Hitch Travel Trailer checklist offered by Randi on Randi’s Adventures on YouTube
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Hitch Travel Trailer Checklist
1. Disconnect from any hookups
Such as electric, sewer, and water.
2. Make sure wheel chocks are in place
They should already be in place from when you arrived at your campsite but it is an important safety measure to make certain they are in place.
3. Raise the stabilizers
4. Put stabilizer blocks away if used
5. Unlock the ball coupler latch
Do this by pulling the latch up and backward.
6. Raise the hitch jack
Raise it so it is higher than the hitch ball.
7. Back up the tow vehicle
Back up so the hitch ball on your tow vehicle aligns directly underneath the ball coupler on your trailer. Take your time. Get out of your vehicle and check to make sure it aligns. If it doesn’t back up again until it does.
8. Lower the hitch receiver using the jack unto the ball until the ball settles securely unto the coupler.
Keep lowering it until the ball settles securely into the coupler.
9. Latch the coupler in place
If you have problems doing this, move your tow vehicle slightly ahead or back.
10. Secure the safety pin to the ball coupler
11. Attach your weight distribution bars
12. Raise the tongue jack
This will help you secure the weight distribution bars.
13. Lock and secure the weight distribution bars
14. Insert the weight distribution bars safety pins
15. Raise the tongue jack all the way up
16. Attach the safety chains to the tow vehicle
When attaching the safety chains crisscross them so for example, the passenger side trailer chain hooks to the driver’s side of the hitch. And when you attach the chains go underneath the tongue of the trailer not on top. Also, twist them as needed. You do want some slack but make sure there is a 3-5 inch clearance above the ground.
17. Plug the 7-way connector into the tow vehicle
Notice that one side of the 7 way pin has a flat side. When attaching it to your tow vehicle align this flat side with the flat groove plugin area.
18. Attach the breakaway controller
19. Pick up and store away any levelers and the wheel chocks
20. Do a final walk around
Make sure all lights on both your trailer and tow vehicle are working, make sure trailer steps are up, all hoses are put away and you have left nothing behind.
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DISCLAIMER: I am not a travel trailer or a travel trailer hitch expert – this is what works for me and your tow vehicle, trailer, weight distribution system, etc. may be different than mine – you are responsible to do your own research and read your owner manuals!