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Old 07-11-2019, 12:01 PM   #91
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No disrespect intended but have the off-ball events been the result of equipment failure or operator error?
AND that is the crux isn't it!!!! I think that is also one of the hardest things for us to figure out sometimes. When our hitch went up and almost off last week, though we have a practice of trying to seat the ball more forward than backward, always raising it up to see if it is seated and we also look underneath! But I forgot to mention we hit a bad rut and bounced the trailer and soon after heard an odd noise and stopped to discover this. We actually expect it was mild operator error as we have noticed it seats better sometimes. It isn't perfect. YIKES. I have copied much of the most solid advice from above but always walk away feeling a bit green, even after 15 years of trailering!! We may ultimately get one of the better couplers if we hear from Escape owners who did that.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:49 PM   #92
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Found another coupler that has good reviews...
I think the QuickBite design is interesting: the tow vehicle is backed into the open jaws of the coupler, which snap closed around the ball. Coupling is clearly visible and secure. The problem would be getting one... Lippert bought the product line several years ago, but it no longer appears on their website. I think this product is dead.

Update: I don't know if it is actually for sale other than direct order from Lippert, but I did just find it on the Lippert website (under towing - couplers):
QuickBite™ Coupler Model 7007 XT; 1 7/8" - 2" Ball; 50 Degree (10,000 lbs);
SKU 2127192

It may have just been missing when I looked for it previously, in the shuffle of website contents.
Update 2: the "couplers" category under Towing only appears in a mobile browser: the regular website doesn't have that category at all, but the couplers are in "Towing Parts & Accessories". Hmmm....

The original manufacturer had a whole range, with A-frame and straight configurations and material choices; Lippert only lists one size, one material, one configuration... but that is a 2" A-frame mount so it would be suitable for an Escape, and it has stainless steel components and a 10,000 pound (Class 4) capacity rating.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:30 PM   #93
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I think the QuickBite design is interesting: the tow vehicle is backed into the open jaws of the coupler, which snap closed around the ball. Coupling is clearly visible and secure. The problem would be getting one... Lippert bought the product line several years ago, but it no longer appears on their website. I think this product is dead.

Update: I don't know if it is actually for sale, but I did just find it on the Lippert website (under towing equipment - couplers):
https://store.lci1.com/quickbite-cou...s-2127192.html
It may have just been missing when I looked for it previously, in the shuffle of website contents.

I found another - is Lippert is buying up everything RV?

https://frsport.com/quickbite-couple...xoC3ToQAvD_BwE
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I found another - is Lippert is buying up everything RV?

https://frsport.com/quickbite-couple...xoC3ToQAvD_BwE
many vendors list that SKU as back ordered, or out of stock.
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You may want to keep that foot plate, in the event the trailer becomes dislodged, that plate will slide vs your tongue jack will just dig into the road, causing an abrupt stop.
Dislodged...a wonderful word, perhaps the best, describing the whole backstory of this thread! As usual, great advice to think about.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:22 PM   #96
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many vendors list that SKU as back ordered, or out of stock.
I suspect that some suppliers are not Lippert distributors or dealers, so they no longer have access to product. Lippert concentrates on sales to OEMs (RV manufacturers), rather than retail outlets, but since they have an online store that might be okay... as long as you don't need to see one in person before buying.
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You may want to keep that foot plate, in the event the trailer becomes dislodged, that plate will slide vs your tongue jack will just dig into the road, causing an abrupt stop.
indeed, the footplate on my jack saved *my* trailer and jack when I had a ball-off-the-bar incident coming back from Utah a month ago... the bottom of the foot plate is pretty scuffed up but still fully functional. and, the sticker said to always remove it for travel, hah hah. NOT.
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the footplate on my jack saved *my* trailer and jack when I had a ball-off-the-bar incident coming back from Utah a month ago... the bottom of the foot plate is pretty scuffed up but still fully functional. and, the sticker said to always remove it for travel

It really says that? (Too dark to look now.) No one said anything about that when we picked up the trailer at ETI.
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fyi, this was my 'incident' report.... tow ball/nut failure ...


wasn't much fun when it happened, near panic etc, but damn it worked out just fine .

I'll have to look where I saw the 'remove for travel' sticker, its probably worn off, or maybe I'm imagining things.
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Maybe it said "remove sticker before use" instead?
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