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I'm having trouble DISCONNECTING a Reese hitch on a 28' travel trailer from the Tahoe tow vehicle. I think I've done everthing correctly till flipping the lever atop the ball socket and "lifting" the hitch from the ball. Help!

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  • rlaney Sep 01, 2010

    I'm a hitch virgin (obviously) but seem to recall product-introduction technician saying the lever atop the ball must be moved in TWO directions. However, Idon't remember the technique. Suggestions? Please!

  • rlaney Sep 01, 2010

    Your response was detailed and clear (the best kind, I suppose). But my hitch isn't a "Signature" and the trailer is a tagalong -- not a 5th-wheeler. Any more suggestions?

  • rlaney Sep 01, 2010

    Between your first and second suggestions, I contacted the Service Department of the dealership that sold me the trailer, and -- coincidentally -- they told me exactly what you just recommended. So I've already taken care of the problem, but thanks for your interest and help. Your expert advice gives me confidence to continue using FixYa (as I'd already reported to the "Management" of this site).



    Cheers! ... and best wishes for an enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

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Reese is really a brand and not a type of hitch, because they make all sort so different types, including load leveling and equalizing hitches.
I have to assume you know that if it is a weight distributing type hitch, that you need to disconnect the torsion bars first?
So assuming this is a normal hitch, the most common problem is tension of some kind. If the ground is not level and the trailer is trying to either pull or push on the hitch, then you will not be able to disengage easily.
A solution to that is to chock the trailer and put the Tahoe into drive and reverse alternately, while trying to lift. (careful to have the person doing this not let it move too much)
If that does not work, then one can loosen the nut under the socket latch, until it does not grab as tightly. (But don't get confused and loosen the ball nut.) The socket latch nut should be adjusted to that it firmly encapsulates the ball, without binding and with still being able to detach when released.

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There are two kinds of Reese hitches out there.

For the Reese Signature series:

Under the head, there are two clips attached to 1/2 inch L shaped pins. Pull the clips off. Reach under the head and pull the pins out. Being careful not to let the hitch head tilt and pinch your fingers, lift the hitch head off.

At the base of the hitch, there are two more clips, one on each side. Pull them out. Reach underneath the base of the hitch and there will be four (two per side) pivot bars. Pull them all the way to a 90 degree angle. This will release the pins in the pucks in the bed of the truck. Lift the hitch base straight up about an inch and it will be free.

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 01, 2010

    Sometimes the ball can get stuck in the hitch of the trailer. Make sure lever is up. Sometimes shaking the lever helps. Sometimes putting the trailer stand down and jacking up off the truck helps or have someone lightly jump on the tahoe bumper to get it to release. A little lubricant will help the ball to release from the hitch.

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The adjustment was turned to far down and it is mushroomed on for keeps now. You will need to remove the nut from the ball stud and try to remove the ball stud off the tounge that way later

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