Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When Your Trailer Falls of the Block

I don't know how many times I've unhitched the trailer, not blocked the wheels, put the truck away, and looked back to notice that the trailer had fallen off its block. The first few times were a quandary on what to do. It's an easy fix after coming up with the solution.

I'll give you a picture tutorial. In this picture tutorial, Mike used a car jack but in other times, he's used a bottle jack.

This is the view I was greeted with when the trailer falls off the block the other day. Some cases it's a bit more dramatic looking but not this time. Yes I should have put wheel chalks on it but I didn't. Lesson learned.

Step 1: Realize your trailer has fallen off the block.

Step 2: Investigate the damage. How deep is the jack sitting in the dirt (or mud or whatever). This time it wasn't too bad!

Step 3: Find a board and a car jack (or a bottle jack works but isn't as good).

Step 4: Lift the trailer up using the jack until the trailer is high enough to slip the block under it (this time securing the wheels before you proceed).

Step 5: Lower the trailer onto the block making sure everything is in place. (I'm just thankful there's mud on the jack, that means we had rain!)

Step 6: Lower the jack and make sure the trailer is securely sitting on the block again (otherwise you'll have to repeat the process). Put your tools away and your back in business.

Sadly Mike is a pro at putting my trailer back on the confounded block. But at least we know how to fix it when it does fall off and it's not a big ordeal like it used to be.

So there you have it, a lesson you never thought you'd need to know but you'll be grateful when it happens to you!

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