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Old 08-26-2016, 07:54 AM   #1
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Can't get the trailer unhitched

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?
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:57 AM   #2
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I've had that happen several times with the Scamp. Either moving forward or back a hair would allow the coupler to release. Occasionally letting off the parking brake in the tug was enough.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:10 AM   #3
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I've tried that a few times with no luck. Maybe I'm expecting to see something that I'm not supposed to, but when I pull the release lever and look underneath the coupler, I don't see releasing action of any sort
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"Ditto" what Donna said. Also, parking tow vehicle and camper at an angle to each other hinders unhitching. Try pulling forward getting camper and vehicle in straight line. Once you get it unhooked, try spraying silicone spray on ball and underneath coupler. Makes for much easier unhooking next time. If you can't get it off, let me know.
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You also might try standing on the bumper or stinger and putting your weight on it (jumping type motion). I need to do this on occasion.
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Yep, it's probably bound up due to tension on the receiver. A slight movement of the tow vehicle will usually free it up. Ours was very stiff when it was new. Some PTFE spray helped. But, sometimes I have to stand on the bumper and do a little bounce to free it.

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I verified that it is level side to side, and TV and camper are aligned. Let me try jumping on things and see what happens
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I verified that it is level side to side, and TV and camper are aligned. Let me try jumping on things and see what happens
Just make sure you're chocked up well. Sometimes it releases with quite a thud, but as long as you're chocked, the trailer's not going anywhere.

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Old 08-26-2016, 08:56 AM   #10
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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
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