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Old 07-03-2011, 01:47 AM   #1
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Question Questions about hitching up

Someone else will be helping me hitch up tomorrow and I am having trouble remembering how to connect the ball to the hitch (The piece that covers the ball is the hitch?). Can anyone refresh my memory?

After backing the Yukon up to the trailer do I move that sliding thing up and raise the tongue jack? And then what? How can I tell that its connected besides not seeing a big gap? The last couple of times we been having trouble connecting and also disconnecting the trailer from the TV. Now I'm all confused

I do remember how to attach the spring bars and anti-swag bar so I'm good with those.

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Old 07-03-2011, 07:55 AM   #2
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Hi T. Here's the process.

Have your helper direct you so the ball is still a few inches away from the coupler.

Slide the coupler latch back as far as it goes. This moves the coupler lock clear of the ball.

Raise the tongue to a level slightly higher than the top of the ball.

Back the truck so ball is under coupler.

Lower tongue so coupler rests completely on ball and jack is off ground.

Move coupler latch forward and put pin or a lock on it. The latch pin will only go in if latch is down as far as it goes. That is how you know coupler is latched securely.

If latch won't move forward because ball is blocking it, than try moving the truck very slightly forward. Just putting the truck in neutral should release the pressure.

You know the rest about how to set up your wdh.

Good luck.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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Don't forget that the safety chains are X'ed ONCE under the hitch to the frame mount. The idea is that if the hitch uncouples, the hitch coupler and trailer tongue will be "cradled" by the safety chains and kept from hitting the ground and digging in. Don't make the safety chains so long that they drag on the ground as it will defeat their purpose or so short that they bind in turns.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
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Hi T. Here's the process.

Have your helper direct you so the ball is still a few inches away from the coupler.

Slide the coupler latch back as far as it goes. This moves the coupler lock clear of the ball.

Raise the tongue to a level slightly higher than the top of the ball.

Back the truck so ball is under coupler.

Lower tongue so coupler rests completely on ball and jack is off ground.

Move coupler latch forward and put pin or a lock on it. The latch pin will only go in if latch is down as far as it goes. That is how you know coupler is latched securely.

If latch won't move forward because ball is blocking it, than try moving the truck very slightly forward. Just putting the truck in neutral should release the pressure.

You know the rest about how to set up your wdh.

Good luck.
Thanks for the directions! It will be kept on my phone for future trips. Your directions hit upon a couple of problem area but now I have the steps to follow.

Today nothing went as planned from the start. I got 3 hours behind schedule due to a flat tire on my car. (I ran over a very large screw in a construction area.) I couldn't make the limited time frame my helper was available so my b-i-l (headache and all) came to my rescue (he has hitched me up before).

I hope to practice hitching and disconnecting at the campground or when I drop the tt off at the storage place. Until I master this I will dread hitching up. The best way to learn it is to follow directions and practice.

To disconnect the couple from the ball is it exactly the same but in reverse? The last two times it's been a bear to seperate.

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Don't forget that the safety chains are X'ed ONCE under the hitch to the frame mount. The idea is that if the hitch uncouples, the hitch coupler and trailer tongue will be "cradled" by the safety chains and kept from hitting the ground and digging in. Don't make the safety chains so long that they drag on the ground as it will defeat their purpose or so short that they bind in turns.
Do you mean an X by criss Crossing them? Left hook to right side, right hook to left side?
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Do you mean an X by criss Crossing them? Left hook to right side, right hook to left side?
Yes, exactly. The chains should form a cradle under the hitch.
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Thanks Herk for the picture. Sometimes seeing something is easier to understand.
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I have never usually had a helper for hitching up. Trial and error, in and out of the truck. I could usually do it within 3 tries.
Now I have a rear camera, night vision and all with a tv screen view of the hitch. Usually get it on the first try now. Mine is connected to my 10" overhead screen, but they sell portable battery versions for well under a hundred bucks now that are much more versatile than mine.
Might try one and then you can practice hitching up to your hearts content without needing help and with less frustration.
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To disconnect is the same but in reverse as you say.

Try this if the coupler can't clear the ball when you lift it off. The ball is probably causing presure within the coupler.

Make sure truck and trailer are in line with eachother. There can be some angle, but its easier if they line up.

Chock your wheels.

Place coupler latch all the way back.

Extend the jack a little.

Go back to your truck and put the truck into neutral. This should relieve the presure. Put in park and set emergency brake.

Extend jack again and see if it slides off hitch. Repeat placing truck in neutral if the ball is still stuck in coupler.

Your plan to practice is a good one. I have to practice with any new trailer or boat as each one is different.

The backup cameras work great if you find yourself hitching up solo often.
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To disconnect is the same but in reverse as you say.

Try this if the coupler can't clear the ball when you lift it off. The ball is probably causing presure within the coupler.

Make sure truck and trailer are in line with eachother. There can be some angle, but its easier if they line up.

Chock your wheels.

Place coupler latch all the way back.

Extend the jack a little.

Go back to your truck and put the truck into neutral. This should relieve the presure. Put in park and set emergency brake.

Extend jack again and see if it slides off hitch. Repeat placing truck in neutral if the ball is still stuck in coupler.

Your plan to practice is a good one. I have to practice with any new trailer or boat as each one is different.

The backup cameras work great if you find yourself hitching up solo often.
I usually am in park with the brake on, might not be in a straight line since I have to back into my space as well. I will follow your directions and see how things goes. I forgot to say that I really like that you did not give me the unhitching directions when I asked about hitching up. I'm the type of person when havng trouble needs to master step one before moving onto step two.

Sister's Yukon don't have a backup camera but when I am able to get my own truck it will have a backup camer & tow mirrors. My Rav4 has the backup camera which I really love using.

In the meantime I do have those hitching posts from CW which does an good enough job if I'm in a pitch. Having my TV would help too because I would be familiar with it more.

Since I should be line up pretty well at the CG in the pull-through site it should be a good time to practice especially with other RVers around. I am rested and will be heading out after lunch to the local campground. I am planning on unhitching and then hitching after I set up camp and get dinner started in the slow cooker.
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