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Old 04-26-2018, 08:13 PM   #1
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Where do you store your weight distribution hitch and bars when camped

My Husky Weight Distribution hitch and bars are large and heavy. Do you store them in your pickup or SUV, in one of three exterior storage areas in your 19fd, or perhaps....under your RV when camped?
I can store them in one of the exterior storage areas in the 19fd, where they take up a lot of space, or in my SUV..where they again take up space-and, if you were to have a major accident, a 50 lb steel hitch could be thrown around inside your vehicle...if it were to hit a passenger....would do major physical damage. Does anyone put under the trailer, perhaps with chain and lock on the hitch? I am concerned if not secured, they could be stolen, but perhaps a thief would go for propane tanks, batteries etc first.
Lastly, you could keep the hitch....on your tow vehicle, and secure with a lock...but....you would limit your parallel parking ability.
I would think if I chained locked to the undercarriage of the 19fd they would be secure. Any thoughts?
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:41 PM   #2
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Where fo you store your weight distribution hitch and bars when camped

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Old 04-26-2018, 08:58 PM   #3
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Attachment 169641 this is where I put mine! In the tool box. The hitch goes on the right side of the tongue in a bracket.
I really like the way you have your camping sign hung on the LP tank cover! Do you mind if I use your idea to make one like that?

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When we had a travel trailer, we pulled with an Equal-i-zer hitch. Often, the hitch stayed with the truck, but when I took it out, it went on the ground, under the frame, chained around the front jack leg. The bars were just slid back and balanced on the L-Brackets...they stayed there just fine.

I do kind of like where the hitch is sitting in the second post.
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I also have a 19fd and Husky hitch & bars. Hitch stays with the truck. Bars are stored under the TT.
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Hitch stays on the truck. Bars get baggies put over lubed end, and stored in TT storage bin. Parallel parking....you jest.

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Old 04-26-2018, 10:35 PM   #7
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At the campsite, if just for a weekend, the WDH bars went into a storage bin, the antisway bars stayed where I left them in the ramboxes, mirrors stayed on the truck and the hitch stayed on the truck. If for a week, hitch and bars went into the storage bin, mirrors went in the ramboxes with the antisway bars.

When in the storage lot, kit and caboodle went in the trailer.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:38 PM   #8
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Hitch with the truck, weight bars under the A-frame.
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:29 PM   #9
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I did a take-off on the stinky slinky fence post mod for my spring bars using PVC pipe. See post #11251 in the link below (The FR site won't let me upload the pics here for some reason). I either leave the hitch on the truck receiver OR put it in a large plastic tub in the truck bed.

Some folks have had a receiver welded to their tongue and they lock the hitch into that receiver ("sort of" like the pic in Post #2).

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Place the hitch back into the tongue of your trailer and lock it in place. Drill a hole or use an existing one in your propane bottle mount for a long shank bicycle type lock to secure the bars by locking the chains to it. Lay them on the frame in a convenient place. Mine spent several winters like that in Florida when we had a TT.
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I really like the way you have your camping sign hung on the LP tank cover! Do you mind if I use your idea to make one like that?

Thanks, Gary.
Not at all just some PVC pipe and fitting and then bolted to the cover with stainless bolts. and Thanks!
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When we had the tongue trailer we used this (homemade) setup.
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Attachment 169641 this is where I put mine! In the tool box. The hitch goes on the right side of the tongue in a bracket.
Coachjeff1 what do you have the tool box mounted on? I can't tell from the picture.
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Coachjeff1 what do you have the tool box mounted on? I can't tell from the picture.
I am a carpenter by trade so I used my skills and used a 6x6 Cedar post and split it in half and then notched it around the frame so the frame was sandwiched and then screwed the 2 halves together. I hope that makes sense?! Then painted them black. I needed to have the box raised that high to clear the tanks and battery box. I still can remove the propane cover and tanks.
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I always stored all of it in the cubby holes, although the big hitch I would just leave in the truck.

Too darned heavy to be moving it around.

Now that I have a 5th-wheel I still leave a ball in the receiver of my truck...

I've found that it keeps people from tailgating me in rush hour (although I did just retire a couple of months ago, so rush hour ain't no biggie anymore).

As for theft...

Nowdayz people are stealing heavy metal items just for the few bucks they can get from a recycler...and a WD setup laying around under a camper will be an easy target!

I just recently bought some 5th-wheel hitch locks as someone tried to steal my 5th-wheel hitch out of the back of my truck in my driveway!

I could tell by the way they tried to remove it that they knew nothing about the hitch, so I'm guessing they thought that 200-pound beast was going to be an easy pay day...NOT!

Oh yeah...keep your tailgates locked!

They are an easy mark for theft as well!

Plus, my tailgate being locked is probably what thwarted the theft of my 5th-wheel hitch...
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I've always stored the bars under the a frame. With the front bunk out, they're not very visible. I did see a post once where someone kept the bars in a cheap vinyl rifle case and then stored in their pass through and I may do that if I run across a cheap case..
I remove my hitch (unless we're just hanging at the campground) and store in the truck bed and keep the tailgate locked. The hitch is heavy but I'm only moving it a couple feet. We're generally camped in locales that swell in the summer so there is limited parking so no hitch helps me park and is a courtesy so others don't bark their shins.
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Ours go into a tote in the back of the truck.
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"a place for every thing and everything in it's place"

for a couple of years, at home the bars took up space on the garage floor, in a cg they took up space in the camper shell, ... was never pleased with either, ... came up with this idea, mounted a bracket underneath on each side onto the frame and they hang there both at home and in cg, ... also mounted a receiver hitch on the bumper to hold the WDH, lock it there both at home and cg, ... one of my moms favorite sayings "a place for everything and everything in it's place", ...
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for a couple of years, at home the bars took up space on the garage floor, in a cg they took up space in the camper shell, ... was never pleased with either, ... came up with this idea, mounted a bracket underneath on each side onto the frame and they hang there both at home and in cg, ... also mounted a receiver hitch on the bumper to hold the WDH, lock it there both at home and cg, ... one of my moms favorite sayings "a place for everything and everything in it's place", ...
I'd put some padlocks on that stuff.
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