Connecting the car to the camper

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  1. Jan Cristo

    Jan Cristo New Member

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    How to say this when I don't know the correct names of these things. There is a hitch on the car with a ball on top. I have the connector doodle on the camper. I have a wheel that stays on the camper thingie when we are parked. My question is: how do I get the wheel on and off, what kind of jack do I need or what is the correct way to do it?
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    Why do you want the wheel off?
     
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    I don't know. My husband thought it should come off. If this isn't right we'd both love to know the ins and outs of it!
     
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    From now on I'm going to call it the "connector doodle" lol

    The wheel on our jack comes off with a pin, but it's pretty obvious so I don't think you would have missed that. We need to take it off for proper ground clearance while towing.
     
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    The trailer thingie (female side that cups around the hitch ball) is called a coupler

    The hitch consists of the ball and the shank which goes into the receiver on the car.

    As for the wheel, some jacks have a removeable foot/wheel that can be swapped in as preferred but most just stay attached and either rotate up (side jack) or raise up (jack in Center hole of coupler)
     
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    If you are not getting sufficient ground clearance get a hitch with more rise or flip the existing hitch upside down (redoing the ball of course).
     
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    Yup. And try to ride as close to level as possible, barring all other factors. I run a 2-inch rise (shank curves up with ball above)
     
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    Thank you all so much. And thanks particularly for not shaming me for my lack of vocabulary! The problem is solved (I think).
     
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    Pics?
     
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    Unless that makes it lower.
     
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    How do you stow the wheel jack when in travel?
    Does it pull up and lock with a lever or does it tilt up by pulling a pin and rotating it?
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    The whole bar when the mini wheel raises on ours, the wheel doesn't come off. There is a pin holding it in place (I think) and you pull that out and push it up.
     
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    sleach A short run will get you within walking distance.

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    Jan, never be afraid to ask a question on this forum. We all learned these things from others. I am personally very thankful to all the folks who helped us out starting in 2012.
     
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    Our tongue jack only goes up and down, does not swivel up. We crank ours up and remove the wheel. Some come with a pin through the wheel and jack pipe, ours has a nub on the wheel portion that slides into the tongue jack and goes up and rotates slightly to lock it into place. Removes in a similar manner. We remove the wheel wheel towing because even up all the way, the wheel sits down some and could easily get hit or sheared off. It only takes a couple of seconds to remove it or put it back on.
     
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    Shaming? That was one of the most entertaining posts I've read in a long time. Hang in there. You'll figure it out as you go along.

    Remember, the worst day camping is better than the best day at work! ;)
     
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