Coupling To The Tow Vehicle COUPLE THE TRAILER TO THE TOW VEHICLE Rotate the jack handle counter-clockwise. This will retract the jack causing the receiver to drop down so it can fully engage the ball and transfer the weight of the trailer tongue to the towing vehicle hitch. If the receiver does not line up with the ball, raise the receiver again and adjust the position of the tow vehicle. Then lower the receiver over the ball. When the drop leg base is no longer resting on the ground, the towing vehicle hitch is holding all of the weight of the trailer tongue. Close the lock plate on the receiver. Move the spring-loaded lock plate locking pin to the CLOSED position. Be sure the locking pin is holding the lock plate. Be sure the receiver is all the way on the ball and the lock plate is engaged. A properly engaged locking mechanism will allow the coupler 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. 71 NOTICE The jack can be damaged by overloading. Do not use the jack to raise the tow vehicle more than 1 inch. If the receiver cannot be secured to the ball, do not tow the trailer. Contact your dealer for assistance. After testing to see that the receiver is properly secured and locked to the ball, retract the jack to its fully retracted position. Return the drop leg(s) to their upper positions. The drop leg(s) are held in the lowered position with a plunger pin. Rotating the plunger pin while pulling it outward will cause it to come out of engagement with the drop leg and the leg will rapidly rise. ! CAUTION The drop legs are heavily spring loaded in the lowered position. They will rapidly return to the upper position when released and can inflict serious bruises, scrapes or pinching. Keep your feet, shins and hands well clear of the drop legs and drop leg bases when releasing the drop legs. CONNECT THE SAFETY CHAINS Visually inspect the safety chains and hooks for wear or damage. Replace worn or damaged safety chains and hooks before towing.
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