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Old 09-17-2014, 10:37 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by nbhybrid View Post
he is 15 driving your truck and it's his fault?

It could have been a lot worse.

He learned a valuable lesson that hopefully he will carry with him for the rest of his life. And cranking that jack will drive that lesson home every time!

We all make mistakes, it's what we learn from them that is the important part.


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Old 09-18-2014, 12:30 PM   #12
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I can muscle the jack up and town with the crank - blows the fuse right away if I try electric. It is a workout!

Yes, I allowed my son to move the truck while hitching - he asks every time - so all that happened is my responsibility in the end. That is why I am not asking my son to pay for anything. And, yes, you are for darn sure right that it could have been a lot worse - in fact, nobody got hurt, and that is all that really matters when all is said and done.

On the other hand, it is good to learn from our mistakes, and as my son spends time working on the trailer and replacing the tongue jack as well as cranking the tongue jack up and down the reality of actions and consequences will become real to him in a manner that my talking to him cannot convey.

Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from poor judgment. At least, that is how I have learned the lessons I remember most!

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Old 09-18-2014, 01:58 PM   #13
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The trailer tongue jack is only three bolts. The trick is to leave it connected to your truck when you remove it. Then you won't have to jack up the trailer tongue with something else before you remove the tongue jack...

If I ever replaced mine I would definitely replace it with an electric one. Kinda neat to just stand there with the remote in your hand.

I hope you looked at the available room for the manual crank to be used. Sometimes its pretty tight on the trailer tongue area especially if you have added more batteries etc...

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Old 09-18-2014, 02:00 PM   #14
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You may be able to return it to a useable state by attempting to straighten it out. Camping is about teaching our kids....including how to back etc.
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:42 AM   #15
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RoyBraddy - thanks for the tip on hooking the trailer to the truck. I was planning to take two jack stands and use those, but hooked to the truck will be easier, and I think safer as well.

After we get the current tongue jack off I will take a picture and post and see whether we should try to straighten.


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