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Dang trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NC Scaper, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    This post might get moved but I need help. I cannot get one of my trailers unhooked for nothing, so all I ask is for some ideas. I have never had this problem, so all help is welcomed. I also know it is late to be unhooking a trailer but, we just got back in from delivering some sod in SC.
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    What type of trailer? Type of hitch: ball, 5th wheel, etc. That would help alot.
  3. rick2752

    rick2752 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    Is the lock froze up? Spray w-d 40 all over it. Block trailer wheels front and back and move the pickup forward and back to break it free. Good Luck
  4. blevinsbulldog

    blevinsbulldog LawnSite Member
    from 6 sw va
    Messages: 9

    put a jack under it & jack it up , hope this helps
  5. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    6.5x14 open, 2 5/16 ball
  6. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    will try the ideas, thanx for the suggestions!!!
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    NC -

    Don't know if you got it off yet, but I've had my trailer bind on the ball sometimes.

    Might have to get a floor jack, put a piece of 4x6 or 6x6 on it, and jack up the tongue as high as possible, where you're about lifting the back end of the truck off the ground, at least high enough where you look like you got the 70's - 80's look with the back end of your truck jacked up.

    Once you get it like that, jump up on the corner of the rear bumber and start jumping up and down.

    If that doesn't do it, you might have to rock the truck back and forth just a little bit.

    If THAT doesn't do it, you're going to have to take the ball off, if you can get a pipe wrench to hold it while you try to take the nut off.
  8. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    I am sure you've checked this, but...

    Are truck and trailer on level surface? Is trailer unloaded, or at least loaded evenly? Trailer tires aren't up against a bump or rock?

    Try this: While someone is trying to move the trailer ball latch / hitch, have someone else bang the hitch with a sledge hammer, preferably as near to the hitch as possible. Obviously be careful doing this. The vibrations may be enough to loosen things.
  9. Moe Fish

    Moe Fish LawnSite Member
    from Fla
    Messages: 72

    the hitch may just be in a bind like other have said. Jack it up just enought to tak a little of the weight off the truck then jump un the bumper of the truck a few time. Most of this time you can bounce them loose that way.
    also if the trailer is trying to roll forward or back it could do this
  10. rick2752

    rick2752 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    OR!!! pull the pin on the reece hitch and pull away. Trailer is unloaded of course.

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