Most campgrounds shut down by early Oct and all of them by late Oct up here.
We wanted to go out one more time and were able to score a spot at one of the campgrounds overlooking the river where we could watch the ships.
20 minutes from watching the ships.
I back in, little crooked so I pull out and get it straight. Little too far back so I pull forward. Do a walk about and realize I'm too close to a tree for one of the slide-outs. (Not used to slide-outs). Do it all over again and finally get it right.
15 minutes from watching the ships.
Loosely (remember that part) chock the wheels on the drivers side, hook up the water and elec so Shirley can run the slide-outs out and get the inside ready. (She does the inside, I do the outside).
10 minutes from watching the ships.
I go to run the tongue jack down, and it won't budge. It wants to, but won't go. I dig out the hand crank thinking it's stuck and I can give it a nudge. Nope, won't budge. At all. I put some muscle behind the crank and feel a movement. But it don't feel right. I pull the crank out and find I'm twisting the shaft.
The countdown timer on watching ships has stopped.
I need a way to get the truck and the TT apart. The only thing I have is the scissor jack from the truck. Put it under the tongue jack plate, and it works!
10 minutes from watching the ships!
Get the truck unhooked, the TT level, stabilizers lowered, chairs, firewood and all the stuff out and ready.
Now we're watching ships!
Remember that chock I 'loosely' set? Well, about 10:30 that night, the whole TT shifted forward. Off the scissor jack. (Did I not run the front stabilizer down all the way? I thought I did!) The action bent the front stabilizer back at a 45 deg angle.
I don't care about ships.
Now what to do. If I can get everything high enough, I can hook back on to the truck for the night. But how. The jack is now resting on the ground.
I use the scissor jack under the frame to get it as high as I could but was 6" short. I needed to somehow get the scissor jack under the tongue jack.
Disclaimer: Do NOT try this unless it's late at night, everything is closed, you're miles from home, you have no other options and you know how to pray. Being an idiot doesn't hurt.
The ONLY thing I had that would fit was a piece of slab firewood. Ok, take a moment to let that sink in. I'll wait.
I put that under the tongue and started praying as I lowered the scissor jack. All 1100 lbs of tongue weight one one 2" thick piece of wood.
Fortunately, God felt sorry for this fool as I was able to get the scissor jack under the tongue jack and get it lifted high enough to hook back onto the truck.
Sleep time. Screw the ships.
Morning and I survey the damage. I come up with a plan which involves setting the chock TIGHT, using the scissor jack to unhook the truck and going 40 minutes home to get tools and a floor jack.
Return and hook the truck up to the TT so I can work under it safely. Take off the braces that are bent and reef the stabilizer frame back into place using a mongo pair of channelocks I own. Get the braces straightened at the local hardware, and pick up new bolts to replace the bent ones.
Replace everything, and IT WORKS! Using the scissor jack and a floor jack for the rest of the weekend.
Watching ships and doing geocaching.
Came home on Sunday. Didn't unhook. Took the TT to the dealer on Monday. This is not a big dealership. They also sell cars and trucks. The tech told me this is the 5th jack they've had problems with!
Replacement of the jack was "Free". Only cost me 320miles, 1 tank of gas and $24 bridge and a total time of 12 hrs for two round trips to drop it off and pick it up 10 days later.