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Old 10-17-2014, 10:18 AM   #31
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My driveway is on an incline and many times I have almost been reduced to tears trying to hitch the trailer and not being able to lower the coupler latch (or whatever it's called)...and, yes, the ball is firmly and correctly seated. (I don't have the strength or the weight to "wiggle" anything around much less the trailer.) As such, I now usually bring the trailer in from storage and take it back to storage without unhitching from my tow. I do use the jack to take some weight off the tow while in the driveway. This can be a pain in the neck while loading the truck so I get most things loaded before pickup.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:09 AM   #32
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My driveway is on an incline and many times I have almost been reduced to tears trying to hitch the trailer and not being able to lower the coupler latch (or whatever it's called)...and, yes, the ball is firmly and correctly seated. (I don't have the strength or the weight to "wiggle" anything around much less the trailer.) As such, I now usually bring the trailer in from storage and take it back to storage without unhitching from my tow. I do use the jack to take some weight off the tow while in the driveway. This can be a pain in the neck while loading the truck so I get most things loaded before pickup.
One thing that you could try is after you have lowered the coupler onto the hitch ball and are having problems engaging the latch, with the wheel chocks in place on the trailer, put the tow vehicle in drive and move forward a small amount until the hitch coupler pulls tight against the front of the hitch ball. The coupler latch should then fall down into the locking position. Once the hitch is latched, then back up a small amount so that you can remove your wheel chocks from the trailer.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:30 AM   #33
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Dave's suggestion should work fine...

An alternative, if you've got somebody helping you, is to use the trailer brakes instead of wheel chocks. Use your brake controller to manually engage the trailer brakes on full, and let your tow vehicle pull forward against the trailer brakes. Have your helper engage the latch while you hold the trailer brakes on. No strength needed.

Once I figured out that the ball has to be forward in the hitch before the latch can be engaged or released, most of my hitching problems went away. As others have commented, the hitch some times holds onto the ball even with the latch released and so starts to lift the tow vehicle as the trailer tongue is raised. The solution for me is to bounce on the bumper once or twice.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:04 PM   #34
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I think part of the problem is I have been backing onto the Anderson levelors setting the brake, putting the wedges in and trying to unhitch. I think this jams the ball into the coupler latch making it hard to unhook. Last night I pulled onto them and it seemed to work better. If backing onto Anderson's I am going to insert wedges and then nudge forward to take pressure off the ball.
Good think there, definitely worth an experiment or two..........
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