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Old 06-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Made it through our first trip...with a few issues

Memorial Day weekend was our first trip out with the Freedom 2270...and our first RV trip ever. It was great to have heat and dryness as all of the other Cub Scout families suffered through wet and cold nights in their tents. It was a 'dry camp', but the furnace and frig worked great with no issues. The battery held up great...even with the lights on for the kids to read. The only issue...but kind of a major one at that...was losing the trailer on a speed bump at the state park. My TV is a 2 wheel drive it sits lower than most. I had been thinking about reversing the ball on the receiver but hadn't got around to it. The A-frame jack was retracted all the way, but it did look a bit low. Getting to the park wasn't a problem, but on the way out, the jack didn't clear one of those mammoth rubber speed bumps...coupled with the fact that we hadn't seated the hitch of course popped off. Fortunately, we were going very it was a rapid recovery with damage only to the jack base...and the speed bump. As soon as I got home, I rotated the ball 180 which gives me another 2.5" of height...and bought a new jack that retracts a bit more....and we are good to go for the next weekend...with a few valuable lessons learned.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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Maybe you need a different ball mount? Are you level when hooked up? I use a different ball mount when I tow with the Ford F150 to the Nissan Titan (one truck taller than the other) and another ball mount for my SUV. Rather than switch the ball around, each vehicle has its own set up for the trailer. Sounds like you still need more rise than what you currently are using?


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Old 06-03-2013, 04:06 AM   #3
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Do your PUPs have safety chains that secure your PUP draw bars to your tow vehicle's tongue regardles of the tow ball? I am glad your damage was minimal.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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A lock for the hitch coupler is always a good investment. Good thing it wasn't a pot hole on the highway and a real good thing no one got hurt.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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Are you using a 2" ball or 2 5/16 ball?
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