The critical task of raising and lowering the front of the trailer may be accomplished with the help of a trailer tongue jack. A trailer tongue jack gives you the ability to connect and disconnect your trailer from the tow vehicle at your convenience. A trailer jack not only maintains the trailer level while it is detached from the vehicle to which it is attached, but it also helps to stabilize the trailer so that it may be loaded and unloaded when the trailer is parked.
How Does A Trailer Jack Work?
The first step is to secure the jack to the tongue of your trailer. There are two options for accomplishing this and you can either weld or bolt the jack on the frame of the tongue. Either of these two ways is completely safe.
The most essential thing is to ensure that it is adequately secured and bolted. You may need to remove the jack for a variety of reasons. Because jacks are made of iron, they rust easily so they must be lubricated on a regular basis. You may need to replace it at some time for reasons other than maintenance like using the jack on a different trailer. For these reasons, it is preferable to bolt it to the frame so that it may be easily removed.
After the jack has been attached to the frame, the following step is to locate a stable position for it on the ground. It stands to reason that the earth should be as flat as possible. The removal of a pin from its base and the subsequent allowing the leg of the jack to fall to the ground is a popular method for doing this. After it has been lowered to the desired position, the pin is used to secure it.
After the jack has been positioned such that it is balanced on the ground, the following step is to manually crank it up. You are going to proceed in this manner until the level of the hitch ball on the truck is reached by the tongue.
Next you need to get inside the vehicle and slowly back it up with the trailer tongue already cranked up and into position. Make sure you back up slowly so you don’t crash with the raised trailer. It is preferable to have someone guiding you. Slowly reverse the car until the hitch is precisely beneath the tongue.
Alternatively, if you have a jack with tires, it will make the operation much easier. You will still need to back up the vehicle once you have raised the trailer but you won’t have to position it perfectly.
It’s merely a matter of getting as close as possible to the trailer. When your tow vehicle is close enough, use the jack with the tire to roll the trailer up to the hitch.
At this point, you need to lower the jack until the tongue is properly positioned on the hitch. After the trailer has been secured in place on the hitch, the tongue latch should be secured to the ball of the hitch.
In the final step, the base of the jack should be raised off the ground and secured. If the jack is the type that can be rotated, you may rotate it so that it is lying horizontally and then secure it in that position. In such a case, you may simply retract it, check to see that it is far enough away from the level ground, and then leave it in that position.
Safety Tips When Using A Trailer Jack
There are safety guidelines to follow, just as there are for any mechanical task. This is necessary to safeguard your safety as well as the trailer and tow vehicle’s safety.
- There’s a chance of the trailer rolling off while you’re working on it, much as when you’re changing the tires on a car. As a result, we recommend using tire chocks on both sides of the trailer’s wheels.
- You must be certain of the load weight that the trailer will be carrying. If you’re not sure how much something weighs, you’ll need to weigh it on a scale. The weight of the load must be within the jack’s capacity. Otherwise, the jack may fail to sustain the load on it, resulting in the trailer colliding with you.
- It must not be a slope on which you are elevating the trailer. It is necessary for the ground to be level. In order for the trailer to be perfectly balanced, the weight on it must also be uniformly distributed. The jack might become unstable and the trailer could roll away if these safeguards are not taken.
- When backing up the towing vehicle, be cautious. Make sure the hitch is correctly aligned with the trailer tongue so your car does not get damaged. If you don’t align them perfectly or back up too fast, you might hit the trailer and scratch your car.
- Disconnect the cable linked to the negative charge of the towing vehicle’s battery if you’re using an electric jack. This is to keep you from getting electrocuted or causing harm to the electrical component.
Jacks are an essential part of your trailer equipment because they make positioning and stabilizing your trailer possible even on some slanted terrain. Knowing how trailer jacks work can help prepare proper hitching.