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Old 06-26-2016, 10:34 PM   #15
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Maybe it was you I saw. lol
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:30 PM   #16
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I have an engine hoist set up near the shop, a dummy king pin with a loop for the hook. Thought about dropping it on to a 4 wheel trailer, but ended up just dropping it on a stand that I move into place after the truck pulls out.
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Time to hit the gym. Turns out being able to lift heavy things and set them back down can be useful!

Granted, there's a big difference between a barbell and a cumbersome hitch, especially with the factory pucks for the Ram. My B&W companion has a very large footprint and while I can load it myself, I'm always worried about smashing the paint on the underside of the tailgate. So I just leave it in the truck. If I absolutely need to use the bed, I pull the head and get help from dear wife.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:44 AM   #18
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Why not buy a low priced 12v winch like for an ATV. Much easier than cranking on that come along.
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Interesting that I don't hear this issue often but I am sure it is a very common issue. Heck, I have this issue and trying to figure out the same thing.

Two men can move my hitch and so far I have always been able to find help. I do not even consider DW.

But as I age and my helpers age I can see this becoming a huge issue.
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I only have a Reese 16k, not as heavy as yours but a lot to have to lift. I usually leave it attached to the pin and lift it from truck bed with fiver landing gear. Or, remove it in 2 pieces. I also have a hook in the garage rafters that I attach a hoist to skin deer in bad weather. Used it once to lift hitch out of the rain.
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Interesting that I don't hear this issue often but I am sure it is a very common issue. Heck, I have this issue and trying to figure out the same thing.

Two men can move my hitch and so far I have always been able to find help. I do not even consider DW.

But as I age and my helpers age I can see this becoming a huge issue.

In my case, my little DW is stronger than most men, so I have no issue asking for her help.
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We have only had our fiver a few years; but after taking the hitch out the first time and setting it on saw horses-- we now leave it attached to the pin and hanging. Ours is a BW slider, so it is a bit more weight than some; but hanging from the pin and backing up under it and dropping into the goose-neck square hole has not been a problem.
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My DW struggles when helping me remove our 206# B&W Companion Hitch. Here is my idea that I would like opinions on:
- install a large lag eye-bolt in our garage ceiling/bottom of open web floor trusses
- attach one end of a come-along to the eye-bolt
- attach the other end to an eye-bolt that is run thru a metal plate
- have the metal plate under the hitch jaws with the come-along wire thru the jaws
- lower the hitch onto a shop dolly after pulling out

Has anyone else come up with an easier/simpler way to remove the hitch?
Or you could get the Anderson 5th Wheel hitch. It weighs 32lbs. I'm amazed by this device. Remarkable engineering.

https://youtu.be/qMW-ynhTatA
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Or you could get the Anderson 5th Wheel hitch. It weighs 32lbs. I'm amazed by this device. Remarkable engineering.

https://youtu.be/qMW-ynhTatA
That is how I'll go if I can once I get a 5'er. It's a no brainer. But on many truck/trailer combos you will need a different heavier hitch as the cap of the trailer can hit the cab of the truck in some situations. I am using the factoring of an easy to put in and take out hitch as a shopping tool when looking at trailer/truck combos.
If I am forced to get a slider hitch I want an automatic slider. If I do go that way I'll get a harbor freight or similar engine hoist with large easy roll wheels to man handle it. Back it the day a 300 lbs hitch would be no issue for me. Now at 64 yrs old with a totally ruined spine with 4 discs gone and 3 more damaged and having 2 bicep tendons blown in the last year I am more smarter. I've lifted my fair share of heavy stuff over the last 50 years and have paid the price.
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BTW, that is the old version of the hitch in that video. They have done a lot of improvements to it. Andersen makes cool stuff that those that use love and many who don't use hate. I've never figured that hatred out.
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Bob, do they make a super light typical fiver hitch that doesn't have a ball on it?
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Bob, do they make a super light typical fiver hitch that doesn't have a ball on it?
Not to my knowledge (which is limited) There are standard 5th wheel hitches out there that are a lot lighter than others. But I doubt you can find anything under 100 lbs. And that would be for a lightweight hitch. Pullrite sells a new hitch that is lightweight (65lb?) that does not have a ball on the hitch. The ball mounts on the trailer.
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