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Old 04-05-2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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Unhitching 19

We unhitched for the first time today. I unhooked the lights, chains and chocked the wheels. I removed the leveling bars. For the life of me I couldn't get the hitch to separate from the van. I lowered the tongue, raised it, Jo the van forward and back... nothing. Finally after about 30 frustrating minutes, it came apart.

Any suggestions on how to make this less frustrating?
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:43 PM   #2
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Oh, we feel your pain. We seemed to be plagued by the "don't unhitch me" bug every time we tried to unhitch. Talked to other Escape owners at rallies and discovered it's not an uncommon phenomenon. What we have found is that you have to raise the hitch a bit (not too high), then 'rock' the ball out of the hitch with the truck (forward/back/forward/etc.). It's frustrating and time consuming, but it's the only thing we've found that works. Some people have mentioned that they grease the ball a bit but that doesn't give me 'warm fuzzies' so we just rock the baby out of it's cradle.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:45 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:49 PM   #4
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Oh, we feel your pain. We seemed to be plagued by the "don't unhitch me" bug every time we tried to unhitch. Talked to other Escape owners at rallies and discovered it's not an uncommon phenomenon. What we have found is that you have to raise the hitch a bit (not too high), then 'rock' the ball out of the hitch with the truck (forward/back/forward/etc.). It's frustrating and time consuming, but it's the only thing we've found that works. Some people have mentioned that they grease the ball a bit but that doesn't give me 'warm fuzzies' so we just rock the baby out of it's cradle.
So, let me test my understanding. You raise the tongue slightly with the jack. One of you holds the hitch release up while the other rocks the truck. Correct? I'm assuming you've chocked the wheels and disconnected everything at this point.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:53 PM   #5
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Oh, we feel your pain. We seemed to be plagued by the "don't unhitch me" bug every time we tried to unhitch. Talked to other Escape owners at rallies and discovered it's not an uncommon phenomenon. What we have found is that you have to raise the hitch a bit (not too high), then 'rock' the ball out of the hitch with the truck (forward/back/forward/etc.). It's frustrating and time consuming, but it's the only thing we've found that works. Some people have mentioned that they grease the ball a bit but that doesn't give me 'warm fuzzies' so we just rock the baby out of it's cradle.
Grease, up inside the coupler, on the ball and on your knee when you run into the uncovered ball. Regular chassis grease, or wheel bearing grease, but grease. It’s a lot faster than rocking the tow vehicle. It will give you more time to feel fuzzy and you’ll sleep like a baby.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:54 PM   #6
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No one is holding the hitch release up. We just rock (maneuver) the truck forward a bit, try the release, move the truck back, try the release, etc. Surprisingly, we've found it just takes a minuscule amount of movement. I've found that the more forward the ball looks, the easier it is to release ... if that helps.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:56 PM   #7
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Great thread to read Rubicon!
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:02 PM   #8
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I used to have this problem with my Scamp. Once I KNEW everything should release, and wouldn't, jacked up the trailer a couple of inches, stepped up on the bumper of the truck and 'stomped' hard on the draw bar. That made it release. Get a bigger hammer...
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:31 PM   #9
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Grease, up inside the coupler, on the ball and on your knee when you run into the uncovered ball. Regular chassis grease, or wheel bearing grease, but grease. It’s a lot faster than rocking the tow vehicle. It will give you more time to feel fuzzy and you’ll sleep like a baby.
But totally agree.

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Old 04-05-2018, 09:40 PM   #10
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One of you holds the hitch release up while the other rocks the truck. Correct?
You shouldn't need to hold the latch up. Even if the coupler (that's the part on the trailer) won't come off the ball easily (which is addressed in the other thread which was linked above, and the thread linked to that one), the latch should flip open and stay there without being held.

The latch runs a jaw which slides under back part of the ball. Once the latch is open (so the jaw has slid back) if anything is stopping the trailer's coupler from coming up off of the ball, it's catching at the front of the coupler.
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