Hitching up the trailer…..It’s 8am and I need to get Ms. Daisy down to Les Schwab for a tire check and possible ‘pack wheel bearings’. I have only driven her once, back from the original purchase (Post Falls, Idaho) so I am nervous. I need to hitch her up and don’t know how….so I hit the internet..not a lot of help there. I did know that you place it on the ball but where do you hook the chains? So I went out to give it a try…..
..first I raised the hitch up higher than the ball on the truck.
Whoa….not too bad for a first try…
Ok, that’s dead on….just go back a bit more….
Not so easy without a spotter but still not too bad!
Hey! I pulled forward just a bit (and here is where I made my mistake). Be sure and hook up the electrical for brake lights, etc. Check to make sure they are working, as well as blinkers.
If you look closely, you will see the area where the chains are crossing (don’t do this btw)…let them cross under the hitch, at this point, having hooked the chains to the truck and then raising the stand, I thought I was good to go. I drove out of my field down the driveway just a bit and stopped to see, if I could get my neighbor to check it out (just to make sure!). Good thing I did, THE HITCH WAS NOT FIRMLY PLACED IN THE BALL. It was on but not down all the way, the chains were not in the way but with them below the ball, I could see the coupling better.
I was so glad it was a holiday weekend as traffic was light going on to LS and two appointments didn’t show so they were able to pack the bearings right then!! I had to unhitch again but this time I learned some little tricks from the (10 year old…they sure look young these days…ha!) working there.
Twist the chains to shorten them enough so they don’t drag on the ground! How easy is that? Hey, and another attendee asked me how many times I was going to back it up until I got help….well, silly old me (I CAN DO IT MYSELF!)…it’s a lot easier with a spotter!
It’s a silly thing but I was on cloud nine the rest of the day!