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rhagfo wrote:

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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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rhagfo wrote:

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.


I have one in my shop so if you come North of Seattle I will make you a great deal. The AMP step is useless as it mounts at the front of the bed so I created the perfect bed step IMHO.

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I stand on the wheel or tire if I need extra height.

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padredw wrote:

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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 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.

I use a 3 step also & it comes in handy pretty regular.

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MFL wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

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,

Jerry


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.


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I used to have a step that is put on the rear wheel. All metal. I have a dually and while reaching for something in the bed I put my knee onto the fender and when I put my weight on the fender, I put a ding in it. It's still there and I can see it every time I look in the driver's mirror. My 2 step has never given out on me when leaning over the fender. I just used it yesterday to fill my aux diesel tank. Fuel is pretty expensive right now and going up in price.


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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????


My locking pin is spring loaded so I bought a turnbuckle like this one
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With that extra reach I am able to hook the turnbuckle over the pin to pull it and slide the pvc pipe on the handle to move it



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Thanks for all the replies


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austinjenna wrote:

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????


My locking pin is spring loaded so I bought a turnbuckle like this one
Linky

With that extra reach I am able to hook the turnbuckle over the pin to pull it and slide the pvc pipe on the handle to move it


Be careful with the turnbuckle system. On a B&W hitch this is a super critical link to safety. A locking pin has to be in there. I had a turnbuckle system on a truck camper several years ago and found them to get loose and fall out on their own!! 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.

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Its not a turnbuckle system. I use the turnbuckle to loop over the locking pin to pull it, while I slide the handle to the unhitch position with an extra piece of pvc over the handle to lengthen it. The extra foot of using that turnbuckle and pvc pipe is just for me to reach everything without using a step

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