If you own an RV and use it infrequently over a couple of years, things are bound to break. Adjustments are necessary, even if things were working perfectly “the last time you used it.”
Ask me what happens when you get the leaf springs in your truck replaced. What? The back of your car gets higher. And what does that mean for your trailer? It needs to crank up higher to hook up to your hitch.
21 inches on the Jeep now. My jack couldn’t cut it. And no amount of raising blocks underneath the jack stand would give me the height I needed.
So I tried adjusting the hitch – making it lower to match the old height of the trailer. Advice: if you have a rusty old jack that has trouble cranking in the first place, address THAT problem FIRST. What will happen is, you’ll mess around with your adjustable hitch and then your jack will break, and then your trailer will be stuck permanently to your car because you don’t carry a spare jack around with you. And then all your adjustable hitch work was for naught.
Where does one go for a new jack? Well… You can order them on Amazon, as long as you think you can install it yourself and you’re not in a same-day rush. It should be a pretty easy install – 3 bolts and maybe some grinding off of the old bottom tube to get the old jack out. YouTube helps. Make sure you buy a jack rated for the weight of your trailer.
Now, if you’re me, and you’re trying to get home for Christmas, then you need same day service. Thus begins my first adventure to… Camping World!
Camping World is a national chain of RV parts and sales megastores. They have EVERYTHING. They even had a very specific a-frame jack that I needed. (Most new trailer jacks are 2.25 inches in circumference. My old jack was only 2 inches in circumference. Luckily, my trailer is small, and several of the new 1000 lb-rated jacks will fit the smaller hole. If you have a heavier vintage trailer, you might be looking at enlarging the existing hole in the frame of your trailer for a new jack to fit.) If you have a GoodSam membership, Camping World will give you discounts on their retail merchandise. Service prices there are reasonable, and they were able to squeeze me in under short notice. Note, however, that December is not “trailer season” and they were not very busy.
If you are stuck there for a couple of hours, you can enjoy dream RV shopping and ridiculous Christmas gift ideas. They have a whole slew of RV’s for sale – everything from a maze of pop up campers to 3 axle double deck toy haulers with gourmet kitchens. (I think I must be camping wrong.)
On my more practical Christmas list from Camping World: Honda generators, whisks that are also tongs, a laundry rack that fits over a ladder, a roll up water hose, and a happy camper cotton t-shirt.
On my less practical, slightly ridiculous Christmas list: pink flamingos, string lights in hotdog and watermelon shapes, egg, toast and potato cooker novelties, patriotic salt shakers, and a car horn that makes 69 different sounds, including animal noises. Yes, 69, because 68 wasn’t enough. I’m not entirely sure why someone would want a bleating sheep as their car’s horn, but for the low low price of $44.99, how could one resist?
After a short wait, Lola’s jack was replaced. Everyone at Camping World was lovely. They allow pets to roam the store with their owners, which was a nice change for Niko and Monty who had a chance to do some of their Christmas shopping.
Merry Christmas, Lola! I hope you like your new jack!