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Old 08-19-2015, 12:16 PM   #61
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Jim, are you saying you remove the ball from the brake material each time? Or am I not understanding what you're saying?
No, i don't, but just wanted to check wear on it, and found it stuck in their quite good. Not real hard to knock out, just that I could not pull it out by hand.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:29 PM   #62
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No, i don't, but just wanted to check wear on it, and found it stuck in their quite good. Not real hard to knock out, just that I could not pull it out by hand.
Whew, ya had me scared there for a moment.

Like BCnomad I too at times find the ball and coupler a little sticky so with the trailer wheels blocked and raised just enough to take the weight off the ball I rock the TV back and forth a scosh to free it.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:53 PM   #63
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Definitely DO NOT unlatch it before raising it. Last thing you want is for it to come unhooked from the ball.
Thanks, Robert. But after reading subsequent posts, I've got a new question: when you raise the trailer with the hitch still latched to the ball, do you remove the ball from its mounting? I've never had mine out so that never occurred to me.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:26 PM   #64
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Just leave everything hooked up on the ball with the coupler closed and locked. Then jack the trailer up with the TV connected until the chains are visibly loose.
Remove the lower plate and then jack the trailer back down. Disconnect (open) your coupler latch and jack the trailer back up again to remove it from the ball.

Reverse the process to connect.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:44 PM   #65
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Darn right I'm glad they try!! I was just making the point that sometimes a "better mouse trap" is sometimes just "another mouse trap".
Or another mouse trap with more potential problems than the older mouse trap.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:05 PM   #66
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Thanks, Robert. But after reading subsequent posts, I've got a new question: when you raise the trailer with the hitch still latched to the ball, do you remove the ball from its mounting? I've never had mine out so that never occurred to me.
No. It would take alot of force (more than you get from jacking it up) to pull the ball from the socket, and the ball isn't being pulled straight up anyway. You're only jacking it high enough to produce slack on the chains. Give it a shot. You'll find it's easy.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:18 PM   #67
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Just leave everything hooked up on the ball with the coupler closed and locked. Then jack the trailer up with the TV connected until the chains are visibly loose.
Remove the lower plate and then jack the trailer back down. Disconnect (open) your coupler latch and jack the trailer back up again to remove it from the ball.

Reverse the process to connect.
Thanks, Tom; appreciate it. (I used to have a boss that would drill into me, "English is a very precise language." I appreciate your command of your native tongue Makes me REAL GLAD I got that electric jack!
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #68
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Thanks, Tom; appreciate it. (I used to have a boss that would drill into me, "English is a very precise language." I appreciate your command of your native tongue Makes me REAL GLAD I got that electric jack!

In the south, the less words you use the better you are understood. Hope I did not sound short.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:47 PM   #70
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i have the conventional hitch with the bars and chain i don't do all that up down stuff to secure the chains just use the pipe to flip it up to tighten the chains the leverage seems to make it easy enough. My issue is that it's heavy -to stick in mt car receiver. Are the new ones lighter smaller easier to set up?
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