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Old 10-15-2014, 03:45 AM   #11
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Yup I was struggling with that too. very different hitch then I'm used to. Seems like i need to be exactly in the right place for it to drop or release. I too moved a little to get it to drop in. Nice to know it's not just me!
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:51 AM   #12
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I don't know what kind of hitch is being used by Escape but when I had my Scamp 19, it was an Atwood. While it sometimes struggled to disengage and sometimes came off with less of a struggle (never smoothly), I could never get it to lock when hooking up without moving the TV forward or backward a bit to seat the ball within the coupler. I would be surprised if it is a Bulldog coupler as my experience with them is that the couple and uncouple easily. But as I say, the Scamp 19 was always a pain to couple and uncouple.
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:58 AM   #13
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On our 17 it was often a struggle, mostly hitching up more than unhooking. I was told when hooking up it has to slide on rather than be centred over the ball - so I usually tried to put the front edge of the hitch near the centre of the ball, then when I lowered it, it slid on and that usually worked.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:47 AM   #14
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The new paint does not allow the same friction as a worn, older, bare metal, used latch. I carry a claw hammer and pull up on the latch, it is getting better with use.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:03 AM   #15
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Are we talking about two different issues. One being the ball does not drop in or release and the other being the coupler latch does not release or lock down freely. I have had the latter problem. I pry it up with a large screw driver and lock it down by pounding it with a rubber mallet. It does seem to be getting easier.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:30 AM   #16
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Making certain the workings on the hitch are well lubricated with white grease, and using a ball lubricant, helps a lot in the ball releasing from the hitch, as well as lessens wear on the components.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:30 AM   #17
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Are we talking about two different issues. One being the ball does not drop in or release and the other being the coupler latch does not release or lock down freely. I have had the latter problem. I pry it up with a large screw driver and lock it down by pounding it with a rubber mallet. It does seem to be getting easier.
My latch was a little sticky at the beginning but is OK now. More of an issue is after ever thing else is unhooked and the trailer is sitting on the ball. The latch is pulled back. When I start to crank up the jack it continues to raise the the trailer. I have to put the truck in gear and jockey it a little forward or a little back. I am not sure which way to jockey so I may do it twice. Then I crank it up and maybe jump on the stinger and it will drop free. Meanwhile my wife is having heart failure as I am moving the trailer with only the Lego blocks holding the front up. As well as feeling like I don't know what the heck I am doing.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:33 AM   #18
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On our 17 it was often a struggle, mostly hitching up more than unhooking. I was told when hooking up it has to slide on rather than be centred over the ball - so I usually tried to put the front edge of the hitch near the centre of the ball, then when I lowered it, it slid on and that usually worked.
I have always used this approach with all trailers, though have the ball only slightly ahead of its final resting point. This allows the latching mechanism to operate freely when closing on the ball.

You should never, ever have to force the latch on the hitch to close or open. If you always have to, you need to adjust the latch a bit, as it is too tight for the ball.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:34 AM   #19
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This coupler looks quite similar to mine. If the coupler is properly setup, I don't see any reason to pound on it with a hammer. If the latch does not go down or does not open up, there is a reason for it. Usually failure to open/shut the latch simply means the hitch ball is not as far forward in the coupler as it should be. Move your vehicle forward and that should allow the hitch ball to move to the front of the coupler. If hitching up, the should then drop into place in the coupler and the latch should work freely. If unhitching, the latch should be easy to move up and open by hand. No pounding necessary.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:39 AM   #20
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The style of ball coupler that Escape trailer uses is a PITA compared to the couplers on the other trailers that I use.
"If the coupler is properly setup"
Are you aware of a adjustment/setup procedure ? I cannot find a means of adjustment.
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