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Old 06-06-2015, 06:15 PM   #11
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To the OP. Your signature indicates a Vengence 31V which is a tow behind toy hauler. Ignore all the advice above that relates to 5th wheels.. The most likely solution is to raise the front of the trailer higher. As recommended above, ensure the trailer wheels are securely chocked so the trailer can't roll in either direction. Put a thick block of wood at least 4" tall under the trailer tongue jack. You may also have to put short 2 X 8 boards under the front wheels of the truck (raise the front to lower the hitch a little). I would not try to raise the back of the travel trailer. If none of this works, get back to us and we'll try again.
P.S. I always leave my safety chains attached until the trailer is unhitched and stationary (had a runaway boat once).
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:55 PM   #12
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Re: need help parking trailer at home

I have an 8 inch block that I put under the trailer hitch to allow it to rise above the truck hitch ball for connections and disconnections. I park on a 10% uphill grade and I need that height to level for my fridge to continue working after I'm docked at home. If it still doesn't disconnect after you have the required height sometimes a little gentle persuasion with a rubber mallet is necessary to disconnect the tongue from the ball.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:40 PM   #13
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You likely had weight pulling on the ball. As others said, put snowboards under the Jack. We used to use a 1 foot length of 4x6 under ours. Was the problem opening the coupler or getting the ball out of the hitch? If the problem is the coupler then you need to rock your truck a bit to release the pressure after the trailer has been chocked in place. Make sure the Jack is not putting pressure pulling the rear of the truck up until after the coupler is open. Once the coupler is open then raise the Jack. If it is still sticking sometimes you have to bounce on the rear of the truck a bit (I used to do this on the hitch receiver/shank portion.) This will usually give you success. Keep in mind if the hill is too steep this is bad for your fridge.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:24 AM   #14
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What ever you do,,, be very carful that the trailer can not roll into you,,, your truck,,, or even down the driveway !!! We had this same deal when we had a TT,,, there were times we had to move the truck a hair to get it to release,,, Not a good situation !!!
Our driveway has such a slop we had to raise the front of our approx. 3 feet,,, Scary !!!
We now have a MH,,, and we park it crossways,,, on blocks to level !!!
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:21 AM   #15
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In addition to putting blocks under the front jack, I usually put the front levelers/stabilizers down too. Gives me a little piece of mind that I have 3 points of contact on the ground. Sometimes I forgot I needed extra height under the jack . . .
I lower the front levelers, crank up the front jack enough to put a block under it and lower the front jack down again.
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:21 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone! With your help we were able to unhitch. Today we leave on our first camping trip so I'm praying for no major problems.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:40 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone! With your help we were able to unhitch. Today we leave on our first camping trip so I'm praying for no major problems.
So what have you done different than before that helped unhitch?
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:16 AM   #18
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We raised the front of the truck to lower the hitch and was able to unhitch. Later we figured out that the truck was turned at such an angle that the back side of the ball hitch was stuck. You live and learn.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:23 AM   #19
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Another suggestion. Since your TH is on a slope, I recommend you find a way to temporarily attach the breakaway cable to or near the tongue jack switch. This way you have a safety stop should it ever start to roll. Just pull the cable to pull the pin. Just don't forget to then block the wheels well and replace the pin.
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What ever you do,,, be very carful that the trailer can not roll into you,,, your truck,,, or even down the driveway !!! We had this same deal when we had a TT,,, there were times we had to move the truck a hair to get it to release,,, Not a good situation !!!
Our driveway has such a slop we had to raise the front of our approx. 3 feet,,, Scary !!!
We now have a MH,,, and we park it crossways,,, on blocks to level !!!
Hi Wolverine. What did you support your tongue with once you go the TT to the 3' height? I have the same issue (39" ground to tongue) and DW doesn't like the blend of cinder blocks/4x4's and 2x6's. Also the front stabilizers need 12-20" of cb/4x4/2x6 - also not pretty enough apparently!
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