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Old 09-02-2016, 12:26 PM   #15
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Leave it in and covered with a Retrax roll up bed cover, out of site out of mind.

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Old 09-02-2016, 01:52 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by rskeans View Post
I free up one hand and lift it out.
Yep... me too! Gota love the Andersen!

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Old 09-02-2016, 01:58 PM   #17
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I have a hoist and a roll a round cart to support the hitch when it is out of the truck. The removal and installation takes about 15 min's to do, most of the time is getting the hoist hung and gathering the straps and cart for removal and or installing. Pulling the hitch is not a big issue and I do have a tonneau cover for the bed when the hitch is out.
I have an empty bed except for the bed rails and I do not have to fight the hitch if I want to haul something in the bed.
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Old 09-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #18
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I just pull the pins and lift it out. Have even did it without putting down my beverage on occasion.

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I use the truck bed when not towing the RV.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #19
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Leave mine in. Doesn't seem to get any wetter without the fifth than it does with it. Still half a bed available.
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:40 PM   #20
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Bed is covered with a tonneau cover & the hitch stays in.
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Old 09-02-2016, 08:01 PM   #21
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Locked under a roll top cover. Keeps the leaves and thieves out. 😉
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:18 AM   #22
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I see a lot of people loosing their truck bed because the conventional 5th wheel hitch is really just to big to get in and/or out.
We need and use the bed of our truck daily, so when we bought our trailer this was a major consideration.

We found two products that really address this, the Andersen Ultimate hitch and the Reese Goose Box.

Andersen still requires installation and removal, while it is minimal compared to a conventional hitch.

We decided to go with Reese's Goose Box for 3 reasons.
1. It is approved by Lippert who made our frame.
2. That it has an air suspension system.
3. It is attached to the trailer and therefore leaves nothing behind but the GN ball which comes out in a second.

I am not saying any one system is better than any other. All I am pointing out is there are alternatives to the conventional hitch.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:10 AM   #23
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We are full time so seldom need the full bed but the B&W comes out easily in two pieces. The rest of the time it's covered with my roll up cover. Works for us. If I was still restoring my 100+ year old S&B I may have gone with the Andersen. Good luck.

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Old 09-03-2016, 02:00 PM   #24
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Thanks for all of the responses! I will probably get a cover for the truck as I use it more for pulling than carrying. However, I like the idea of an electric winch that I could use to lift it out.
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:22 AM   #25
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Harbor Freight has winches that will have the capacity to lift the hitch out. Reasonably priced.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:12 PM   #26
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Mine stays in covered with a trifold tonneau cover. Tows in the summer and good weight for the winter. Ya, we get winter here! Stop laughin! LOL
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:58 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by rskeans View Post
I free up one hand and lift it out.
LOL yeah I was thinking the same thing. Love my Anderson Ultimate
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:13 PM   #28
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Oh yeah, Andersen at less than 40#, and it is approved by LCI.

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