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Old 09-21-2017, 09:53 PM   #1
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Latch pin trouble

After picking up our new 19', we hit the road for Wisconsin and then the Mississippi Rally. At a campsite in SD, I had trouble getting the hitch pin to line up and inserted.
I had to unhitch so I could raise the trailer front to get it level. However, I left the car and ball in place so when I wanted to leave the next morning I could just lower, latch and go. But, when I lowered the hitch to the ball the lever and collar went down as expected, but the pin did not line up. I tried moving the car forward and reverse to get it working but had major trouble. I finally hit it with a hammer and seemed to get enough alignment to insert the pin.
This seemed wrong to me. As the latch seemed to go down as it should I was wondering why the pin did not align.
Any word of wisdom or suggestions for solving this?
Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:58 PM   #2
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If the latch and yoke are all the way down, you should be able to easily remove or insert the latch pin. If you pull the pin, you should be able to sight through the hole to the other side. Perhaps there is something inside obstructing it or it's defective in some other way. But you're right, it's not normal, and the pin shouldn't be hammered in.
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:24 PM   #3
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Had to replace our coupler at 20 months as yoke was opening with pin in place. You have a RAM coupler which is an Atwood knockoff made in China. I had to replace mine with the genuine item; no further problems for last 17 months.
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:46 PM   #4
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If the latch and yoke are all the way down,.
That might not be the situation. I find, when hooking up, that it's much better to have the ball very slightly too far forward. As you lower the front of the coupler slides down the front of the ball staying as far away from the yoke as possible. In your case, things could have changed position a tiny amount and the ball could have been in contact with the yoke causing it not to completely latch. Theoretically you can crank it up and then lower it and it'll be exactly in the same position but that might not have been the situation in your case.

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Old 09-21-2017, 10:59 PM   #5
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I find, when hooking up, that it's much better to have the ball very slightly too far forward. As you lower the front of the coupler slides down the front of the ball staying as far away from the yoke as possible.
Yep, I do the same thing, and for the same reason. It just slides into place that way.

You raise a good point, which is why I mentioned "if" it's all the way down.
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This is a coupler latch pin.
Practically every time I hitch up, I have to pull forward slightly to get the latch all the way in place. I can never seem to get into the exact position where I want to be as my car does not ever move a tad when I need it to. So you were doing the right thing to try to get hooked up completely by moving forward.

So just try moving the tug a tad bit forward when you can't get the pin in. The latch should then go all the way into place, hopefully. Make sure it is pulled back far enough in the first place before trying to get the ball in place.

Can't be sure that this will work for you but you can give it a try.

We dispensed with that pin provided and we have a locking latch pin. I don't like any of the locking pins but they suffice.

I and many use hitch pin to refer to the pin that holds the ball mount in place.


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After picking up our new 19', we hit the road for Wisconsin and then the Mississippi Rally. At a campsite in SD, I had trouble getting the hitch pin to line up and inserted.
I had to unhitch so I could raise the trailer front to get it level. However, I left the car and ball in place so when I wanted to leave the next morning I could just lower, latch and go. But, when I lowered the hitch to the ball the lever and collar went down as expected, but the pin did not line up. I tried moving the car forward and reverse to get it working but had major trouble. I finally hit it with a hammer and seemed to get enough alignment to insert the pin.
This seemed wrong to me. As the latch seemed to go down as it should I was wondering why the pin did not align.
Any word of wisdom or suggestions for solving this?
Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:50 AM   #7
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Mine also got to the point that I couldn't get the pin through after securing ball. Took over to a local trailer place and they slightly enlarged the hole with a drill. Problem solved.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:25 AM   #8
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I was terribly confused until I got a few posts into this thread. I could not understand how the Hitch Pin, which holds the ball mount in the receiver, could have the effect described.

Once I realized it was the Latch Pin, it all made sense.

Maybe a mod could change the title for those searching, and then delete this picky redundant post of mine.
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Once I realized it was the Latch Pin, it all made sense.
You coulda just read post #2.
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You coulda just read post #2.
You expect me to understand your convoluted drivel?

You must be related to my wife, what with telling me I don't pay good enough attention.
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