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#12163508 - 03/29/17 12:39 AM Trailer Hitch
Bass Junkie Offline
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Registered: 07/29/09
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Loc: Houston
When I was backing my trailer down the ramp it came off the hitch. Luckily the emergency cables held and all I had to do with block the wheels and backup and re hitch with the help of some Good Samaritans at the ramp. Have not had any other issues and made it back safely home. The only thing I could think of is that I was backing up at an extreme angle the same time the trailer was going down the ramp.

Has anybody had similar situations? Should I be concerned and have the locking mechanism of the hitch replaced?

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#12163586 - 03/29/17 05:27 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
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Assuming it was correctly hitched in the first place, there is an adjusting nut up inside the hitch to adjust the locked tension on the ball, it may simply have come from the factory not adjusted properly, can't be to tight, ball still has to be able to turn inside the hitch.

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#12163710 - 03/29/17 07:45 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
patriot07 Offline
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I always lock down the coupler. It doesn't come loose often, but it can happen under the right set of stars aligning.
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#12163728 - 03/29/17 07:52 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
redchevy Offline
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Are you positive your using the correct size ball for the hitch?

It happens all the time, are you sure you locked it in? Ive had it happen to me before. Brother and I were taking the tractor to the ranch I backed up the truck he climbed in the bed (gooseneck trailer) and hooked up the safety chains and emergency stop cable but never closed the hitch. About a mile from the house I stepped on the brakes for a stop sign and the trailer slid forward and hit the tool box... no real damage, but a huge wake up call. Double check, and no I always check myself to make sure.

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#12164270 - 03/29/17 01:01 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
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Neighbor hooked mine up, which he has done many times, and did not get the coupler fully retracted. Fortunately it came off backing up in the yard and the neither the coupler or the jack damaged the truck since I was backing up. I now check his work.
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#12165171 - 03/30/17 05:29 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
Bass Junkie Offline
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Thanks for the advice. Everything y'all have mentioned I think came into play except the ball size. My friend hooked it up and think there could have been a cable underneath the latch. Will check the tension.

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#12165396 - 03/30/17 08:55 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
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Registered: 03/08/10
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I had mine come off the ball once. Ever since, when I hitch up I use the tongue jack to jack it up and make sure it is hooked securely. If the jack starts to pick up the truck, it's secure.
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#12165416 - 03/30/17 09:08 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
Ambassador84 Offline
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Learned my lesson a few years ago. I always double check those items that the buddy or relative said they took care of when it comes to hooking up the trailer or putting in the plugs. It has saved me from stress and heart ache at least a half dozen times in the last 5 years.
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#12166227 - 03/30/17 06:20 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Ambassador84]
Big Possum Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
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Loc: Waco,TX
Originally Posted By: Ambassador84
Learned my lesson a few years ago. I always double check those items that the buddy or relative said they took care of when it comes to hooking up the trailer or putting in the plugs. It has saved me from stress and heart ache at least a half dozen times in the last 5 years.


I've been towing since the early '70s...no matter who hooks up the trailer (even myself), it gets double and sometimes triple checked. I don't care about damage to my property.....I care more about someone getting hurt....or worse.

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#12188632 - 04/07/17 08:22 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: boocat]
Bass Junkie Offline
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Originally Posted By: boocat
Assuming it was correctly hitched in the first place, there is an adjusting nut up inside the hitch to adjust the locked tension on the ball, it may simply have come from the factory not adjusted properly, can't be to tight, ball still has to be able to turn inside the hitch.


Thanks that was it. It was very loose.

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#12189606 - 04/08/17 07:51 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
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#12191488 - 04/10/17 09:31 AM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
lenahorse Offline
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Another thing seldom mentioned is the ball shank diameter always use 1" or larger with lock washer and nut mine has a hole through the shank at the end for a cotter pin to prevent nut from possibly coming off. never us the ones that have internal threads and a bolt from the bottom which is usually only 5/8"
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#12205433 - 04/18/17 03:00 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
AdanV Offline
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Been reading all comments here, and my issue may related:

One trailers I pull feels loose when I accelerate after a full stop.
I hear and feel a clunk in the back, as if the trailer ball is too small.

The tongue hitch says it needs a 2-5/16" Trailer Ball, which is what I have on my truck.
The trailer ball on my truck is on tight.

So I guess I have to check that tension nut.
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#12205468 - 04/18/17 03:24 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: Bass Junkie]
ChuChu1 Online   content
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
If you have a receiver hitch, most of that "slack" is in the pin. There is a tension U bolt that will stop that.
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#12205550 - 04/18/17 04:36 PM Re: Trailer Hitch [Re: AdanV]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: AdanV
Been reading all comments here, and my issue may related:

One trailers I pull feels loose when I accelerate after a full stop.
I hear and feel a clunk in the back, as if the trailer ball is too small.

The tongue hitch says it needs a 2-5/16" Trailer Ball, which is what I have on my truck.
The trailer ball on my truck is on tight.

So I guess I have to check that tension nut.



What kind of brakes does it have? If it has surge brakes its probably normal.

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