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Old 08-11-2022, 11:00 PM   #1
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Dumb question...

My truck / hitch is taller than the maxed out height of my trailer jack. So obviously I have to set it on some 4x6 blocks (usually 2) before putting the jack down. I can't help but always think of all these hypothetical type situations even though they likely never happen. But let's say for some reason my trailer slid off the jack blocks, how would I ever get it hooked back up to the hitch? I think it has like a 750# hitch weight or something like that, so I'm definitely not lifting it and the wife wouldn't be much help.

What would you do in a situation like that / what could be done, besides finding a bunch of people to help lift it? Say you were solo?

Just thinking out loud.
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Old 08-12-2022, 01:09 AM   #2
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Some jacks come with a drop foot that'll give a longer extension range of about 22" give or take, depending on the brand. We have a Bull Dog jack that has that feature. I'm sure there are a few more like it. Is your truck suspension jacked up some?
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:19 AM   #3
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Easiest way would be to use blocks of wood under the coupler. Stack them up then rest the coupler on them while you raise the jack up.
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:19 AM   #4
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Jack Extension

Not a dumb question you'll be in a pickle if the jack does slide off those blocks. I've seen straight line winds move a 30 foot Jayco off it's stabilizer jacks and off the block that was under the jack. Things happen.

You need a jack extension or replace the jack with a longer one but this is the cheaper route. This is just one example of what's out there.
https://smile.amazon.com/Fastway-88-...0AZS7HQ2&psc=1
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First and foremost, always chock your tires securely before unhitching. That will significantly reduce the likelihood of your camper moving and "slipping off" your blocks.

If it does slip off your blocks, its a pretty easy fix. Put blocks underneath your a-frame to support the trailer, then retract your jack as much as you can. Put blocks beneath your jack leg and extend. If its still too low, repeat the process. Put blocks under the a-frame to support it, retract your jack and place blocks under the jack leg and extend again.
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:34 AM   #6
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You need a jack extension.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:02 AM   #7
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Get rid of the 4x6's. They're too easy to roll as the weight shifts on the jack foot.
Build yourself some cribbing from cutoff ends of 2x4's the next time you have a construction project. Not too hard to make them "nest" with each other, larger footprint, and you get to use the "waste" from your project.
Bottom line......you need a larger footprint for your blocks for added stability.

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Old 08-12-2022, 06:37 AM   #8
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Quick answer, FLOOR JACK!
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Old 08-12-2022, 07:29 AM   #9
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a jack or enough blocks to hold the frame of the trailer up while you compress the jack then put more blocks under the jack to get the extra lift..i guess cribbing blocks for lack of a better explanation...
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Some jacks come with a drop foot that'll give a longer extension range of about 22" give or take, depending on the brand. We have a Bull Dog jack that has that feature. I'm sure there are a few more like it. Is your truck suspension jacked up some?
Yea it has a slight lift to fit 35" tires (bought it that way). I'll look into foot extensions thanks.
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Thanks for all the replies, I didn't realize there are "foot extensions " not sure why the dealer didn't recommend them when they seen the problem when I came to pick up the trailer. That seems like the easiest fix although not the prettiest.

The other option as everyone is saying is lots of blocks , but If I'm boondocking I doubt I'll find a lot of random blocks in the woods.
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That happened to me once.
The floorjack I brought sure came in handy!
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:08 PM   #13
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And always chock both sides before jacking the tongue!
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Grab a jack-stand... Run the trailer jack up, put the jack stand under the tongue. Retract the trailer jack until you can get your blocks under it - raise it up and hitch up.
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Lots of options to extend the jack. I don't like blocks because I am basically lazy.

The 'Fastaway' mentioned is rated at 1400 lb tongue weight.

The 'Husky' (link below) is rated at 6500 lbs. I've had both, prefer the Husky because you can use it folded or extended, depending on environment. Amazon is out, but available at other places. Shop for best price.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Or do an Amazon search... find something you like.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tongue+ja...f=nb_sb_noss_1
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A little more expense, but this is the jack we have. The drop leg gives an additional 8" over the regular 14" for a total available 22". With your truck, cribbing might still be needed too.

https://www.amazon.com/Bulldog-Reese...%2C131&sr=1-24
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Fastway Weight Distribution Hitch Shank - 8" Drop; 12" Shank - Fastway 92-02-4315

Get your hitch down to where it won't be an issue.
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Old 08-17-2022, 12:23 PM   #18
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Back to the basic

Back to the basic setup.

When connected trailer to tow vehicle is the trailer level? If it is nose high I would recommend using a drop hitch to help it level to the trailer out. and eliminate the other modifications to the jack.
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my truck / hitch is taller than the maxed out height of my trailer jack. So obviously i have to set it on some 4x6 blocks (usually 2) before putting the jack down. I can't help but always think of all these hypothetical type situations even though they likely never happen. But let's say for some reason my trailer slid off the jack blocks, how would i ever get it hooked back up to the hitch? I think it has like a 750# hitch weight or something like that, so i'm definitely not lifting it and the wife wouldn't be much help.

What would you do in a situation like that / what could be done, besides finding a bunch of people to help lift it? Say you were solo?

Just thinking out loud.
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if your jack doesnt have enough lift to unhitch from ball you must be not towing level
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if your jack doesnt have enough lift to unhitch from ball you must be not towing level
Maybe he has a lifted truck, or a very high one. Who knows?
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