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Old 07-19-2018, 11:58 AM   #1
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Wdh trick

Yesterday I saw an experienced camper unhitch his trailer by pulling the pin to disconnect the hitch from the receiver. Then he drove his truck forward, leaving the sway bars, etc all still hooked up and the hitch ball still in the coupler. He first raised the tongue using the electric tongue jack until tongue weight was neutral and the hitch pin was free to pull out. Took less than 30 seconds.

I asked about hitching up and he said it isn't any more difficult to back the receiver onto the hitch than the usual task of backing to align the ball under the coupler. And he doesn't have to mess around with the tension arms.

Maybe an old trick, but the first time I saw it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:05 PM   #2
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Maybe an old trick, but the first time I saw it.
First time I've heard of it also. Sounds interesting and I'll try it. Could be really handy.

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Old 07-19-2018, 12:13 PM   #3
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Given the trouble I have manually lining up the holes in the receiver and the WDH so I can insert the pin, I can't imagine this working for me.
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Given the trouble I have manually lining up the holes in the receiver and the WDH so I can insert the pin, I can't imagine this working for me.

I bet he has a dot or mark on the trailer frame or hitch that he lines up to with his backup camera.
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If I'm 1/8th of an inch out, I can't insert the pin. Not sure how one can be that accurate from the driver seat, even with a camera.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:32 PM   #6
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Yes, stick around when he leaves and time him to verify the 30 seconds.....to hitch up and leave.
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I’ve done it. It works. You still have to disconnect the safety chains, breakaway brake cable and electrical apparatus. I would just as soon take the coupler off the ball using the power tongue jack to get to the neutral positiion, unlock and flip the coupler and raise a little more to drive away. Once you get in practice and a process becomes intuitive, nothing takes all that long. This includes, putting stabilizers down, hooking up to utilities, deploying the manual awning, etc. Go camping more, you’ll get better and better.
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Yes, stick around when he leaves and time him to verify the 30 seconds.....to hitch up and leave.
I wouldn't do it for that reason, I can disconnect pretty quickly. If it works easily I'd do it so that the massive hitch and greasy ball stayed with the trailer and not on the back of the tug if I run into town.

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Old 07-19-2018, 03:07 PM   #9
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I've done it in the past with mixed results, sometimes there's too much torque on the receiver and it wants to pull the whole trailer. I never really found hookup the normal way any problem so I gave up on this shortcut.
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I agree with Glenn. I've tried both ways, and it's easier to stick the coupler on the ball (you just have to be close) than line the 5/8" holes up enough to get a pin with a 1/32" shoulder in. I guess you could get a bigger hammer!
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