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Old 03-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Can you reach your hitch handle......

........with a side step on a dually (long bed)? I have to get on the tire to hook or unhook now and am looking for an alternative. I don't really want one of those gadgets that goes over the tire.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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Sure makes it easier though. If you have an extra folding step for the entry maybe it would work to boost you along side. The tire hugger isn't that bad, I just through it in the bed of the truck and pull it out when needed.
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I use the blocks that go under the jacks of the trailer. Like everything needs two uses. My truck is usually dirty and I really don't want to lean over the side into the bed. I can reach the handle if I stand in the blocks.
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I have a SRW so not a problem, but I do carry a small step ladder in the bed. Comes in handy for washing the truck, too.

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While I can reach my hitch handle, I sometimes need to get up in bed to add air to trail-air etc...
so I got one of these for my ford:
Bully AS-550 Truck Bed Side Step : Amazon.com : Automotive

let's me step up to tire if need be and folds back in out of the way...

mounts to frame between read door and rear tire...
only caveat is that it is not adjustable forward or back...
it is only meant to mount on the frame rail in one place...
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I have always carried a small step stool in my truck bed-usful for hitch access and getting thing on the floor of my truck.Also doubles as a step to get into the bed of the truck from the tailgate.
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I made/bent a hook w/handle out of 1/4" bar-stock. If there is no pressure on the jaws, unlatching is easy, even 5'2" dw can do it without getting against the fender.
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go to a truck stop they sell a handle with a hook to reach the 5th wheel for big rigs so that you don't have to climb on the tires or dirty fenders.
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While I can reach my hitch handle, I sometimes need to get up in bed to add air to trail-air etc...
so I got one of these for my ford:
Bully AS-550 Truck Bed Side Step : Amazon.com : Automotive

let's me step up to tire if need be and folds back in out of the way...

mounts to frame between read door and rear tire...
only caveat is that it is not adjustable forward or back...
it is only meant to mount on the frame rail in one place...
I bought one of these for my 2011 srw Duramax and it wouldn't fit. The frame on the 2013 is the same. Have in a call to Bully but the chances of hearing back from them are slim to none.
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I have side steps with a third step for the bed. Without that third step I wouldn't be able to reach the hitch handle.

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I have side steps with a third step for the bed. Without that third step I wouldn't be able to reach the hitch handle.

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I have an amp research electric step that stops at the back door and wife won't let me replace it.
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I have an amp research electric step that stops at the back door and wife won't let me replace it.
Those are super nice! Had those on my last truck. Well I think a small stool might be in your near future!
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I measured the height of my Amp Research rear bed step at 16" from the ground and guestimated that the side bed step would probably be about the same distance. I stacked a couple of blocks to the 16" height directly below the fuel door on my dually. Standing on that I still cannot comfortably reach the pin in the release arm of my B&W hitch (5'6" will only reach so far). The ladder was also suggested, but I can't reach the ladder over the double butt without a 6x6 block. So I've about decided the best way for me is to use the block or lower tire rim to stand on the top of the tire and can get it from there easily which is basically what I have been ding all along. Thanks for the input.

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