Getting hitched is not to be taken lightly. It’s serious business, and a time to reflect on what’s really important, and then to act in a correct, determined and focussed manner to assure a successful and happy outcome.
Not doing it correctly could lead to problems. I’ll ‘fess up. Shortly after hitching up, I slowly pulled the trailer forward a few inches and felt and heard the thud of the hitch jack as it moved off of the thin wood pad onto the concrete driveway. I had forgotten to raise the electric jack. Fortunately, no harm was done, but it scared me into thinking about how to prevent what could be a costly omission in the future.
Early on, I developed a number of trailer protocols and checklists (including hitching and unhitching). But as time went on, I tended to do, what were becoming to be, “routine tasks” by rote. But all it takes is one brief distraction and a critical step could be omitted. So this season, I have built into my routine a way of reminding me to do certain critical tasks. For example, when I’m about to hitch up, I remove all of the specific tools and items required from the hitch box at the outset. When each task is done, the related tool goes back into the hitch box. The trailer is not moved until all tools and items are back in the box, and we both do a walk-around inspection, and check lights and signals.
Four of my essential tools seen in the above photo remind me to do certain things. The stabilizer crank reminds me to raise the stabilizers (done first when hitching up). Next to that is the tool that helps me to place the Equal-i-zer sway bars onto the brackets on the A-frame. The rubber mallet reminds me to knock off the jack foot when the electric hitch is raised. And the wheel chock wrench reminds me to remove the chocks.
Other useful items seen in this picture include the Husky Universal Coupler Lock #39594, rubber cover for the greasy hitch ball, tube of white lithium grease, and Gojo Natural Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner (which comes in handy with all that grease around).
Those Equal-i-zer sway bars also get greasy, so Larry made lightweight tubes for them when they are not in use.
Also seen in the above picture is the flag pole stand under the jack post. We often use this stand under campsite tables as well.
So that’s how we get hitched… oh, there is one more view…
In the meantime, during these dog days of summer, we’ll stay home and enjoy the house air conditioning. (Our local state beach campgrounds are mostly booked until after Labor Day, when we plan to return to our favorite beach campground.)
We will use the time to catch up on various projects, including playing and listening to the ukulele.
It looks like you guys are real pro’s about getting hitched…I have to say, it is a process that one should not take lightly, as if it goes wrong…there are a lot of repercussions (and if Rich was here, you know he’d say something about a pre-nup…JOE!!!) And, I just love your idea about taking out the tools and not being done until they’re all put away…that is the perfect way to know that you probably have remembered to do everything you needed to!
Enjoy your air conditioning…it has been quite cool here lately, and very wet with all the rain we’ve been having…it’s been a joy this summer so far…
Ah, getting hitched: something best done with forethought, concentration, and commitment. Looks like you’ve done a good job. And of course you’ve chosen the right partner to get hitched to … an Airstream! May you enjoy many happy years together. 😉