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Posted: 03/05/22 04:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was wondering what kind or step guys are using to reach the hitch handle pin? I am 6 feet tall I can reach the handle ok but the locking pin on my B&W is too far.Being in my mid 50's and fat the days of stepping on to of the tire are past me. I would like something that is compact and will store easy but is still sturdy enough to support my fat butt.
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I cut a piece of pvc maybe 1.5 ft long that slides over the hitch handle



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There is a folding step that you can hang on the tire, here is one of many



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Posted: 03/05/22 05:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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Posted: 03/05/22 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

austinjenna wrote:

I cut a piece of pvc maybe 1.5 ft long that slides over the hitch handle


How do you put the locking pin in????

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I use a 2 step folding plastic ladder. I stand it beside the rear wheel and reach over to the handle to lock it in place or unlock it. When travelling I put it on the floor in the back seat. When not travelling it goes into the bed of the truck. I also use it when fueling up. I have a 50 gallon aux fuel tank right behind the cab of the truck. I'm 230 lbs and it support this old body.


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Pipeman wrote:

I use a 2 step folding plastic ladder. I stand it beside the rear wheel and reach over to the handle to lock it in place or unlock it. When travelling I put it on the floor in the back seat. When not travelling it goes into the bed of the truck.


I think mine is a three step, but it's the same idea. I also find many uses for it around the campsite as well as on the road. I'm only 195 pounds, but I am 89 years old so that counts for something.





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I had the same prob and asked the fine folks here the exact same thing. Solution: A foldable metal step that goes over the rear tire that simply folds up and gets placed inside the box leaning up against the outside wall. Works great. BUT (isn't there a always one of these?), 2 things to watch for. 1. cotter pins may fall out. 2. Careful not to hit side of box (outside/painted) when taking in/out. Has many adjustments and once it's set, don't have to fuss w/ it again. Forgot where I purchased it from, but want to say Amazon???


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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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I gave your steps a link. My issue is the hips on our DRW make it a bit of a reach, this works great. Unlike folding stool/steps, it won't kick out when you lean in.


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


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