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Old 09-30-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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It's hard being a virgin!!!!

Well today I decided to park the new trailer. Just so happens it was raining. I thought I knew what I was doing but quickly found out I did not. The dealer installed a Reese dual piston sway bar kit. (I think thats what they called it.) Anyway I could not get the dang thing unhooked. I struggled with it for at least an hour maybe an hour and a half in the rain. Finally I got it but I am not sure I followed the proper sequence for unhooking it. Anyway just to echo the title, "It's hard being a virgin."
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:01 PM   #2
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I have walked in your shoes. And I did the hooking as well with much pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth.
Good luck the second time. It does get easier. A little.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:12 PM   #3
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I think we all have been there a time or Two, like I always say, You'll learn something new about RV's every time you go out
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:58 PM   #4
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jdandrson, you gotta picture or a link to the Reese system that you have ?? I have the dual cam setup, but have never heard of a Reese piston unit. Maybe some members here can make this less painful in the future if we know exactly what you have, and how you went about unhooking things.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:55 PM   #5
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It's hard being a virgin!!!!

mtnguy u r right it is a dual cam. Sorry I don't have the TT jargon down yet. I have gotten many request for pics. As soon as the rain to stops here on the Eastern Shore of MD I will take some and post them.
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What part was hard getting unhooked ?? If you use the tongue jack to lift the tongue and back end of the TV up (while the coupler and ball are connected), then it is easier to remove the chains from the snap-up brackets.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:19 PM   #7
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Well the tongue would not come off the ball. The hitch seemed to far back. The bars wouldn't let me move the the TV at all like you could with just a standard hook-up. I safely felt around and the lock was released off the ball but the very front a tight. Finally I got the bars off and the TV moved just enough to release the tongue.
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You have to remove the bars before unhitching. The bars actually put a downward pressure on the ball, so it is almost impossible for the coupler to disconnect.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:46 PM   #9
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Ok, sounds logical. What is the proper sequence then because what I did was wrong. If you look at my RV Virgins take delivery post you'll see that the dealer did not spend a lot of time with us.
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My method for unhooking the trailer: Before opening the coupler lever, wind the tongue jack down on a block of wood, then wind the jack down another 20 or so turns, lifting the tongue and the back of the TV. Very carefully using the cheater bar, release the chains from the snap up bracket.....if it seems too hard, then you might need to raise the tongue a little more. After releasing the spring bars, retract the tongue jack (lowering the tongue) about the same number of turns used to put it down. Unhook the safety chains, electrical umbilical, and emergency brake cable. Release the coupler, and again raise the tongue (extending the tongue jack). If the ball seems to still be hung up, I sometimes need to move the TV ever so carefully back or forth to get the coupler and ball to release.

Be really careful when using the cheater bar when releasing the chains on the snap up bracket.......if you haven't lifted the tongue enough, then that puppy can be really hard to handle.

Do it all in reverse to hook up. Hitch up, making sure the coupler lever is down, hook up the safety chains, electrical umbilical, emergency brake cable, then jack the tongue and rear of the TV up in the air 20 or so cranks. If the chains are still hard to snap-up, you might have to raise the tongue a little more. After the chains are connected, retract the tongue jack and you are ready to go camping.
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