Camping is fun but there’s always some element of surprise. On our most recent trip, the surprise came when we were setting up, and I suddenly found an important part of the trailer buried in the dirt.
The tongue jack is an important part of any trailer. It is basically a pipe that runs vertically that provides support to the front of the trailer after it’s disconnected, and it can be moved up or down so that the trailer sits level. A high level overview of the procedure is that you lower your tongue jack onto a piece of wood that sits on the ground, which then disconnects the trailer from the tow vehicle by pushing the ball upward.
This has worked flawlessly every single time…except just recently.
I had the trailer in position, had the wood on the ground, had the tongue jack on the wood and was raising the trailer. For some reason the ball wasn’t coming out of the socket, so I did what I’ve done a few other times, and put a little weight on the back of the car. This typically pushes the ball down enough to pop it loose…which it did this time except that for some reason a lot more force went into it than normal.