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TomG2

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Posted: 06/23/20 12:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I read that you are still cranking up and down. Electric tongue jacks should be standard equipment and reduce the work by half.

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Posted: 06/24/20 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GrandpaKip wrote:

Short answer—no.
However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes.
Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required.


I agree, that and a electric jack too

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

GrandpaKip wrote:

Short answer—no.
However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes.
Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required.


I agree, that and a electric jack too

Yep. I love my electric jack. Gotten so spoiled I’ve often wished I had one on the boat trailers.


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Skelshy wrote:

It may not sounds like a lot. But on a weekend trip, time really counts.

That entire process takes me about 4 minutes... with my 5 year old "helping" me. The only other faster method is a motorhome where you don't have a toad.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

Short answer—no.
However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes.
Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required.


I second the Andersen. I have used a drawtite in the past and hated the spring bars. On my light trailer, I am wanting the sway control more than weight distribution. Quick and easy hook-up.


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Posted: 07/01/20 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Slow down and enjoy the process!!

This is part of the ritual of going camping to me! Towing is one of my favorite parts!!

If you do not have an electric tongue jack please get one, they are a game change for sure!

Also, I don't have a back up camera so practice backing up and find reference points in your mirrors that can help you. Of course, I have a Tahoe and my Tahoe has a hump directly in the middle of the rear hatch for the rear windshield wiper. Just find your reference point and go for it.

Thanks and JMHO!

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One thing I learned is that instead of backing into the ball and trying to get it perfect the first time and most likely missing and trying again multiple times is I just back up slowly with the tongue slightly higher than it needs to be and stop about a foot before the tongue, walk back to it to see what adjustments I need to do with steering or the tongue itself and then continue to back in slowly. I go back to the tongue how many times I feel necessary. Although I'm walking back and forth it's less frustrating to me than trying to get the ball in perfectly without getting out of the TV and failing multiple times. If you have a parking brake it shouldn't be too time consuming.

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jerem0621 wrote:

Slow down and enjoy the process!!

This is part of the ritual of going camping to me! Towing is one of my favorite parts!!

If you do not have an electric tongue jack please get one, they are a game change for sure!

Also, I don't have a back up camera so practice backing up and find reference points in your mirrors that can help you. Of course, I have a Tahoe and my Tahoe has a hump directly in the middle of the rear hatch for the rear windshield wiper. Just find your reference point and go for it.

Thanks and JMHO!

Jeremiah


This works as well. If the tail gate handle bolts on a pickup are visible they are usually a pretty good center reference point.

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Posted: 07/13/20 11:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the Andersen for the easier hookup and set up. I had a ProPride, love the tow hated hooking up so much got rid of it when I got my new truck.

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Posted: 07/14/20 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Teach the little woman how to do it.
Problem solved, no out of pocket expense!

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