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Old 07-02-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Suggestions for a woman getting WD hitch off without husband?

I want to go camping with the kids, but can't fathom how to disconnect the weight distribution hitch without my husband's brute strength. Any suggestions? Is there a tool we don't know about? Can you use the wrench-like tool you put it on with to get it off?
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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We have an electric tongue jack that we use to raise the TT-TV combination enough that the bars can be put on their perches (our WDH does not have chains) with ease. Although I do most of the heavy work I figure the bride could handle it without me. We did the same thing with the crank tongue jack but the electric is waaaaaay easier.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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It should not be that difficult to get off. Are you talking about the difficulty with the spring bars or just the weight of the parts putting it on and taking it off?

I can also tell you that at most campgrounds if you ask for help from your neighbor, they are going to be more than happy to help you. You also have another option if you are just going to stay in camp - leave it connected. There is nothing saying you have to pull it all apart.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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I use a two to three foot piece of 1 inch emt conduit to slide over the hook to raise or lower the spring bars. If you know an electrician ask him for a scrap piece of emt or rigid conduit to use as a cheater bar.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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Leave it hooked up.

Also, the cheater bar lifts the wdh hook up and down. I am 61 yrs old and can manage it very easily. We have the elec hitch which I recommend. Hope this helps!!
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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We have an electric tongue jack that we use to raise the TT-TV combination enough that the bars can be put on their perches (our WDH does not have chains) with ease. Although I do most of the heavy work I figure the bride could handle it without me. We did the same thing with the crank tongue jack but the electric is waaaaaay easier.
This is what we do when hitching and unhitching except i still have to raise everything up with the hand crank. An electric jack is definitely in my future.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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Suggestions for a woman getting WD hitch off without husband?

One thing to watch for when disconnecting the pull-up brackets is to watch and see what the ball mount on the truck is doing. My truck squats a decent amount so even after lifting the trailer tongue a ways, there is still weight on the truck. If you disengaged the brackets in this condition it would fling the bar off if you aren't careful. I did this once but luckily didn't get hurt, just more startled. Please make sure the trailer jack has taken all the weight off the ball, and has lifted the tow vehicle up a couple inches. Same thing in reverse when hooking up.

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #8
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Shouldn't be any pressure on the bars if you crank down the tongue jack far enough. Depending on the location sometime the back tires of my truck are nearly off the ground. I do have a cheater/leverage bar though if I do need it for getting the bars off or on the L brackets , 1 of these should have come with your WD system.
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And a reminder to always make sure your wheels are chocked before hitching and before unhitching. It's easy to forget with everything we have to do.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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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!
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