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    Can't get hitch off the ball!

    I moved my m27 from the front yard to the side yard. Noticed I had to level the trailer
    with one of those plastic blocks.
    When I went to unhitch the trailer and I could not get the hitch off the ball. I have tried the following.

    1.) Pulled up and back on the lock lever, lowered and raised the hitch by using the hand crank many times.
    2.) Jumped up and down on the bumper of my Titan
    3.) Pulled forward and reverse about 1/2 inch a few times.
    4.) Applied wd40 to ball and lever.
    5.) tapped hitch with hammer.
    My sense is that I may have to hand crank the hitch so most of the weight is on the ground and release
    my hitch pin and slowly pull forward.

    Any other comments or suggestions much appreciated!

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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Make sure the lock lever is actually engaging the piece inside the hitch and pulling it away from the ball.


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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Do you have a good solid base under your front tongue jack? Are you able to raise it high enough? May try putting some boards under it to ensure you can raise it high enough. Just a thought.


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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    If it's a surge break chalk the tire and roll forward to disengage it. On my boat trailer it had to be done straight.

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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    We had one that was a killer to disconnect, but these steps made it easy:

    1. Chock the trailer wheels
    2. Watch the ball mount where it goes into the receiver. When the trailer is bearing down on it there will be a slight gap between the top of the ball mount and the receiver. As you crank the tongue up, that gap will disappear as the tongue begins to lift the truck. Lower the jack until all the weight is on the ball and the gap is as wide as it gets. Crank it up until the gap just starts to close and that is your neutral spot where it will open easiest.
    3. If it still won’t unhook, have someone very, very gently back the truck up just a bit so the ball is pressing against the back of the socket (your wheels have to be chocked in both directions) and then let the truck roll forward and as you pull on the release lever it will pop up for you.

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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Find your neutral position as mentioned above then raise the tounge a bit. Then use this




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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Dumb question but do you have the rear stabilizers lowered ?
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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    After chocking the trailer wheels get in tow vehicle with brakes off, put into neutral then lock parking brake. This will relieve any pressure on the ball.
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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Hi,
    tried to put TV in neutral to relieve tension, but did not work. Reversed the TV ever so slightly, but was not
    able to move the ball to the rear of the hitch. Hitch lever is fully retracted. I made sure the trailer was chocked in
    both directions. All that is happening, is my truck bumper is raising several inches. I was able to jump up and down on the bumper, could hear the ball making contact with the hitch.
    I have about 4 hours trying to get this undone. My sense is the only way is to pull the pin from the 2 inch bar in the
    TV and pull forward. I just don't want to do any damage to the TV or the trailer. So would I crank up the jack just until
    it has contact with the ground/wooden block and try this? Or crack up a bit further?
    Yes all supports are fully retracted.

    thanks for your suggestions.

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    Re: Can't get hitch off the ball!

    Is it a receiver hitch? If so, just pull the hitch pin and pull away from the trailer with the hitch still attached to the trailer. If not, take the big nut of the ball and lift the ball off the bumper. Maybe something broke inside the hitch causing it not to release.


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