Well here is “one” of ours. I laugh now, but at the time….
It happened on our first camping trip with the new camper. Which also was the very first day we picked up the camper from our dealer 450 miles away. I guess you would call this our Maiden voyage as since it was so far from home that after our dealer inspection is was too late to drive all the way home. So we camped the Friday after Thanksgiving at a state park about 300 miles from home. We planned for the camping trip. We where winter PU campers so being in the TT was luxury.
Cold, wet, rainy and backed the new camper in the site. Was on a gravel pad with a moderate slope. Tried to unhook so I could level out the TT. Then the fun began.
For the life of me I could not get the TT ball coupler to unlatch. Dealer hooked up the TT so I never saw it before or payed much attention. I did the normal make sure no weight is on the coupler, pulled forward to take all the play out, etc. Still I could not get the ball coupler latch to unhook. It would not even budge.
What is it with this thing. I have been towing trailers of all kinds all my life and I can’t get this thing unhooked. Wet, soaked, DW asking…..
I’m looking at the latch and it has a little finger lifting tab. I’m trying to pull it up, No go. Went to get the tools… Still nothing. I’m going to break something… This is stupid.
After 45 minutes somehow I got it unhooked. Leveled out the camper, went in and had supper. Flustered as can be.
Next morning we hooked up and drove towards home. The excitement was still so high from having the new camper, we camped the 2nd night at a local state park again before getting home. Again the same thing, on a level blacktop pad I still can’t this darn coupler to unlatch. Fought it this time for 30 minutes…. Well I’m gaining, down 15 minutes from the 1st time.
The next day we came home and I parked it in the yard. Crawled under and looked up at the coupler mechanism. Oh my goodness….
This ball coupler does not lift UP. It slides straight back….
Now with my index finger, I can slide the latch BACK in about 1 second…
. That little tab that looks like a lifting tab, Ah nope. It must be there for looks….
Live and learn.
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC
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