Have a recently acquired 2000 Eagle 14 popup. Original owner disconnected surge brakes many years back. The two problems are: A: roughly half the time I cannot get the hitch onto the ball, or off it, without rugged persistence; and B: the chunk from the popup sliding forward when coming to a stop - then chunk again pulling away. The second is irritating but perhaps harmless - the first a royal pain. I had to mess with it quite a while to get it onto the ball today to take to town to have a mechanic look at it ( he said he had the same problem with the one on his boat trailer and didn't know how to fix it either - suggested an rv repair place but none in our county. I got home and it would NOT come off. I got to thinking that perhaps the hitch won't open when the thing is slid forward from stopping, so I pulled forward and then backed up and braked enough to get it to slide back rearward (chunk) and darned it the hitch didn't come off nice as pie. My question is, did I discover the problem? and can I have the sliding thing welded so it can't slide forward? Would the thing you have to press down before backing up be an issue?