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Old 10-06-2018, 08:09 AM   #1
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Think I'll have a problem....

It rained "just a little bit" last night....a literal gully washer. This should be a fun hitching exercise. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-06-2018, 08:30 AM   #2
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Yikes! Between the sinking of the trailer in to the mud and the new gulley in the drive - I agree youíre in for a heck of a hitch up. Do you have enough solid ground under the jack to get lift? If you have that, adjusting the jacks to tilt the head as needed will make this a bit easier - assuming your stabilizers didnít get buried under the shifting soil...

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Old 10-06-2018, 08:46 AM   #3
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Looking at pictures sometimes will fake you out. That said, the jack foot and stabilizers all seem to be on top of the ground. At least you won't have to dig them out. The road in front of the trailer indeed took a hit. A shovel would be a good start there ...

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Old 10-06-2018, 08:49 AM   #4
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Yikes! Between the sinking of the trailer in to the mud and the new gulley in the drive - I agree youíre in for a heck of a hitch up. Do you have enough solid ground under the jack to get lift? If you have that, adjusting the jacks to tilt the head as needed will make this a bit easier - assuming your stabilizers didnít get buried under the shifting soil...

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Yeah, it solid under the jack and wheels, so far. More big rain coming. North of iowa city. It just going to be a very changing compound angle while entering the head. Gully is just about the same distance from the head a axle to receiver!
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:08 AM   #5
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Get a shovel and smooth out your approach.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:11 AM   #6
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Yeah, I carry a small folding army shovel for just this reason. I'll see if the cg has a tractor with blade. Since its on a hilside, this cant be uncommon.
I'll probably have to sacrifice some Lego blocks too.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:26 AM   #7
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2x8 always under jack pad.......?????
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:30 AM   #8
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2x8 always under jack pad.......?????
Not sure what you mean?? I have the big AS aluminum plate under jack post
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:20 AM   #9
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Guess I'm not really seeing a problem? At least with my setup, I've come across this type of thing and it's never been an issue?

Is the rut something your tow vehicle will have trouble traversing? Traction?

Is it a propride hitch alignment issue where they will be on different planes making hitch up harder with the stinger?
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:25 AM   #10
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Hensley, but yes. Pics dont show the severity if issue. Rear wheels will be in rut, about 8" deep. Front of TV will be about 12" higher than hitch mouth. Whole setup will be a good 8" off side to side. AS is on 4 legos on curb side. Itll be interesting. Radical change on all planes while entering head mouth with stinger.
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I do have a wireless magnetic camera I place on stinger. That'll help some.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:35 AM   #12
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I understand now. Wish you the best in getting her out!

I often boondocks on wildly cambered and irregular sites. So this type of thing is not uncommon to me.

Makes me think why normal hitches use a ball, such that coupling up at odd angles is never a concern.
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I understand now. Wish you the best in getting her out!

I often boondocks on wildly cambered and irregular sites. So this type of thing is not uncommon to me.

Makes me think why normal hitches use a ball, such that coupling up at odd angles is never a concern.
Well, bro-in-law had trouble getting the bars off his equalizer too.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:50 AM   #14
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Yes, anti sway and WD components can often get in the way when "off roading". The forces get pretty huge too as they are there to resist articulation.

I actually do also run an equilizer. I'll remove the WD bars first if I'm getting into something requiring articulation. In your type of case, I will usually pull her out, then fit the WD bars when back on level ground.

Don't mean to distract from your situation. Can you just fit the stinger first to pull out then apply WD? I don't have a Hensley.
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Yes, I'm not concerned with getting out, and working wd later. Getting the stinger into the head will be hard. Patience, planning and thought will be needed.
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4 wd low will be my friend, for those who think they will never need it
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4 wd low will be my friend, for those who think they will never need it


I had to use 4WD low to disconnect when I got here (wet fair grounds and on a slope front to back where my pro pride is flat on the ground and we still are angled a bit downward toward the rear...). And itís wet again today. May or may not dry out by Monday morning when we leave. But if a problem, Iím thinking I can hitch and back up until more level then pull out w/4WD low over the wet, muddy, rutted field....love a challenge (of course, if it doesnít go well, youíll hear my ďsailorís soliloquyĒ wherever you are....
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:18 AM   #18
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Glad you have it! I use low range more than half the time. It's just so much more controlled when dealing with irregular surfaces. No lurching, just precise controlled maneuvering, rut or not.
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Got it out. Took about a half hour, a lot of brain cells and 8 Lego blocks in the rut and under the truck rear wheel. Got the stinger in up to about half way up the ramps and pulled it the rest of the way with the over center cams. 4wd low was absolutely necessary in this case.
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Nicely done. Glad you got her out. I've had my share of challenges and I look at them as part of the adventure.
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