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Old 06-02-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hanging a B&W hitch from the pin, will it cause a problem

I have a B&W hitch and I want to hang the hitch from the pin for a short while, will that cause a problem. I can't pick up the hitch by myself and I want to buy some plywood. I only plan to leave the hitch on pin for a short while, what do you think?
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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A lot of folks do that. I don't think I would do it with a Superglide hitch as it could bend the release lever pin.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #3
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I do not hang my hitch as I always have help with removing it from the bed and putting it on the roll-away (furniture movers).

Our neighbor hangs his on his Toy Hauler. The hitch can be damaged if someone comes along and pulls the pin and drops it (or they get hurt). So make sure you lock it on. There is less weight on the pin than there is when the rig is hooked up to the TV.... Certainly one could argue different forces as it hangs.

Several people I have talked with have discussed this with their hitch mfgs and all have said - No problem.
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My grand father has done it for years with several 5ers, he just leaves it locked and pulls the 4 bed pins and jacks it up and drives out. He's in his early 70s and its the easiest thing for him since he refuses to ask for help most of the time. He's never had any issues with it that we know of. Since most of these hitches have at lease 1500lbs of tongue weight supported on them I can't see them having issues with a 300-500lb hitch hanging there. That's like two adults sleeping in the bedroom.
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Which B&W hitch and what type of attachment?

With the companion 3000 (with the turnover ball gooseneck), I can't release my gooseneck pin with the u-bolts tightened at all. The only way it might work is if you remove the coupler head, loosen the u-bolts to the point the base could be removed, removed the draw down bolt, unlatched the gooseneck pin, and then put the coupler back on, hitched up and lifted it high enough so the square post cleared the truck bed (pretty high).

I think getting the square post back into the whole would be quite a challenge when it is time to reinstall the hitch.

Finally, I'd be concerned back the weight of the hitch hanging against the pins that secure the coupler to the base. But then again, it's a static weight and way less force than it would see in a rollover accident.

You can probably do it. But it'll be tricky.
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I don't think the OP is referring to a Turn_Over-Ball type Companion, as that is removable in two parts (the Head and then the Base) neither of which weigh very much separately.

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There have been some discussions regarding this here and on one other RV forum I follow.

This practice has its pros and cons - some people say they have checked with their RV and hitch manufacturers and most say they have been told there is no harm in doing this. Do a search for more information.

Personially I don't do this for two reasons:

1. We don't use our pickup TV for any other purpose than pulling our FW, so we don't need the flat bed.

2. IMO it just doesn't look safe or right.

YMMV.
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I don't think the OP is referring to a Turn_Over-Ball type Companion, as that is removable in two parts (the Head and then the Base) neither of which weigh very much separately.

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I'm not sure. B&W has a few models- the Companion with the TurnOver ball is the most common. But even with 2-pieces, I can see some people having an issue with the bulkiness...

Hopefully the OP comes back to tell use what she/he has.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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I have the one where you can take the head off and then take the base off but its a little to heavy for me to lift. I am not as young as I use to be, I hate to ask for help, if I can't do whatever I have to do then I have a problem. I plan to leave the hitch hooked up and release the hitch from the bottom, raise up camper, go get plywood and back under hitch and let camper down. I can get the hitch back in the square hole, my problem is to pick up the base by myself and put hitch back in truck. I have picked up to many heavy things in my life, after you reach 25 you look for a easier way, I have older arms and back.
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I have the one where you can take the head off and then take the base off but its a little to heavy for me to lift. I am not as young as I use to be, I hate to ask for help, if I can't do whatever I have to do then I have a problem. I plan to leave the hitch hooked up and release the hitch from the bottom, raise up camper, go get plywood and back under hitch and let camper down. I can get the hitch back in the square hole, my problem is to pick up the base by myself and put hitch back in truck. I have picked up to many heavy things in my life, after you reach 25 you look for a easier way, I have older arms and back.
Just make sure you lock the hitch on the pin with a padlock to prevent some inquisitive or mischievous individual from dropping it.
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