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Old 08-26-2016, 12:00 PM   #31
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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
The little boot (the yoke) with the two teeth jams on mine all the time so I carry one of those pry bars that look like a bent screwdriver with me. It's about 10 inches long.
I pry up on the front of the curved piece of metal we a calling a boot with this screwdriver type thing. It is just stiffer than my hand.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:04 PM   #32
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I find shifting the tow vehicle much easier than brute strength.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:39 PM   #33
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He means the yoke - as Ross mentioned. He lifted the latch, but didn't pull back to lift the yoke.

EDIT: Oops, beat me Ross.
Thanks, Ross and Robert. Terminology, terminology. I just call the whole kit-and-kaboodle thingy...The Hitch.

Edited: I find it reassuring that others have problems, too. I don't have the strength or the weight to do some of these maneuvers and have occasionally been almost reduced to tears when trying to hitch up in my sloped driveway.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:42 PM   #34
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Same here, KarenH.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:36 PM   #35
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Terminology, terminology. I just call the whole kit-and-kaboodle thingy...The Hitch.
But that thingy on the front of the trailer is the coupler. Calling it "The Hitch" just confuses people who are trying to help, and will likely think you're talking about parts attached to the tug, not the trailer. It's okay that most people don't understand the technical details, but it's worth finding the right term to make constructive communication possible. Pictures help - like Robert provided.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:39 PM   #36
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BFH. Everytime. Everything.
Unless what you're trying to move is not supposed to move, in which case you're just damaging the equipment. In decades of working on my own vehicles and with friends, I've found that the "BFH" (and yes, I have some ) is occasionally needed, but not often.
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Hey Greg&Teresa,
We are only an hour or so away if you guys need help this weekend. We would love to drive down to check out the campground since we have not camped there before and see the new 19'. Let us know; we don't want to intrude.
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I find that spaying the pins by the yoke with silicone is important with hooking up and unhooking.
Keeps them from producing unwanted baby pins too.
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Got my camper home safely last night after delivery but cannot get it unhitched from the TV. The coupler on the trailer hitch refuses to release from the ball. When I raise the coupler latch locking lever, looking underneath I don't see it release the ball like I would expect. Any thoughts while I wait on ETI to open?
I realize that you did not lift the yoke, however, before hitching up, (if you did not) you can use a thin film of lithium grease on the hitch ball, then wipe off when unhitched.

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