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Old 09-03-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Hitch storage

I have seen it a few times where people leave the hitch hooked onto the pin on their fifth wheels , but not often . Is this practice safe to do ? It would make it easier for me if it was a safe practice , I am getting to fat and old to lift that reese hitch into the back of the truck anymore.

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Old 09-03-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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I would not; I would be afraid someone could get hurt by running into the hitch when suspended in the storage lot or your yard when mounted on the king pin.

I have installed a steel channel across my center beam in the garage with an eye-bolt in the middle. I have place a chain hoist in the eye bolt with lifting straps to remove and install the hitch when needed. The hoist can be removed for easy storage also.

Grizzly Tools is now selling a 1000 lb chain hoist with a handle attached for $59.95 right now . See attached link: Grizzly.com

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I actually made a cart with wheels out of 2 x 4s that I lower the hitch on to while still attached to the 5th wheel. I then lower the front landing gear and the hitch and all its weight sit on the cart. On my next camping adventure I raise the hitch off the cart, roll it away and back up my dually and lower the hitch into place.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:16 PM   #4
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Pitcrew , I like that idea ,may have to see about that . Jim , my garage is set up so that I could not make that work , but I do have lots of trees around , another possibility .
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