Originally Posted by Patricia D.
I am having trouble connecting and disconnecting my trailer and car. It is hard to tell if the ball is seated properly in the hitch and very hard to release it. I am interested to know if this coupler is original to Ventura
trailers, if other owners find it hard to operate and if it is possible to replace it. It seems welded on way back onto the frame. Also, whether other Ventura
owners use a 1 7/8 or 2 in ball.
Any opinions on if the mechanism can be changed would be appreciated. There was a recent thread about using a lock to make sure the connection is secure. With this present set up this is not possible and I would somehow like to change it.
You can easily replace any coupler. You should use a hitch specialist as they will cut off your coupler and weld the new one onto your tongue. However, I think it would be worth your time to work through the idiosyncrasies of your current coupler.
I have the same coupler as you. It replaced my original coupler & was highly recommended by my trailer service guy, an old timer whose opinion I trust. It does require the hitch be set exactly on the ball and be at the correct height. But if everything is correct, it opens & closes easily. I personally think that is a good thing.
My coupler does allow for a lock. If yours doesn't have holes, maybe you can have a hitch specialist take a look. Also, Please check out my second link as it describes a product - durasafe lock coupler protect - that may solve that problem.
When uncoupling, you should change the hitch height until the coupler releases. You'll eventually figure out if you need to raise or lower the hitch.
Because I tow the trailer by myself, I bought a coupler connection device which guides the coupler over the ball. This works super well for me. I use it in conjunction with magnetic yellow alignment balls when hitching up the trailer. Once the ball is seated properly your coupler will close easily.
Here's a link to the coupler connection device:
Check out their demo videos.
FYI, this product includes a safety unit they call "coupler protect". You can buy the alignment guide alone for $10 less. But I like the extra "coupler protect" unit: it prevents the hitch from dislodging. If I put a lock on it the trailer is secured, and you have one more layer a potential thief has to cut through should you want to leave the trailer while traveling to say go into a restaurant or store. This may solve the lack of a hole for a lock.
Hope this helps.