Getting Hitched

After towing the 31′ SHIP home from Trussville, AL, I decided that I should really look into getting a towing hitch.

I started my research to find that there are MANY options.  The more I read, the more confused I became on what would be the best option.  I ended up reaching out to a long-time high school friend who I knew traveled frequently with an RV.  After his suggestions, I narrowed down my choices and purchased the Equal-i-zer 90001000 Equalizer Hitch.  With Amazon Prime, I could get shipping for free.  My total cost was $503.40.

Once the hitch arrived (and it is so heavy), it took a small army to figure out how to install it.  I had watched several YouTube videos and they make it look so simple.  I was in charge of reading the instructions, while my dad and husband installed the hitch.

Why is this so hard?  How in the world will I do this on a regular basis to travel?  Why do we have so many tools pulled out of the shop to get this installed?  Why didn’t I just pay extra to have this installed?

Live and learn!

After installing and removing it several times, we found out that minor adjustments makes a huge impact.  WHEW!  I hope everything I do in this project is NOT this hard!

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Take That Jack!

To get Sterling to his new home a few days ago, it was quite a feat to get the jack up.  The electric jack was probably a really nice feature years ago, but now that the wires are no longer connected, it’s a big aggravation.  Broken components required some ingenuity to figure out how to wind it up, freeing it for travel.

I had arrived with no intentions of towing it home the day I laid eyes on it, so I had no ball or hitch.  Luckily, the gentleman selling it called a friend and found a ball and hitch that we could use for the day.

Time for my own.  I went to Tractor Supply in Bessemer, AL and bought my very first hitch ball, mount, and a new trailer jack.  Total cost was $65.68.

I propped the frame up on cinder blocks and started to remove the old jack.  Here comes my dad.  He lives next door and Sterling is parked between our houses.  Once he saw a little work being done, he had to get involved…or rather be nosy.  He helped me get the new jack installed.

First steps!

 

Stumped My Tow

I feel like Dorothy in Oz.  I’m in a world where I have no idea about anything!  Just any minute, Oompa Loompa’s will appear singing and dancing, and I’ll drive off on a yellow brick road with my Airstream, right?!

I know that I need some kind of connector so that I can tow the RV with break/turning lights working.  A visit to the local auto supply store had many varieties, but none that a Nissan Pathfinder could use.  Luckily, the day I towed Sterling home, the previous owner followed me all the way home.  This was a 45 minute drive one way.  I was so very thankful.

More research to find a connection that would work on the Nissan Pathfinder side, as well as the Airstream side, commences.  I’ve ended back on Amazon and found the Hopkins 47595 7 RV Blade to 7-Way Pin Type Adapter.  I’ve ordered the $19.08 connector and now have marked this off of the list!

Now to get a hitch, ball, jack, and some type of stabilizer to help keep this 31 footer in my lane with ease!

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