Cannot hitch the trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-25-2014, 03:06 PM   #1
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Hi everyone - our brand new Scamp arrived last night and we've run into issues trying to use the hitch. The trailer is sitting perfectly on the ball mount, but the latch isn't closing. It's basically hitting the bottom of the ball. I even removed the ball mount from the car and manually put it under the trailer to make sure the trailer was sitting on it properly. I even tried to loosen the screw for the latch but the wrench keeps on slipping, so can't loosen it. The big spring inside looks fine as well.

Any pointers are much appreciated.

The ball is a 2-inch ball (confirmed).
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Try lubricating all moving points inside & out. I've had trouble at times trying to get the latch to lock into position, until I sprayed lube on everything.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:45 PM   #3
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Hi, use a socket on the nut, for a wrench it's pretty close quarters. BTW, the nut is probably a nylock. Congrats on the new toy.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:48 PM   #4
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Hi GK, hopefully someone experienced with the Scamp hitch will come along. But, meanwhile, with my Escape, I cannot release the latch unless the ball is slighly forward. I try to back until the ball is nearly under the hitch but slightly forward so that the hitch slides down over the part of the ball closest to the truck. Then, the latch will release. If I place the ball directly under the hitch or too far back, the latch will not release.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:53 PM   #5
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If you can take a picture or two of the latching mechanism, folks might be able to troubleshoot a bit more. It sounds like something isn't releasing or isgetting in the way of closing the latch down all the way. Sorry I can't help more because my UHaul has a different mechanism!
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:55 PM   #6
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I tried the socket on the nut. The nut doesn't budge. Will try lubricant, but because the latch only goes halfway not sure if it will do the trick.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #7
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The ball is a 2-inch ball (confirmed).[/QUOTE]


You don't say what size the trailer is but a dumb question. Is the coupler for a 2" ball. If it's 1 7/8" it may go over the ball but never latch.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:11 PM   #8
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Dave, G.K. stated it was a brand new Scamp..... I believe they come with 2".
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:17 PM   #9
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Since its a new trailer Scamp must have used the coupler to move the trailer in production and the shipper must have used the coupler too so I suspect the ball you are trying to use must be different in some way. To get a socket on the nut under the coupler I have to use a thin wall socket. I guess someone could have adjusted it down to clamp on a 1-7/8" ball but that's not the right way to do it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:24 PM   #10
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I think that I would contact SCAMP ASAP as you may have a damaged coupler. If they can't help you on the phone, they need to authorize a local RV dealer to make an on-site service call.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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It's such a bummer. The plan was to take the scamp and park it at the RV park, as my HOA does not allow recreational vehicles. Called scamp folks also but was not able to get to someone from the production floor. They asked to call at 8-8:15 am, but I am not sure what they can do or advise over the phone.

Any thoughts on finding someone local who can help?
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Dave, G.K. stated it was a brand new Scamp..... I believe they come with 2".
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Yup I saw that but he said the ball not the coupler. I've always seen them, at least the smaller ones using a 1 7/8" coupler. A pic may help us all out.
G K, which Scamp do you have and what ball size is stamped on the coupler?
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:00 PM   #13
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The coupler on my Scamp 19 looks like this Atwood (the first or second picture).
Straight Tongue Couplers - Atwood Mobile
Does it look like it? If yes, then this link might help, it shows the parts kit. You can figure out how it works and go from there:
Coupler Repair Kit for Atwood 2-5/16" Yoke Style Atwood Accessories and Parts 15774
Also, does the mechanism move freely without the ball?
Hope this helps.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:03 PM   #14
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Here is the video from youtube look at 1:09 into the video.
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