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Old 09-01-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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Question Daily driving what to do with hitch?

I just upgraded to a Demco 21K Autoslide hitch, which weighs in over 300lbs from most of the posts I've read (the installer said 400lbs but I can't confirm that). So due to the weight I'm not going to be taking the hitch in and out of the truck.

My question is, for those of you that leave the hitch in your truck, do you cover the bed, cover the hitch, or just not worry about it?
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Leave it in most of the time, cover with a tonneau.
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:04 AM   #3
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Thanks Rickeoni, that's what I was thinking! I appreciate the confirmation.
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I see your question is based upon leaving the hitch in the bed so FWIW...

I have seen a ceiling mounted hoist used to raise and lower hitches. Is there a possibility of mounting such a device in a garage? Lift it up, pull away and lower it onto a dolly to move into a corner. Just a thought...

I would hate having to give up the bed of my truck when not towing!

BTW... Nice trailer!
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I just upgraded to a Demco 21K Autoslide hitch, which weighs in over 300lbs from most of the posts I've read (the installer said 400lbs but I can't confirm that). So due to the weight I'm not going to be taking the hitch in and out of the truck.

My question is, for those of you that leave the hitch in your truck, do you cover the bed, cover the hitch, or just not worry about it?
We also leave the hitch in and cover with a tonneau. Like to keep the sun and weather off the air bags.
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I just upgraded to a Demco 21K Autoslide hitch, which weighs in over 300lbs from most of the posts I've read (the installer said 400lbs but I can't confirm that). So due to the weight I'm not going to be taking the hitch in and out of the truck.

My question is, for those of you that leave the hitch in your truck, do you cover the bed, cover the hitch, or just not worry about it?
I leave my B&W in 100% of the time. I dont use the truck for anything else so no issue for me.
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During the summer my B&W stays in the bed. I have a ceiling mounted hoist to remove the hitch for storage during the winter.
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I free up one hand and lift it out.
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Leave mine in the bed and have a locking rollup cover (Retrax Pro). If I do need to take it out for full use of the bed, the B&W companion comes apart in two pieces which makes it easier to remove.
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We have a Roll'n'Lock cover that clears the hitch. Hitch has been taken out once for a short period since 2005.
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I see your question is based upon leaving the hitch in the bed so FWIW...

I have seen a ceiling mounted hoist used to raise and lower hitches. Is there a possibility of mounting such a device in a garage? Lift it up, pull away and lower it onto a dolly to move into a corner. Just a thought...

I would hate having to give up the bed of my truck when not towing!

BTW... Nice trailer!

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Leave it in bed of truck........
It's exposed to the elements regardless if hitched up or not

Now if you NEED to remove it so bed is free for other uses......

With it hitched up pull the rail pins or whatever is used to attach to truck and then using 5vr front landing gear lift hitch up and drive out from underneath
Quick and easy one man operation and NO LIFTING involved
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Just leave mine in the truck.
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We have a B&W and just leave it in the truck. We cover the hitch with a trailer spare tire cover.
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