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Posted: 03/06/22 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rhagfo wrote:

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Likes to tow wrote:

Had the same issue reaching my B&W handle and pin. I'm 5'7" and 75 so trying to put my foot on top of the tire was not a good solution. I found a tire step on Amazon and it works perfectly plus it folds up and I lay it in the floor behind the driver seat in the truck. Check it out

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tire+step&crid=1ACA51XEMAIFH&sprefix=tire+ste%2Caps%2C126&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_8


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My issue is the hips on our DRW make it a bit of a reach,


^This is a case of TOO much truck! A SRW would be more than sufficient for your trailer, problem solved! [emoticon]

Just had to, no offense,

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Well I would have maxed out the payload on the same year Ram CC LB with 12,300# GVWR and 4,200# payload! We lost 1,411# of payload to us, Belle, in bed tool box and hitch. The pin on our 5er is 2,700# or total of 4,111# that is a bit close.
This is something many miss when looking at payload, it isn’t just the pin weight, it is everything added to the TV.



How does that compare to the SAE RAWR of the SRW 3500?


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Likes to tow said: "I actually use a pad lock on my B&W instead of the pin. I'm afraid someone will remove my pin while I'm not looking and then watch me drop my 5th wheel on the truck bed."



I can't tell you how many times I have been given CHITZ for my locking of so many items!!! Good idea that you add locks to the head also IMHO.

FYI the head pins need to be bent at a 90 or they can simply be rotated and pulled out. They are not bent in pic below. I heated mine with a torch. Had to drill holes out a bit larger for the lock and countersunk the holes a bit on each side.

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I have always locked our hitch. just common sense thing to do and now with a lawless country it is really a good idea.

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Here are the pins after modification.

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larry barnhart wrote:

I have always locked our hitch. just common sense thing to do and now with a lawless country it is really a good idea.

chevman

I consider the lock more of a liablity and safety issue more than a security feature.
I've considered having to detach my truck from the trailer real quick in the event of a fire in the RV. I know/heard of lots of examples of RV fires. I've experience a wheel fire myself.
I'm more concerned about a quick detach scenario vs. the latch release guy.


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Not worried about it as I always have my hitch key in my pocket.

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I use a plastic milk crate with a square piece of plywood on the bottom. When its not being used for a step the wheel chocks go in the crate and it rides in the bed of the truck.


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Posted: 03/06/22 06:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m 5’-10” and 72 years. I step up on the outside dual rear tire to unhitch my B&W Companion hitch.





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mhardin wrote:

I use a folding plastic step LIKE THIS. They come in a number of different brands and costs.


This is what I use as well. Just fold it up and toss it in the truck beside the hitch.


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Mine is barely visible, tucks away nice and neat.

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