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Old 06-05-2015, 05:26 PM   #1
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Need help with parking trailer at home

We were so excited about picking up our new Vengeance toy hauler today. My husband is now so frustrated that I'm not sure he will be able to enjoy it. We made a gravel spot next to our driveway to park the trailer. He backed it in fine but could not get the hitch off the ball of the truck. Our driveway runs down hill and the truck was up higher than the trailer. We could not get the hitch raised high enough to go over the ball and pull the truck away. He finally had to put the trailer in a different location, next to the house, which is in the grass. I hope it doesn't sink down into the grass so we can't get it out when we need to. I'm not sure if any of this made since to you; I don't know the right vocabulary or lingo to use. But does anyone have suggestions on what we can do differently or how we can make this better or even just a word of encouragement? He is pretty discouraged right now and I think if he could take it back and forget the whole thing, he would.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
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Well let me take a stab at this.Can you put a couple of boards down under the front jack to get enough elevation to get the hitch undone? I have a double 2x6 and a 6x6 block under the feet of my 5er to get it jacked up in our driveway.It's also on a ver big slope.Had to do the same thing on our old TT to get enough lift to be able to level for the frig to run.Hope this helps some.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #3
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Did you put a block of some sort under the jack? I had to do this a few times for the jack to go up high enough to unhook.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:45 PM   #4
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First use wheel chocks front and rear on trailer, since you are on a slight incline there might be enough pressure on the hitch that as the jack lifts up the ball is stuck in the coupler, might need to back or drive truck ahead to release pressure. Also use wood block as described above.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:48 PM   #5
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If there is room, you might try using some auto ramps & back the trailer up on to them. Maybe by raising the back of the trailer the angle will change enough to allow the TT to uncouple.

X2 on also trying a block of wood under the tongue jack but I suspect some of the problem is the downward angle of the TT.

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Old 06-05-2015, 06:36 PM   #6
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Agree on raising the wheels of the trailer. Get the back of the trailer a little higher and block under the tongue jack.
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Old 06-06-2015, 02:47 PM   #7
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OOH! OOH!! Just went through a variation of this! Greg, you are not alone. You are not wrong.......your wife loves you and has sought out advice from others.

First review these; google further for additional advise.

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...22726525/print
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fifth wheel hitch will not release


Learn To RV: Hitching and Un-hitching my Fifth Wheel



If after reviewing the importance of proper chocking and those many other helpful points brought out in these other post, you find thatt your issue IS, in fact, too high of a slope (>10degrees) in front of the trailer where the truck is parked; you may be faced with re-engineering your parking spot to bring the truck/fifth wheel onto a more level plain for trouble-free hitching and un-hitching.


Can you post a picture showing the gravel site, with perhaps a stick showing where the back of your truck rests when you begin the unhitch process? You'll get a slough of additional comments and advice to wade through.


Good Luck Bud

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Old 06-06-2015, 03:08 PM   #8
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Since you mentioned the down-sloping angle of your driveway, it is IMPERATIVE that you take steps to ENSURE the trailer does not take off of its own when you disconnect! If yours is a tandem wheeled trailer, I would STRONGLY recommend scissor type wheel chocks IN ADDITION TO regular chocks; otherwise just GOOD, well anchored wheel chocks alone would have to suffice. Use a block of wood under the foot of the tongue jack to allow for higher jacking, and then EASILY and SLOWLY move the tow vehicle back towards the trailer about 1/4 inch or so to take the tension off the ball and I think you will unhook.
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #9
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I don't want to over think this but let me try to help. You said this was a new trailer and that you have a new parking space. So I'm guessing that perhaps this is your very first trailer....? If it is than perhaps it's one of those things where the dealer didn't EXPLAIN how to unhook everything, and maybe even had it waiting for you already hitched and ready to go when you drove it home. So if you know all about towing a big toy hauler and have experience than the obvious fix is that you can't park trailers on a hill very well, but if you don't have experience than there is a common "newbie" error that many new RV'ers make.... Let me try to help.
When you get ready to unhook your RV and you drop the tailgate and you are ready you need to PULL THE PINS ON THE "landing gear" and let the landing gear drop down to close to the ground. This will provide you (usually) about a foot or so of travel extension of the landing gear. Install the pins again and be sure to lock them in place. (Usually a Clevis pin). Now extend the landing gear and a few inches and take the weight of the trailer off the hitch. And then drive the truck out from under the trailer and level everything up.
CAUTION: if you haven't done this before you at least need another person as a "spotter" and if you are not 100% comfortable with what you are doing you need an experienced person to help you!
But I'm guessing that if you are a "newbie" you just missed extending the landing gear to get more travel up. Also, obviously.... You when you hook it all back up you need to raise up those landing gear feet so can travel down the highway without dragging them down the road.
My editorial is this: you will make a lot of friends in the RV world..... If you are having problems just ask around and you will likely find an answer. .
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We were so excited about picking up our new Vengeance toy hauler today. My husband is now so frustrated that I'm not sure he will be able to enjoy it. We made a gravel spot next to our driveway to park the trailer. He backed it in fine but could not get the hitch off the ball of the truck. Our driveway runs down hill and the truck was up higher than the trailer. We could not get the hitch raised high enough to go over the ball and pull the truck away. He finally had to put the trailer in a different location, next to the house, which is in the grass. I hope it doesn't sink down into the grass so we can't get it out when we need to. I'm not sure if any of this made since to you; I don't know the right vocabulary or lingo to use. But does anyone have suggestions on what we can do differently or how we can make this better or even just a word of encouragement? He is pretty discouraged right now and I think if he could take it back and forget the whole thing, he would.


Ummm.....you could...ummmmm....bring it over to my house and.....ummmmmm.......store it. It...ummmm...may not be there when you get back, but would it be having a fun time. ;-)))))


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