Originally Posted by Mrs. Bale
I am towing a 20' Safari with a 2008 Durango and use a hitch with WD bars. I was taught to put them on by hitching up to the TV and then using the tongue jack to lift both the AS and the TV up high enough to provide adequate slack to connect the bars. Two questions: 1) any danger of damage to my Durango or hitch receiver by doing this? 2) won't this eventually burn out my electric tongue jack? These are the kinds of things that keep me awake at night.
This is the bit that me and Mrs Toad dislike most about towing. It's horrible to see your car jacked up like that and it didn't help that the very first time we went to unhitch, the jack's fuse blew. (It hasn't blown again so I can only assume it was a bad fuse).
Somebody on here did post an alternative method, which I can't quite recall at the moment, but it didn't work for us.
So, we have a collective wince each time we have to lift the vehicle on the jack but hey, not only is this the method described in the Airstream manuals, it really does work.
By the by, our weight distribution package is set to perfection (says this satisfied Can Am RV customer).