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Old 09-30-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Removing the 5th wheel hitch

As with all things, I do need to use my truck for other reasons than towing the trailer and find I have to remove my hitch. Given their weight, my hitch is a double pivot with slide which does break down into two pieces, but still very heavy. I have seen on a couple of occasions where an individual left his hitch attached to the 5th trailer, removed the pins from the bed of the truck and used the trailer jacks to lift the hitch off the truck and then drive away leaving the hitch hanging on the kingpin. I wouldn't think this would be an issue/problem or maybe not a good idea, but what do you think. My only other alternative would be to build an a-frame to lift my hitch off as my back can't take it anymore.
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I have no problem with that method. Just be sure the jaws are padlocked.

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #3
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My hitch weighs 137lbs. I can muscle it in and out on my own if push comes to shove. But I plan to wait or ask for help. I will wait for my brother or one of my friends to help. They do not mine as two people can handle it easy and it only takes 2 to 3 minutes.

I plan to use my hitch next week but I asked my friend to help me install it yesterday while he was here.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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I've seen hitches removed from the box , many times by that method, and can't think of any down side.
JMHO: I'd be supporting the hitch though; table or platform; the thought of it swinging free, or some one playing with the release, and having it drop, sends shivers up my spine. Re-aligning it , into the box may prove a bit of a challenge.
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I mounted a winch to the ceiling of my garage. I even made a cart to store the unit on.
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I just leave mine hanging on the kingpin when I do not need/want it in my truck. Out oh the way and shredded, sort of. Anyway, it is easy and I like easy.
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