Help! Hitch coupler broke on way to campground!

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  1. campagain

    campagain Active Member

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    We made it, via bungee cords and safety chains wrapped around the ball and tongue. Should I get some duct tape for the trip home and wrap the s##t out of it?

    Never saw this one coming!
     
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    I think we're gonna' need a picture or a better description to be of any real help.
     
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    (Sheet)? As in white as a sheet?:rolleyes:
     
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    Pics from my phone never upload :(

    The little lever on top of the hitch that 'locks' the hitch onto the ball came off, and the rod that goes through to the hitch snapped. So, even though the hitch can go over the ball, it doesn't stay locked onto it.
     
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    Sounds like a trip to Tractor Supply, Advance Auto, or some where you can find to buy a repair kit . The parts you described come as a repair kit. I would not drive it anywhere with the couple broke
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    Where are you camping. Is there a Walmart, auto parts or hardware store near by. Is the coupler bolted on or is it welded. At best, you can replace the coupler if bolted. Or, you can replace the latch if you can't take the coupler off. Duct tape isn't the answer. Even if a store is an hour away. You should make a safe connection for the trip back home.
     
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    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    I would not drive it in the condition you describe. If something were to happen on the way home, you'd be terribly liable. A repair is DEFINITELY in order.
     
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    I will check out those stores tomorrow when he get home. We are super lucky bc the campground is only about 5 mi from the house. I can limp it home and work on it tomorrow/Tues.
     
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    I hit the local WM and all they had was a dua-lok coupler kit that I was thinking I could scavenge the coupler out of but not sure yet. Oh, I also stopped at Lowe's to copy my trailer key and they can't do that kind! Bums.
     
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    Like Joet said, you would have better luck at a tractor supply or farm supply store. A trailer dealer should also have the rebuild parts. Also try RPCarriages.com or etrailer.com
     
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    I have bought a coupler and robbed the guts out if not when a kit wasn't available.
     
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    This is one of the regular maintenance items that usually gets overlooked. Hauling the trailer any distance at all with a broken coupler latch is risky.
     
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    Agreed all ... repair kits are easily available and one should be got ASAP. Plus, since the lever that physically locks down the hitch is missing, no use of any wire or silver tape is going to provide any locking force. Don't hitch and don't tow 'til you've got it back together.
     
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    Got the camper home safe, and got the repair kit from TS. Now I just need it to stop being 90 out so I can fix it!!
     
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    We were camping with friends, their coupler cracked when they backed into the campsite. One of the rangers was a welder on the side and had a whole portable welding shop. He send them to a trailer or tractor shop and had them pickup a new coupler. The old one was grounded off and a new new welded on there in the campsite. We did have to rewire the trailer connector, the wiring got a little burned up. But we made the rest of the trip to Big Bend NP and back to Austin without any problems.
     
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    The repair kit doesn't seem too involved, but with the top portion broken off, I'm curious as to what is holding the parts underneath in place!
     
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    ALL FIXED GUYS!! WHEW THAT WAS A CLOSE ONE!
     
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    I wanted to expand on the 'fix' for others searching this topic later: it simply required removing the old coupler bolt and related parts, putting the new replacement parts in place, and test-fitting it on the ball hitch to ensure it locked securely. The whole effort took no more than 30-45 min, and the only tool needed was a ratchet wrench and socket. Hope this helps another member one day!
     
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    Very risky to even "limp" home like this. Duct tape, wire, etc isn't going to help as the trailer has to pivot.

    Glad you got it fixed. If anyone finds this thread in the future and is in a similar boat, DON"T TOW with a broken hitch/coupler!
     
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