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Old 07-06-2021, 06:55 AM   #29
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I used one of those both to handle the 5er hitch and load other heavy objects.
Underneath I had a 1" steel plate welded to the frame against the dually truck-bed, another on top between lift and truck-bed. It worked quite well.
Exactly what I installed only I used a 1/4" 12x12 piece under the crane. Lifts the Honda 3000i just fine.
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If a thief wants something bad enough they will steal it. Regardless of what you have done. If you are having a hard time lifting the generator, so will the thief. Put it at the front of your bed and use a good quality cable or chain lock to attach it to the bed. Add a roll-up tonneau and keep all the things in your bed covered when not in use. To use the generator, clear the exhaust of any obstacles and run an extension cord to your trailer. No need to move anything. My generator goes into the truck before I reinstall the fifth wheel hitch. Stays there until it's time to remove the hitch to clear the bed. I either get a helper to lend a hand or I use the tractor bucket. The goal is not to make the generator theft proof, it is to make the other guys easer to steal.
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Old 07-06-2021, 08:13 AM   #31
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I have one of these. I lift it into my truck by myself. What's with you wussies?

Bob aka "in traction"

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25ft 30 amp cord just reaches the electric port. Gen set stays on the rack and I add the cord. Yours in the truck maybe even closer, leave it locked in the truck and power up. BTW wife made a vinyl cover for the weather.
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Old 07-06-2021, 08:37 AM   #32
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I like this. looks like it is pretty compact to keep in the bed.

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The Viking Solutions Rack Jack II is the best option I've found so far:

They offer a ground stand to use it without connecting it to the hitch:

Some of the reviewers of the Viking on etrailer mentioned shortening it. Since it's built for dressing wild game, it's quite tall. I might consider shortening the upper section and the draw bar that goes into the hitch. My new RAM My new RAM will have the multi-function tailgate, so I don't need to extend as far out to load.

Still watching for better alternatives and thinking about how to build something.

OP might comment on their criteria, but here is mine:
  • Solution needs to be portable. Not looking just to get it in the back of the truck at home and leave it. Although I might use it in the back of the truck, I see occasions when that would be a problem.
  • Solution should not be permanently attached to the vehicle. I only use the generator occasionally and I think a truck crane would get in the way for most other truck use. Especially with rambox truck bed.
  • Ideally solution should not require drilling or other permanent modifications to the truck.
  • Solution should be transferable to other vehicles with minimal effort.
  • Ideally solution should support loading the generator into the truck bed or a tongue mounted rack on the trailer.
  • Solution should be compact, easy to store, and fit within the closed bed with tonneau cover.
    • Ramps might be a good option, but take a lot of space and with 4x4 short bed, ramps that fit in bed might be a steep climb.
  • Shouldn't be more than half the weight of the generator. The lighter the better.
  • Ideally wouldn't have to remove the weight distributing hitch from the truck in order to use the receiver.
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Old 07-06-2021, 04:34 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by jondrew55 View Post
I have one of these. I lift it into my truck by myself. What's with you wussies?

Bob aka "in traction"
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Old 07-06-2021, 04:40 PM   #34
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I had a similar problem maneuvering our 5th wheel hitch during the install.

My solution was a block & tackle and oak tree limb. B & Ts are light, compact, & easy to stow.

Drawback is that you must camp amongst the trees.....
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One of our members has a 5er, he fabricated a mount above his pin box that holds his genset. He said it's easy to work on, just back his truck tailgate under the pin box and the genset is waist-high.
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