Originally Posted by Cigar Mike
When buying a used trailer be sure to check that the trailer is properly attached to the tow vehicle. I bought a one year old trailer and it never occurred to me that the hitch latch could be so worn it would not stay connected.
What do you think happened? Do you think the hitch ball the original owner used was too small? Cant imagine what would make the socket wear that much after only limited use!!
thanks for the info. I will be extra cautious.
Just to share a similar story that happened to me a couple of years ago, I was towing a boat, and did not realize the ball was not locked in the socket. I towed the boat on the highway for nearly a hundred miles. When I got home, I opened the latch, which was exceptionally hard to do, and the trailer locked into position properly on the ball. I could not believe it did not come off, and was so very very lucky! Now, every time i connect my trailer, I drop the tongue on the ball, latch it in place, and jack the trailer back up using the trailer tongue jack. If it does not start to lift the back of the truck, I know I have an issue! I really thought my boat locked into place properly, and even use a trailer lock to ensure the latch does not pop up for some reason.
Happy camping, and I wish you another 35 years of event-free towing!