Coupling To The Tow Vehicle ! WARNING A loose pintle can result in uncoupling, leading to death or serious injury. Make sure the pintle is tight to the hitch before coupling the trailer. Raise the bottom surface of the ring to be above the top of the open pintle. 188.8.131.52 Prepare The Ring and Pintle Lubricate the inside of the pintle with a thin layer of automotive bearing 61 grease. Remove the safety latch pin and open the pintle locking mechanism. In the open position, the ring is able to drop fully onto the pintle. See the coupler instructions for details of placing the pintle in the “open” position. Slowly back up the tow vehicle so that the pintle is near or aligned under the ring. 184.108.40.206 Couple The Trailer To The Tow Vehicle Lower the trailer tongue until the ring fully engages the pintle. If the ring does not line up with the pintle, adjust the position of the tow vehicle. Engage the pintle locking mechanism. In the engaged position, the locking mechanism securely holds the ring to the pintle. Insert the safety lock pin through the hole in the locking mechanism. Be sure the ring is all the way on the pintle and the locking mechanism is engaged. A properly engaged locking mechanism will allow the pintle to raise the rear of the tow vehicle. Using the trailer jack, test to see that you can raise the rear of the tow vehicle by 1 inch, after the coupler is locked to the hitch. NOTICE The tongue jack can be damaged by overloading. Do not use the tongue jack to raise the tow vehicle more than 1 inch. If the ring cannot be secured to the pintle, do not tow the trailer. Contact your dealer for assistance. Lower the trailer so that its entire tongue weight is held by the hitch, and continue retracting the jack to its fully retraced position. Fully retract jack drop leg and insert pin. Go to Section 4.3.3 “Connect Safety Chains – Bumper Pull Trailer” to continue connecting trailer to tow vehicle.
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