oily. Not much residue.
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Hopefully this diagram helps. You need to have the ball as far forward as possible for the latch to go down.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #8
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I have my coupler angled forward just a little bit, comes on and off nicely, occasionally I'll have to drive forward a bit to get it to come off after backing


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Old 04-12-2016, 12:49 PM   #9
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Hitch

I agree, let the TV roll forward. But I also greased the hitch ball and that improved the smoothness of closing the latch.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:41 PM   #10
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when backing up to latch have your helper stop you just a quarter inch forward from being under the ball coupler... when you let the coupler down, the trailer will move forward to drop on the ball that 1/4 inch and the latch will work easily... make sure you remove your FORWARD facing wheel chocks to let the camper pull forward that 1/4 inch
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