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Hammerboy

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Posted: 06/07/20 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this is nothing exciting but its a little slow around here plus this is a handy trick for those of us who do not have the self leveling option with the hitch height memory. Anyway I keep a pair of these pull type (not ratchet) straps in the fifth wheel and when I unhitch I simply hang this on the pin box and pull the strap until it just touches the ground BEFORE I raise or lower for leveling. When we are ready to leave I simply rehang it back and raise or lower it until it just touches the ground again and we have the exact height where we unhitched. Again nothing exciting but a simple, quick and effective trick.

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* This post was edited 06/08/20 08:19pm by Hammerboy *


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Posted: 06/07/20 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Dan,

Thats a GREAT, easy idea for anyone who does not have that feature ! Thanks for posting !


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Posted: 06/07/20 07:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hammerboy I like it.


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LOL. Dad had a beaded chain, like hold a stopper, or pulled light switch, and a magnetic clip. But that was back in '85.

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Posted: 06/08/20 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That would get me close, but when I unhitch, the trailer is pretty level with the hitch, with most of the weight off the truck. When I hook back up I always have the trailer lower than the hitch so it slides up the hitch slightly. Plus I let the air out of the truck air bags before unhitching, and add air after hitching, So it would still take adjusting. Usually not that big a deal.


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I have for years used a bubble level on the side of the trailer, near the jack power. I has a sliding marker that lets me mark the height when I unhook. I then go to level and return the bubble to the marker to re-hitch. Quick, easy and reliable. I just looked at bubble levels now available on line and none seem to have this obvious option.

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voodoo101 wrote:

I have for years used a bubble level on the side of the trailer, near the jack power. I has a sliding marker that lets me mark the height when I unhook. I then go to level and return the bubble to the marker to re-hitch. Quick, easy and reliable. I just looked at bubble levels now available on line and none seem to have this obvious option.


I've used the same thing on each of the 5er's we've had. Used to be able to buy them at CW but it appears they no longer offer them. We got another trailer about a month ago and it has the Bigfoot leveling system. I'd hoped it would have the hookup memory function but it appears not to. I was able to find the level with the sliding marker on eBay.


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