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Old 08-26-2016, 09:02 AM   #11
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Greg, we were all rookies, at one time or another. Live and learn. That's what it's all about. Glad you got it unhitched. Are y'all going to Henry Horton for the wkend?
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:22 AM   #12
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Brenda, yep we will be there tomorrow
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:26 AM   #13
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I always carried some tools like Myron in case that boot needed a little help lifting up on the coupler latch.
Bryan's tip on the chocks is critical too. Don't ask me how I know that.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:41 AM   #14
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Chocking wheels is important but even with very good rubber ones I had the trailer slip somewhat sideways after unhooking. Was using some lego-style plastic blocks under the tongue jack which are slippery. After that unless it is on a flat paved surface I always also use the BAL X Chocks too and tighten them good. If the tongue jack needs some extra lift I will only use a single piece of wood or a flat rock. Since we like unimproved campsites best which are often a little cattywampus it gives us piece of mind.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:42 AM   #15
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Once the trailer is chocked, I release the lever and boot before I put any pressure on the jack, which allows them to release without forcing. As others have mentioned, sometimes I have to bounce on the truck to get the ball to release.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:51 AM   #16
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Chocking wheels is important but even with very good rubber ones I had the trailer slip somewhat sideways after unhooking. Was using some lego-style plastic blocks under the tongue jack which are slippery. After that unless it is on a flat paved surface I always also use the BAL X Chocks too and tighten them good. If the tongue jack needs some extra lift I will only use a single piece of wood or a flat rock. Since we like unimproved campsites best which are often a little cattywampus it gives us piece of mind.
Ditto on the X-chocks. We love them.



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Once the trailer is chocked, I release the lever and boot before I put any pressure on the jack, which allows them to release without forcing. As others have mentioned, sometimes I have to bounce on the truck to get the ball to release.
Yes, the latch and boot should be up before you try to unhook. Still have to "bounce" it sometimes.

What REALLY helped me was to give the latch and boot a good shot of PTFE spray every so often. Works like butter.



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What REALLY helped me was to give the latch and boot a good shot of PTFE spray every so often. Works like butter.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:12 AM   #18
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I figured it out, just a rookie error. Not only do you have to lift the lever, but just as importantly, lift that little boot. Thanks everyone
What is the boot you're talking about here?
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:15 AM   #19
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What is the boot you're talking about here?
The front strap of metal that's hinged on the sides of the receiver.

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