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Old 04-14-2019, 05:44 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel hitch question

I have a companion slider and it weighs at least 250#. I was wondering if it would be OK to leave it hanging from the pin of the trailer when not in use. It would be easier to just use the jacks to pick it up out of the truck and leave it hanging there until I need to tow it again. I don't use it for anything else. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-14-2019, 05:52 PM   #2
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I have a companion slider and it weighs at least 250#. I was wondering if it would be OK to leave it hanging from the pin of the trailer when not in use. It would be easier to just use the jacks to pick it up out of the truck and leave it hanging there until I need to tow it again. I don't use it for anything else. Any thoughts?

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Jeff,

A B & W Companion hitch? On My B & W, the hitch head lifts off fairly easily with the two handles on the side, then un-pin the bottom part of the hitch and remove it. It doesn't weigh all that much when disassembled in parts. I'm sure the kingpin would support the weight (probably not much different than having a washer/dryer in the nose of the trailer), but I don't think I want my hitch suspended from the kinkpin while the trailer is in storage.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:45 PM   #3
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i have seen people do it. one comment is to make sure the hitched it locked so it doesn't open while hanging there.

i love my tree with a limb over the driveway. i can hook a winch to it to install/ uninstall the hitch. a furniture dolly makes a great hitch caddy.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:51 PM   #4
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ditch the slider and get yourself and Anderson ultimate. soon or later you are going to have to lift it to reinstall it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:22 PM   #5
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I have several friends with heavy sliders who do exactly what you are proposing when they have to clear the bed of their truck. Doesn't seem to cause them any problems.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:29 AM   #6
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but I don't think I want my hitch suspended from the kinkpin while the trailer is in storage.
Yes, but is there any reason you couldn't?

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Yes, but is there any reason you couldn't?

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No, just personal preference.
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No, just personal preference.

Ditto - plus, my B&W Companion hitch also comes apart into two sections...each weighing approximately 75 pounds. It makes for very easy removal (despite the fact that I'm crowding in on 70 years of age).
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Even with the head off it the base definitely weighs more than 75#. I believe the hitch, when together, weighs in the 280# range. Than means the base weighs about 200# with the head removed. My son and I muscled it out yesterday so now it is sitting on my garage floor. I will just have to lift it again to put it back in. Since I only use it for the RV I just though it would be easier to just leave it with it.
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Even with the head off it the base definitely weighs more than 75#. I believe the hitch, when together, weighs in the 280# range. Than means the base weighs about 200# with the head removed. My son and I muscled it out yesterday so now it is sitting on my garage floor. I will just have to lift it again to put it back in. Since I only use it for the RV I just though it would be easier to just leave it with it.
As mentioned, many people do leave it attached to the pin box.
It is a personal preference how you want to remove YOUR hitch.

Leaving a 300# hitch attached to the pin box will have no more ill effects to the 5th wheel or the hitch, than the forces exerted on them traveling down the road.
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