I brought my used Brenderup a few weeks ago, towed it 700+ miles w/no problems, took it to a friend's barn who is letting me store it there for free, backed it into its spot...and couldn't unhitch it from my car! I had to pull the pin and unhitch it from the car! The ball is still attached to the trailer and I Can.Not.Get.It.Off!
Been over there 3x, with the owners manual in hand, but it just won't let go of the ball! I've tried calling the guy I bought it from, hasn't returned my calls and there's no way I can back my car up and line it up to reattach it to tow it to a trailer place.
Is there some "secret" I don't know about??? Previous owner told me all I had to do was pull up on the lever and it would let go.
Since there are no dealers in the US anymore I don't know who else to ask. Any advice? (this is so embarrassing!)
sometimes if the grease has warn off, very hot, or lots of hills/backing, the ball gets a bit of a vacuum thing going on. sometimes I stand on the truck bumper and bounce with the handle raised. It doesn't happen very often, maybe 3x since 2008 with 2 different b-ups. annoying as heck!
Yeah - I'm not sure how to fix it with the truck detached. I just stand on the bumper of the Jeep while someone else holds the handle up. It always pops right off.
Yes- make sure it is greased well.
Also, check the status of the break. If the rubber piece is all the way compressed (as happens when you back up) you may need to pull a bit forward and force it to uncoil in order to unhitch the trailer.
Sometimes this happens to me when I have the trailer's wheel too high, if that makes sense. If I lower the trailer more (wind up the winding thing so that the weight of the trailer is sitting on the hitch, not on the trailer wheel), that releases some mysterious tension. Try it with the trailer wheel barely even touching the ground, so it's not carrying any of the weight of the trailer. Don't worry, the trailer won't move because it's still being carried by the ball. It's just that it might be easier for the hitch to release. Once the receiver is released, you can wind the trailer wheel into position well off the ball.
Are you giving it your best "I am the lead mare and you will not mess with me" stare? That helps too (says she who once pulled away from the trailer having forgotten to undo the emergency brake cable. It took several conversations to get the emergency brake to believe that yes, it had to release now).
Not at all embarrassing. I'm sure there will be even better "adventures in trailering." :-)
Sounds like you were pulling the hand brake and not the lever for the ball. It's okay, it happens. Do take the advice of greasing the ball regularly. It helps. I had a Brenderup for 11 years and loved it. It broke my heart to sell it but I needed something larger than a 2 horse trailer. Someone else is enjoying my Brenderup now. I still miss that trailer!
Well done for getting it off, no matter what the reason was I have this great stuff, something about magic grease, but of course I can NOT remember the name of it right now. Anyway, it's magical at getting rusted-on things loose, just in case you ever need to do that.
I don't think I even have an owner's manuel, and I bought mine new. Vaseline? I always use the trailer grease in the little jar....