How to Remove a Trailer Jack

by Thomas West

Trailers with a heavy tongue weight require some type of device to raise or lower the front of the trailer for the purpose of connecting it to the trailer hitch on a tow vehicle. A small, lightweight trailer can be lifted at the front by one person, but a large, heavy trailer needs a trailer jack to do the job. By turning the jack handle, the jack's caster wheel can be lowered to the ground to support the trailer tongue, or raised so that the hitch coupler clears your tow vehicle's hitch ball.

Step 1

Turn the trailer jack handle in a clockwise direction to raise the front of the trailer until it is level. Secure the trailer from movement by placing wheel chocks under its wheels on both sides.

Step 2

Place large blocks of wood or concrete clocks under the trailer tongue just behind the trailer jack to support the front of the trailer once the jack has been removed.

Step 3

Turn the handle on the trailer jack in a counterclockwise direction until the trailer tongue is resting firmly and solidly on the blocks. Continue to turn the handle so that the caster wheel is off the ground.

Step 4

Locate the bolts that attach the trailer jack to the tongue. Loosen and remove the bolts with a socket and ratchet.

Step 5

Remove the trailer jack from the tongue.

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