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Cummins12V98 wrote:

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


Just have the young stud do it all. Will help him build up muscles for local high school football team. LOL


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ACZL wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

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


Just have the young stud do it all. Will help him build up muscles for local high school football team. LOL


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My new hitch doesn't come apart into 2 pieces and is too heavy to remove by myself. I do exactly what the OP described:

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That said, I priced out the Mopar Curt hitch and it seemed awfully expensive for what it is. I'd consider a different puck-mounted hitch.


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op wrote:

Really just wanted to know if my idea was ok.

Only Mopar or Curt that supplies your warranty can tell you if its ok to leave their hitch hanging from its jaws.

Two of the four hitch brands I've used their mfg said they didn't recommend leaving the hitch hanging from the jaws. Give them a 1-800. Who knows they give it a thumbs up.
For sure it won't hurt the trailers pin box and attach area.


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"That said, I priced out the Mopar Curt hitch and it seemed awfully expensive for what it is. I'd consider a different puck-mounted hitch."

YEP the Mopar is just a relabeled CURT and YES there are FAR better hitches available that won't cause Chucking that this style causes with the heads pivot point several inches below the kingpin connection.

Besides it's Made in China. Doubters simply read Curt's product origin statement.


OP hang it from your pin box! FACT is there are at times lifting forces far greater when towing that can occur.


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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.
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Yes, you can certainly leave the hitch hanging from the kingpin. The tough part is going to come when you try to back up under the 5er and line up the hitch with the 4 pucks in the bed. My guess is that will be a very tricky endeavor.

I have the exact same hitch. My solution is similar to Hornet28 and I hung a chain hoist from a rafter in the garage. I sling a 1" wide nylon lift strap around the hitch handles and use the chain hoist to lift the hitch high enough to drive away. Next I lower it onto a furniture dolly I bought at Menards for $10 and roll it over to a corner of the garage.

The nice thing about the chain hoist is I don't have to be perfectly centered to reinsert the hitch into the pucks. I back up until close and then as I lower the hitch the chain has enough movement that I just push it in the right direction as it comes down and the pins slide into the pucks.


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The Andersen is only 35# and can be hung on the wall.

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I leave mine hanging but do support the majority of the weight with a jack stand. The jaws of my B/W hitch bound up once after hanging for a few months and I was afraid leaving it hanging may have caused it.

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mtofell1 wrote:

I leave mine hanging but do support the majority of the weight with a jack stand. The jaws of my B/W hitch bound up once after hanging for a few months and I was afraid leaving it hanging may have caused it.


Most likely did not bind up as you needed to back against the kingpin and pin the hitch handle open and gently pull away.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

mtofell1 wrote:

I leave mine hanging but do support the majority of the weight with a jack stand. The jaws of my B/W hitch bound up once after hanging for a few months and I was afraid leaving it hanging may have caused it.


Most likely did not bind up as you needed to back against the kingpin and pin the hitch handle open and gently pull away.


Yep, once I got it in the truck and was able to do that it released. I was just in a bit of a spot as I had to line it up perfectly to get it in the truck. Usually, I just back under it, lower the 5th until the hitch sits in the bed, release it, pull forward, lug it into position and latch it, then back up and hookup.

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