Do you know how to unhitch travel trailer safely? Whereas hitching the trailer can pose its own challenge and obstacle, the same thing also happens when you unhitch it. Unfortunately, a lot of people often underestimate such a thing – thinking that unhitch the trailer is easier than hitching it. The reality is, both processes and procedures require careful management and arrangement. You need to make sure that everything is done properly and correctly. Otherwise, you will only hurt yourself and put yourself at greater risk.
Problems with the Unhitching
Whether you are hitching or unhitching a trailer, both of the processes require meticulous and careful processes. You can’t underestimate it, thinking that it will be easier than the hitching. Although you need someone to supervise you doing the unhitching, it doesn’t always mean that you always need someone. You can do it by yourself although you need to be extra careful and thorough when doing such a thing.
The Step by Step Process
So, how to unhitch travel trailer safely without risking yourself?
- Choose a site. It would be great if you can choose a level one so there won’t be any drastic height differences between the vehicle and the trailer
- Make sure that your area is level from side to side. Use wooden planks or blocks (preferably with the size of 6 x 2 inches) under the wheels of your trailer. Here’s the tip to arrange the planks or blocks: place them forward the wheels and also the trailer onto the planks
- Chock your wheels so they won’t accidentally roll on their own
- Disconnect the towing vehicle’s electrical cables or cords
- After doing so, disconnect the safety chains. Afterward, disconnect and remove the breakaway cable
- Raise or lift the tongue so it would be high enough to receive the burden and weight from the spring
- Remove and take away the sway bar. Make sure that you have placed the safety clips within the bar so it won’t be loose
- Take away the clips (safety clips, mind you) from the snap up brackets
- By using a lever pipe, lower the bracket and then release its chain. You need to be extra careful when doing this. The lever can suddenly jerk out off your hands if the spring bars still have much weight. The best thing that you can do is to lift the tongue (make sure that it is high enough) so the spring bar tension can be relieved
- You can put the weight on the hitching ball by lowering the tongue of the trailer
- Unlock and remove the latch coupler mechanism
- Afterward, lift the trailer tongue up so the coupler will be clear off from the hitch ball
- Now, carefully drive the towing vehicle forward – moving away from the trailer’s tongue. Just take your time and don’t rush things
- Make sure that the front and also the rear side of the trailer is level by using the special tongue jack
- Use the stabilizing jacks to lower it down
The process of how to unhitch travel trailer safely can be dangerous, so you want to get prepared. There are some things that you can do:
- Make sure that you lubricate the parts. You can use the grease gun or the regular spray lubricant. When all parts are properly lubricated, it makes the process (unhitch or hitch) easier.
- Make the checklist. Trust me, it will make the process and the stage easier.
- Rubber blocks can offer the best protection and safety so you won’t have to worry about a thing
- Pain medication – just in case if you hurt yourself or you strain the muscles
- Now that you already know the stages and some handy tips of how to unhitch travel trailer safely, the overall procedure isn’t too difficult.