I bought a small winch from Harbor freight and installed it on the ceiling of my garage. Back under it...raise the hitch...pull out...lower the hitch onto a "piano mover", and store it out of the way. Takes 5 - 10 minutes and zero strain.
+1 That's exactly how I do it, too, we probably are using the same hoist and piano mover dollies. Great minds, etc......
this is exactly what i do. It works so well i installed one in my dads celling. I weight 130lb soaking wet, im not pulling a slider hitch out by myself.
I had a 2011 model I bought new in may 2011 as my first camper. I wanted to do exactly what you want, double tow a boat. I think my model number was about a 279 or so. It had the door at the rear, 2 rockers in the back, couch, then u dinnette. I liked it a lot. Sure it was not as fancy as my current rig, but i really did like it, and it seemed built well. Only reason I traded it in was to go to a different floorplan.
I built my own hitch for it. I estimate my boat is about 2800-3k lbs. Heres a few pics.
i keep a 32 gal tote behind the 5th wheel hitch in the bed of my truck. i had to downsize from 60 to 30 gal on my new camper for grey tank, so i had the dealer throw in a tote. i usually camp about 5 nights, and will dump once empty the grey once during that time. sure beats hooking up
ive set up a lot of differentials. usually i would tell people 500 miles of varying speeds, not to just go out on the highway and run 500 miles. ghe theory behind this being that the diff goes through heating and cooling cycles which will harden the gears.
I was worried about the brake, I'm very used to winches from offroading for years and know some of the small winches couldn't even hold the suspension sucked down on a buggy. So I left the hitch hanging with my truck out of the garage for hours and it didn't move.
I can only dream of having a tractor right now.
Figured I'd post what I recently did to make my life much easier getting my hitch in and out of my truck.
I weight 135 lbs soaking wet, there's absolutely no way I'm getting a slider hitch out of my truck by myself. I would have to weight for the fiance to get home, and it was always a royal pain to pull the hitch in and out. Then I got smart.
I found one of these guys on Craigslist for $50. It was so cheap I had to get it. It works great. I unhook the pins, hook it up, and winch it out. Pull the truck out, and lower the hitch onto a furniture dolly. I can roll it out of the way until the next time I need it. I find now I leave the hitch out a lot more because its so easy to take out. Here's a couple of pictures, hope this helps someone else's back like it did mine.
I bought a 2013 laredo 290sre in july of last year. So far I love it. I really enjoy the rear entertainment center, and the space the rear of the camper provides with opposing slides. Another thing I really like is the seperate bathroom, because I came from a springdale that guest basically had to come into my bedroom to go to the bathroom. So far I feel like Imade a great purchase
My only downside, which will not apply to you, is the grey water tank is only 30 gal. I could probably put a bigger tank in, but I got the dealer to throw in a 30 gal tote, and now its no problem. Most of the time I have to dump at a max 1 additional time per trip.
My laredo came with an enclosed area in the belly compartment for all the water hookups and tank flush.
I build my own for about $200. I've has 2 5vers in the past 2 years and had done the same exact design for both. They have worked really well, don't think i'd change a thing.