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Old 11-27-2019, 02:48 PM   #61
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:54 PM   #62
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Have to quibble Floyd. I believe first picture is a hitch receiver.
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Old 11-27-2019, 03:00 PM   #63
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Thanks Floyd
Also the draw bar is sometimes called a stinger.

Larry: I had not heard of drilling a hole in the top of the receiver so you can see whether the ball is properly seated. Nice idea.

Glenn: Then what is the hitch?

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Old 11-27-2019, 04:15 PM   #64
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The guy gave you wrong advice. Really two reasons that it would come unhitched.

First and most likely you didn't hitch it right. Probably on top the ball as Floyd said.

Also have seen this when you hook up to the wrong ball. All the trailers I know of use a 2 inch ball and so you need a 2 inch ball. Something smaller can be a problem.

OK you can also have broken parts or misadjustment. But those are pretty rare. Greasing has nothing to do with this.
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Old 11-27-2019, 04:33 PM   #65
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Then what is the hitch?
ďHitchĒ is generic for the whole setup. A hitch has many parts, including receiver, ball mount, ball, coupler...
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Old 11-27-2019, 05:56 PM   #66
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She probably might not care about greasing your balls...but you jacking, like suggested by several here, might make her concerned....
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Old 11-27-2019, 06:52 PM   #67
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One other thing I haven't seen mentioned: I had a false hitch once and drove five hours before hitting a bumpy road and the coupler bounced off of the ball. The thing I learned is to pay attention if something sounds different. For the entire drive the hitch seemed to be making more noise than usual; I think that the coupler was bouncing up off of the ball, but not enough to become uncoupled, and making a banging noise whenever it happened. I should have stopped to check when I heard the weird noise. Now I always stop if I hear something that doesn't sound right.

Funny story, it was night when the trailer came off and the coupler plowed down the road (yes, I know, the crossed chains were too loose) and sparks were flying everywhere. There were cows in the field next to the road and they stampeded, adding to the drama.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:32 PM   #68
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“Hitch” is generic for the whole setup. A hitch has many parts, including receiver, ball mount, ball, coupler...
So, Larry says he drilled a hole on top of the "hitch",
Fred read it to mean that he drilled a hole in the "hitch ball".


The Walt reads it as drilling a hole in the top of the "receiver".


The way I read it, Larry actually drilled a hole in the top of the "coupler".


If I simply told you that I had drilled a hole in the top of the hitch,

Where's the hole? when the cheese is gone? (as Glenn says)


Now I recognize that various names are used, but you can actually buy each of the items pictured, using the names given.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:12 PM   #69
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Going back to the original question, I had this happen even after I had made sure the ball was locked by raising the TV. The situation was pretty extreme. I’d been having trouble with the trailer brakes locking up for a few hours. Then, wIth a slight tap on the brakes, the brake controller locked up the camper brakes just as we went over a speed bump. The camper came off the ball. My RV repair guy finally concluded that when the locking pin is smaller than the opening, and there is sufficient force, there may be enough play to allow the hitch to release. The pin I was using was probably 2/3 the diameter of the hole. Not any more.
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[QUOTE=computerspook;761690]
Also have seen this when you hook up to the wrong ball. All the trailers I know of use a 2 inch ball and so you need a 2 inch ball. Something smaller can be a problem.

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Most trailers of the lighter kind have either 1 7/8" or a 2" ball. (I have one of each My Scamp requires a 2" Ball and my utility trailer requires a 1 7/" ball.) I Believed what Scamp said that I needed a 1 7/8" that's what I used for a bout 3 years before I looked closely at coupler which said 2" ball. Not all trailers and couplers are made the same. Any time somebody makes a blanked statement you almost always count on it being wrong.
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Old 11-28-2019, 04:40 AM   #71
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Our 2008 Explorer tongue weight rating is 500lb without WDH and 700lb with WDH.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:59 AM   #72
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Also have seen this when you hook up to the wrong ball. All the trailers I know of use a 2 inch ball and so you need a 2 inch ball. Something smaller can be a problem.

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Most trailers of the lighter kind have either 1 7/8" or a 2" ball. (I have one of each My Scamp requires a 2" Ball and my utility trailer requires a 1 7/" ball.) I Believed what Scamp said that I needed a 1 7/8" that's what I used for a bout 3 years before I looked closely at coupler which said 2" ball. Not all trailers and couplers are made the same. Any time somebody makes a blanked statement you almost always count on it being wrong.

Should have said all fiberglass trailers I know of.

My utility trailer had a 1 7/8 to a lot of them do. Don't know why the difference. But that could definitely cause one to come loose. :-( My landlord's handyman actually literally mowed my hitch on my utility trailer and destroyed the latching system. (and the wiring). Had to have it replaced so replaced it with a 2 so I matched. It was cheaper than a 1 7/8s actually

But yes I always check when I get ready to hitch a trailer I don't know.
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:04 AM   #73
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When I rebuilt my trailer I used a Bulldog Hitch that is forged steel and is made to automatically tighten up to grip the ball and would be hard to fail to connect correctly.
One side of the hitch is hinged and goes into a tapered sleeve that is pushed by a spring arrangement.
I also recently had my trailer come unhitched and have never cared for the standard trailer hitches. I had it changed to the bulldog type and much happier with it. I towed horse trailers for thirty years that all came standard with the bulldog hitch and never had a problem. I also find them much easier to hook up.
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She probably might not care about greasing your balls...but you jacking, like suggested by several here, might make her concerned....
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So, Larry says he drilled a hole on top of the "hitch",
Fred read it to mean that he drilled a hole in the "hitch ball".


The Walt reads it as drilling a hole in the top of the "receiver".


The way I read it, Larry actually drilled a hole in the top of the "coupler".


If I simply told you that I had drilled a hole in the top of the hitch,

Where's the hole? when the cheese is gone? (as Glenn says)


Now I recognize that various names are used, but you can actually buy each of the items pictured, using the names given.
He is still in the ER..he apparently drilled a hole in the tongue thingie into which he puts his balls at campgrounds.
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He is still in the ER..he apparently drilled a hole in the tongue thingie into which he puts his balls at campgrounds.
And all this time, I thought I was gonna get called out for talking about non-molded trailers, on a site dedicated "exclusively" to molded fiberglass trailers.
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