Originally Posted by HDGoose
If I have to adjust the trailer pin height, is it a two or three person job?
How heavy is that chunk of steel?
Good morning. I had a similar issue with the gap between my Arctic Fox 27-5L and the bed rails. I had 9" and the Fox was not traveling level. Although some wish they had 9", I wanted to decrease that by 2 1/2" for more level traveling.
I started a thread asking for opinions and probably due to my less than expert wording, I received lots of unhelpful 'help'. Wood Chip finally arrived and helped. You can see that thread here
So, the fix.
I did have to trim a bit of the front cap's underside, about 1/2" or so. The process was made a whole lot easier by using my truck's bed to support the trailer's pin. With the tail gate down, I placed two 2X4s on the bed from the Companion hitch to the end of the tail gate. On the 2X4s, I placed a short length of 2X6 for the trailer's pin to set on.
Before lowering the trailer, I loosened all the bolts, and removed all but two on each side, top forward and top rear. I then lowered the trailer so the pin was supported by the 2X6 in the bed of the truck. I removed the rear bolts, leaving the front bolts in as a pivot point.
I then raised the trailer which allowed the hitch to pivot on the front bolts. The rear holes will NOT align perfectly, but will give you a spot to shove a heavy screwdriver or drift pin through to hold the hole somewhat in place as you work on the front bolt.
Once stable, find a position where the front bolts are not under pressure and can be removed. Remove them. Now, by lowering the trailer, the pin sitting on the 2X6 will push the front holes up into alignment, or close enough so you can finagle it into position.
Insert bolts and tighten them up. I don't remember the correct torque but it is pretty high. Don't forget the lock washers.
NOTE: When lowering the trailer to align the front holes, the pin will push the 2X6 forward along the 2X4s. This shouldn't be an issue unless your trailer is too close to the end of the sides of your truck's bed. Keep an eye on that. You could move your truck forward a few inches if it does get too close, remembering the weight your 2X6 is carrying is not the weight of the trailer, but only the weight of the pin tongue. As you move the truck, the 2X6 should slide on the 2X4s.
When raising and lowering the trailer, I used the electric front legs, as I would when raising/lowering the trailer whenever I hitched/unhitched the trailer.
Is this a 2 person job? You could probably do it on your own, but an extra set of eyes and screwdriver operator is helpful. I had the assistance of a 13 y/o neighbor.
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