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Old 02-06-2012, 05:24 PM
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I have a Atwood 6k disk brake actuator, it is very difficult to get on and off the trailer ball, the design seems different from other trailer actuators I have had. I am thinking of replacing it. Is there any trick to hitching and unhitching this actuator? If not I will replace it, any suggestions on a decent replacement? My trailer is a Pacific with Kodiak disk brakes, single axle.
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with that actuator. There are lots of conventional operating actuators out there. My only advise would be to buy one with a plastic master cylinder instead of the traditional metal. The metal ones always rust inside and the rust particles make there way down the lines to the calipers.
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The answer is so simple you’ll think it’s wrong. Lift the latch all the way up with one hand and work the jack with the other. Looking at it, you would think you can lift the latch to where the hole lines up on the latch to use the hook on the end of the cable to stick through hole to allow it to stay up while you raise the jack. It doesn’t work like that. Hold the latch all the way up with one hand till there is no more movement, work the jack with the other hand and it will come right off the ball.

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The answer is so simple youíll think itís wrong. Lift the latch all the way up with one hand and work the jack with the other. Looking at it, you would think you can lift the latch to where the hole lines up on the latch to use the hook on the end of the cable to stick through hole to allow it to stay up while you raise the jack. It doesnít work like that. Hold the latch all the way up with one hand till there is no more movement, work the jack with the other hand and it will come right off the ball.
Thanks, I think I will still replace it, any suggestions for a regular type actuator?
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This is a one we use. It’s made by Demco and has a composite master cylinder. We have yet to have a single issue with them. This model fits a 2” ball and has an 8K capacity.
Part# 8608611




Check out the video to see how the E-Z latch works.
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Thanks, do I need on that large? My trailer is a single axle, less than 3500#s total, where is the best place to purchase a new actuator?
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