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Ernie Fergler

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Traded tv awhile back , and the new one came with a factory hitch. Haven't needed to remove the hitch yet but the day will come. The shipping weight of the hitch is over200 lbs; too much for me to lift/ carry by myself. Was wondering if anyone ever left their hitch hanging from the kingpin on the trailer.? Simply release the frame latches, lift the landing gear, and drive away. Seems like alot of weight to be hanging,though. Anybody ever try it? The only other way i can think to get it out would be to disassemble it. Looks like it breaks down in 5 or 6 pieces. Vehicle is a '16 Ram dualie, 8 ft bed, w/ Mopar (curt) 25K hitch, 4wd. Anxious to hear your thoughts.
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My hitch has been hanging on the king pin for quite some time.

What is hanging 200 lbs compared to carrying 2250?

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make your self a tri pod hitch remover. with a pulley up above and lift it out of the truck and pull the truck out of the way and lower it to the ground for storage or put it on a platform on wheels and move to storage out of site out of mind

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I just made a table at the same height as the truck tail gate. I detach the hitch and just slide it onto the table. Made it out of 2x4's, but it needs to be well braced to take the weight. My hitch is the type that doesn't have rails in the bed if yours is the type with rails then this may not work. The hitch is heavy but slides easily.


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Ernie Fergler wrote:

Traded tv awhile back , and the new one came with a factory hitch. Haven't needed to remove the hitch yet but the day will come. The shipping weight of the hitch is over200 lbs; too much for me to lift/ carry by myself. Was wondering if anyone ever left their hitch hanging from the kingpin on the trailer.? Simply release the frame latches, lift the landing gear, and drive away. Seems like alot of weight to be hanging,though. Anybody ever try it? The only other way i can think to get it out would be to disassemble it. Looks like it breaks down in 5 or 6 pieces. Vehicle is a '16 Ram dualie, 8 ft bed, w/ Mopar (curt) 25K hitch, 4wd. Anxious to hear your thoughts.
Ernie


Congratulations on the new TV, just got one like it.
The hitch should easily break down to at least two, if not three parts which can easily be handled.
I have see many hitches hanging from the front of a 5er, I don't see an issue.


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You could use an overhead pulley set-up in you garage or a cherry picker then set it on a wheeled cart





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It is a two part hitch, get a friend or a young stud to give you a hand.


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Thx for the ideas guys. Had thought about lifts, but that brought up the problem of building and storing that contraption too. Space is scarce for me. Small house, small lot, single car garage and small storage room 2 miles away. Really just wanted to know if my idea was ok.
Special thanks to Bipeflier for your insightful and prompt response.
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Make sure the latch is locked, so it doesn't fall if someone accidentally pulls the lever...but otherwise it's a great option.

Keep in mind your average 5th wheel pin is designed to take 3000+ pounds and when you hit a pothole, the force could be up or down... reality is in a dynamic driving situation, it could see instantaneous loads several times that amount...200 pounds of static loading is nothing.


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