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Old 01-08-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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Another thing - at least for newer Airstreams (dont know about '92) the jack includes a removable foot, which slips over the bottom of the jack post. It's about 6" tall. Certainly if I didn't have that, I'd never get it off the truck.
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:24 PM   #16
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Last choice...pull the pin on the stinger....drive the truck away....make sure the Airstream is chocked...the hitch ball and stinger will stay with the Airstream.....you now have you truck back and you can investigate the hitch and its adjustments.

PS don't leave the elec cord hooked to the truck overnight. You may end up with a dead truck battery on top of all else.
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:27 PM   #17
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Does having this problem mean we probably had way too much tongue weight, as I suspect?
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:29 PM   #18
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We were working with trailer securely chocked. I feel stupid - but I'm not completely. But I so appreciate every word from you experienced guys.
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #19
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not 2 worry, nun of us aren't completely stOOOOped or totally wize.

the tongue weight and IF it's too much for the truck shouldn't be a factor.

as the tongue jack raises the A frame, ALL of the tongue weight is removed from the truck.

but the latch could be stuck, the ball stuck on the retention clip inside the cup,

or the trailer may simply not be RAISED enough yet to come off.

the first post suggest the truck is tALL

so you may need to retract the jack fully and add something 4-6 inches under the base.

but this is a useless suggestion without some pics or more info.

while one can simply pull the pin and drag the truck loose as melody suggests...

this might also bend the tongue jack or bury the stand or drop the tongue on the ground...

again mistakes happen in the dark, when confused or hurried or when dealing with new stuff.

so please be safe.

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Old 01-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #20
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This is Ray, the problem seems to be that the jack just runs out of power and won't lift the tongue off the hitch with only the umbilical powering it. It sometimes will only rise an inch or less when under load (trying to lift trailer off hitch). I plan to first attach to shore power to see if that will give enough power to lift the trailer off the ball, if not, then I plan to use my truck's hydraulic jack to get it hopefully off the ball. The electric jack rises when assisted by the truck jack. Either way, I WILL GET THAT SUCKER OFF!!! I'm frustrated at this point because the jack just doesn't seem to be able to do the job like I think it should. Luckily, we're not at a campground somewhere off from home and having this problem. I really appreciate any and all suggestions because I am a newbie and maybe just don't understand what I may be doing wrong. I even stood on the truck hitch and tried the jack to lift the tongue off the ball, but even that didn't work. I was able to force the anti-sway torsion bars off the hitch. BTW the hitch is an equalizer e2 with round bars. Please give me any and all ideas - I am done for tonight, but will be working hard tomorrow to get this rig apart, if we're not snowed out!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #21
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This is Ray, the problem seems to be that the jack just runs out of power and won't lift the tongue off the hitch with only the umbilical powering it. It sometimes will only rise an inch or less when under load (trying to lift trailer off hitch). I plan to first attach to shore power to see if that will give enough power to lift the trailer off the ball, if not, then I plan to use my truck's hydraulic jack to get it hopefully off the ball. The electric jack rises when assisted by the truck jack. Either way, I WILL GET THAT SUCKER OFF!!! I'm frustrated at this point because the jack just doesn't seem to be able to do the job like I think it should. Luckily, we're not at a campground somewhere off from home and having this problem. I really appreciate any and all suggestions because I am a newbie and maybe just don't understand what I may be doing wrong. I even stood on the truck hitch and tried the jack to lift the tongue off the ball, but even that didn't work. I was able to force the anti-sway torsion bars off the hitch. BTW the hitch is an equalizer e2 with round bars. Please give me any and all ideas - I am done for tonight, but will be working hard tomorrow to get this rig apart, if we're not snowed out!!
I had same problem with my 77. The latch is a bit diff than I was use to. You have to slide it forward then pull up. Your jack is running low because it can't pick up the back of your truck and the front of the airstream. Just check the latch. On the airstream. Remember slide it then pull!
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Try rocking back/forth an inch or two...also open the coupler and jump up/down on the bumper.

This is not unusual...a little kick to unload the coupler should do it...

(put down the sledge hammer..that will do more damage than good)

Keep the umbilical plugged to the TV if you need extra juice.

Consider yourself lucky...your first lesson happened while static.

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Just remember to Be Safe as this is how accidents can occur...

I'm sure when you come back to it in the morning you will be successful - please don't forget to post how you solved your issues so it can be added to this forums database of knowledge for others to search!!!

Good Luck!!!
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I've found it sometimes helps to have someone sit in the truck and put it in neutral, being ready to put on the brake if the truck rolls.
Putting the TV in neutral takes the tension off if it's jammed tight in park against the ball.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:23 PM   #25
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Carol again

Ray has resumed his seat in front of the TV!
I cannot wait to get to know some of you. What a great bunch of people!

We're going to try everything ya'll suggested. Melody, you're a gal after my own heart. I was about to unhook everything and get in that big ole
Red truck and YANK it out from under 'er! LOL.. The truck is on gravel, so I would have made quite a stir with my diesel and my gravel. They'd know I was there.

I'm not shy. Ray is very quiet. Opposites attract, they say. Oh, well.

First thing in the morning, if it isn't snowing like crazy, we're going out there and with all ya'll's experience and ideas, get that trailer off.

We will definitely post how it came out, because I looked and couldn't find anyone else who got stuck to their trailer. LOL It is a little funny, and we are lucky we were home and not out in the campground with no groceries!
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:38 PM   #26
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Don't the electric jacks also have a manual back-up handle? (In case it's a battery power issue. I've never had electric lift)
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Don't the electric jacks also have a manual back-up handle? (In case it's a battery power issue. I've never had electric lift)
Yes they do...
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