How To Lift A Trailer in West Richland: Memoirs of the Tri-Cities Best DJ’s Episode #2

Kent was contacted about DJing for a 30th birthday party at a nearby venue in West Richland. The client was wanting our biggest package, the full lighting and sound with approximately 6 hours of DJing. This requires multiple team members to set up; it’s a lot of work, but so worth it!

To unload, we had to drive around the backside of the venue and down a VERY narrow road with a steep hill at the end.

I didn’t anticipate there being any serious problems with this plan…

We unload all the gear and set up the speakers and lights inside the venue…

The trailer empty, I begin to pull out and drive up the hill…

I hear a LOUD, terrible, grinding sound…

It sounds like metal on concrete…

I immediately stop and get out…

The back part of the trailer is dragging on the ground and the hitch is digging into the ground. 

The trailer has become “Low Centered”

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I can’t move the trailer forwards or backwards without causing some serious damage!

Fear drops into my stomach as Kent, Veronica, and I start thinking of options.

How do we get it UNSTUCK???

The first idea was “Let’s try and back the trailer up the way we came”…

That won’t work. The road was narrow and we didn’t foresee us making it without scratching the car and the building we had to drive next to.

The second idea was “Let’s just back it up, get some speed and grind the back of the trailer half way up the hill”…

Thus probably damaging the concrete of the venue, the hitch, the back of the trailer… yeah so that’s out. 

The third idea was… “Let’s lift the trailer up the hill”…

Wait a second… “LIFT THE TRAILER UP THE HILL???”

Well, there’s a few reasons this idea could work…

1. It’s empty so it only weighs like 500 pounds…

2. We don’t want to ruin anything…

3. We have the three of us, we can work as a team!

The THREE of us can do it… RIGHT?!?

Let’s give it a shot…

Kent’s on the front end pulling from the hitch.

Veronica and I are in the back pushing.

On the count of 3, we heave-ho, and we lift the trailer up about 3 inches up the hill…

Then it slides back down the hill…

Veronica, being the gorgeous, genius, beautiful, safety-oriented person that she is… Found some nearby cuts of log that we could jam behind the tires as chocks. 

So we try again…

On the count of 3, we heave-ho and lift the trailer up about 3 inches again, this time, I keep pushing, and Veronica puts the chalks behind the wheels. 

We do this countless more times, and finally, the trailer was sitting on the hill, to the point we could back up the suburban, hook it up and drive it the rest of the way up the hill.

To say the least, this was quite a team building experience and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, if we can lift a trailer up a hill, we can do anything.

The moral of the story is that no one person can have all the good ideas, no one person can carry all of the weight, and no one person can make a story worth telling.

You need good people in your life to make it all worthwhile.

Sincerely,

Brandon, Veronica and Kent

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