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Old 05-03-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Just picked up my Sunset Trail - how do I unhitch it !!!

Hi,
Just picked up my Sunset Trail 270BH.
Had a great drive home (first time I ever towed anything). I have the Equalizer hitch. No problems towing at all. But something occurred to me once I got home. I don't know how to take the hitch off!

If I put the trailer stand (don't know what to call it) all the way down with the electric winch, how do I know It's not exerting upward force on my truck and if I don't put it all the way down, how do I know the truck still isn't holding some of of the trailer weight. Either way, I'm afraid I would "pop" off the hitch because of pressure from either the truck pushing down on the hitch or the hitch pushing up on the truck. HOpe that makes sense!
So... how do I take off an equalizer?

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Old 05-03-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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When I towed a TT with a WDH I would release the chains and bars first to let the truck settle down. Then I would release the ball and finally raise the trailer with the tongue jack until it cleared the ball. Then I would move the truck and lower the TT until it was level. With my cargo trailer, I leave it high in the front for drainage.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Mike , we can help here ,but that should have been the responsibility of the dealer that sold the trailer and hitch. If I were you ,I would call them ,even the salesman at home or on his/her cell . They should have gone thru the unhitching with you . they must have realized that you were new to this and taken extra time to get you comfortable .
If they refuse to help , let us know.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:45 PM   #4
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My way for an equalizer WD
Parking brake on for the truck.
Wheel blocks on the trailer wheels.
Put the trailer jack down pulling the back of the truck up to release pressure from the bars.
Pull the bar L pins
Swing the bars out and remove them.
Lower the jack back down
Pull the tongue lock back and up.
Disconnect the chains and run away cable.
Raise the jack up until it clears the ball.
Pull the truck forward.

Start trailer level process.

This is my way of doing it for my gear, yours may be different.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:49 PM   #5
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My way for an equalizer WD
Parking brake on for the truck.
Wheel blocks on the trailer wheels.
Put the trailer jack down pulling the back of the truck up to release pressure from the bars.
Pull the bar L pins
Swing the bars out and remove them.
Lower the jack back down
Pull the tongue lock back and up.
Disconnect the chains and run away cable.
Raise the jack up until it clears the ball.
Pull the truck forward.

Start trailer level process.

This is my way of doing it for my gear, yours may be different.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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The dealer was fine, but I forgot to ask how to un-hitch and I guess they forgot to tell me. I called them back but they were closed early today and they are not in tomorrow. I guess I can email the salesman tomorrow. He will probably get back to me, but I'm going to look over the instructions some of you have posted in the meantime.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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One more thing, connecting the trailer is the same process in reverse. Use the jack to pull the rear of the truck up to make it easier on you to put the bars in place . There is a great video on YouTube by equalizer when shows all of this. It took me a few tries to get the process right. Good luck and if something feels forced just step back and try it again. Everything should go smoothly. :-)
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #8
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But... when I put the trailer jack 'down', how do I know when the trailer jack gets to the point that it's holding it's own weight but NOT pushing the back of the truck up. Since for both of these actions, the truck back is rising.
I'm concerned I will cause pressure to build in one spot or another and when I release some part of the hitch (any part really), the pressure will release --- in a bad way.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:56 PM   #9
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Coopers -- yes, they showed me how to connect it. I understand that fine. Also took my own video of him connecting it. But not disconnecting it.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #10
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That trial and error. I pull mine 2" past where my truck sits unloaded. As long as the ball lock is still in place the connection between the truck and trailer won't come apart. By pulling the back of the truck UP your causing the force the WD bars put on the hitch to reduce. You can pull the L pin anytime it's not going to pop out as the bar is putting downward pressure on the frame bracket it's sitting on. As the ball goes up the pressure drops and you can more easily pull the bar away. With pressure on the bar you can't hardly budge them.
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