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Old 10-06-2015, 09:40 PM   #1261
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I think it's easy to use a bottle jack and block of wood under the stinger inserted into the hitch head and with over-center latched, no truck receiver connection. No need to raise stabilizers.

1) Put bottle jack and block of wood under the stinger near the hitch head and pump up bottle jack so they support the hitch.

2) Unlatch the ball coupler. (Do not put your feet or arms under the hitch just in case it falls for some reason)

3) Lower the bottle jack slowly by releasing some hydraulic pressure, stopping when you have plenty of clearance to clean and grease the ball and coupler.

4) When greased, pump the bottle jack to raise the ball back into the coupler. Latch (I put on a padlock), remove the jack and stinger and store, and you're done.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:24 PM   #1262
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I think it's easy to use a bottle jack and block of wood under the stinger inserted into the hitch head and with over-center latched, no truck receiver connection. No need to raise stabilizers.

1) Put bottle jack and block of wood under the stinger near the hitch head and pump up bottle jack so they support the hitch.

2) Unlatch the ball coupler. (Do not put your feet or arms under the hitch just in case it falls for some reason)

3) Lower the bottle jack slowly by releasing some hydraulic pressure, stopping when you have plenty of clearance to clean and grease the ball and coupler.

4) When greased, pump the bottle jack to raise the ball back into the coupler. Latch (I put on a padlock), remove the jack and stinger and store, and you're done.
I use this method, except I use a rolling floor jack. I believe its wider platform and base makes everything a bit more stable.

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Old 10-07-2015, 10:57 AM   #1263
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Bottle jack, trolley jack or TV, all workable methods. I have a trolley jack so I would probably do it that way. I do think the safest way however is to use the TV to support the head - no potential for it to fall in your toes! The head is heavy enough to do some damage.

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Old 10-07-2015, 12:57 PM   #1264
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A reason I did not raise the hitch head with the tongue jack while hooked up to the truck's receiver to grease the ball is because there is often a little sidewall twist tension on the tires when parked. I thought when releasing the coupler latch the trailer tongue may move to the side trying to release that twist on the tires, and very difficult to get it realigned and coupled back up. Could this be a problem?
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:15 PM   #1265
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I appreciate the trouble shooting and understand and I'm still following. Thanks
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:57 PM   #1266
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:05 PM   #1267
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a long ride from San Diego. ......
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:35 AM   #1268
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With the trailer detached in storage with the wheels chocked, I built a two layer stack of four 16" 4x6 boards (I carry six of these from one 8' board for the stabilizers when on unlevel ground) and lowered the PP to rest on the stack. I unlocked the ball lock and raised the trailer using the electric jack to clear the ball and then put two jack stands under the frame. Cleaned and greased the ball and socket and reversed the process. Nothing else had to be disassembled.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:49 AM   #1269
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$39 floor jack from Harbor Freight. Block of wood on top. Put it under the PP, unlatch, lower, grease, hook it back up. 5 minutes (quicker if you have a NASCAR crew, 30 seconds or less).
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Thanks gentlemen. I think I get it now. ☺
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:49 PM   #1271
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SteveSueMac, the popping may be the receiver end of your stinger that slides into the receiver in your TV. I was chasing a very disconcerting noise for a few months. Thought it was the jack sleeves, greased them, thought it was the straps down from the jacks to the WD bars, greased those. It ended up being the stinger in my receiver. If it has some free play side to side or up and down it will make noise even with a large amount of WD load applied. I made some shims to take out the play. Prior to doing this I would always get a load pop pulling away after hitching up and then noise making turns, particularly if the turn was sharp.

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Thanks. When hitching up for our trip this weekend I have the stinger a left/right up/down shake in the receiver and was amazed at the amount of slop in there! I only heard one or two pops on our trip to MA but will have a look at some shims or a hitch lock gizmo for next season (this is our last outing this year &#128542.
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Wow, so much information in this thread. Yes I read every post over the course of a week!

I have my 3P hitch sat inside the house and will install next week, this thread has been a great primer
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Have a floor jack, a small bottle jack, and a few short pieces of 2x4 handy along with the other tools needed.


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We installed by just grabbing and lifting.. two of us.. we both lifted then snapped the latch closed... Of course using a 'floor jack' will be good as long as someone helps stabilize it..

Remember, you are only lifting the 'head' without the bars attached.. try it.. see if you can pick up only the head of the PP... then have friend snap the latch.
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