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Old 07-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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156 pretty much hit it on the head when he said to raise the jack wheel on the TT to the point that the TV stops rising. At that point all the tongue weight is off the ball. Then remove the safety pins and using the cheater extensions, carefully lower the hook/lever that the chain is attached to. There will still be a little tension on the bars so stand to the side when you remove the safety pins. Just about all of us have been bit by the snap of the bar when a leg or knee gets in the way. Done carefully, its pretty easy to do and you don't have to have a lot of strength to handle it safely. The key is to take the weight off the hitch ball before attempting to release the tension bars.

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #12
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My bride & I use the same procedure ( Reese 350 Mini-Lite WD ) as RedHorse1 on our 165 either on or off both the TT-TV have to be raised up together !

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Old 07-03-2013, 07:39 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by ktbarrentine View Post
If you do RV campsite type camping, your campground host can be your best friend! never met one yet who wouldnt stop at anything to help in any way with anything you need. Maybe others havent had such good experiences...I like to think it is the norm and not the exception. Happy camping!
I think you could certainly count on the kindness of either the park staff or other camping dads if you end up needing help. There are plenty of guys just waiting for an opportunity to be a hero... and then get back to their lawn chair.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #14
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Thank you all for your many good suggestions! I leave this morning with the kids and will try some of the things you told me.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:03 PM   #15
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P.S. I used to take the kids tent camping in the summers with other moms, but I find TTing way more difficult. So much to remember and so much physical labor. But once everything is set up, it's just lovely, isn't it?

I finally summoned up the courage to drive the SUV pulling our TT after our last camping trip. I white knuckled it for about a half hour, then got used to it. My admiration and appreciation for my husband grows...
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:22 AM   #16
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About eight years ago I got injured at work and was unable to set up the trailer. I taught my 14 year old daughter who did it for me so we could go away on a holiday that year. Still trying to convince my wife to drive the trailer. Maybe it will be this year. Glad to hear you gave it a go.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:50 AM   #17
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I have seen some folks leave the WD still connected to the trailer hitch and just pull the pin from the truck trailer hitch and drive away from it. Of course the trailer has to be jacked up to remove the weight as discussed above. This is the easy part just pulling away. I imagine the hard part will be trying to back into the small sized trailer hitch and stabbing the truck trailer hitch hole when you need to hook back up.... Might take a few tries haha...

Anything that makes loud noises scared the "H" out of me too...

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #18
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What kind of w/d system do you have? With my Reese dual cam my wife can unhook the TT from the TV easily using the electric jack.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:41 PM   #19
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I go camping without my hubby all the time. I learned to do everything myself, and I mean everything! I do struggle with backing in sometimes. I've been known to ask my "neighbor" if I just can't get it. I, also, raise the jack as far as possible and my sway bars are much easier to remove using the "wrench." I do the same when putting them back on. My other advice, make sure you're wearing closed toed shoes while doing this even when you get more confident. Last week, while hitching up, I wore flip-flops and thought to myself, "hubby would be lecturing me right now!" Backing truck up to ball is simple, also. I center the jack to center of tailgate and use side mirrors to judge distance. Since I travel alot with my 7 yr old, I usually have to guide myself.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #20
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If you lift the front of the trailer and the rear of the truck high enough you don't need a cheater bar. Sallie and I just use our hands as there is NO pressure on the bars.

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