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Old 02-17-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Removing a Pullrite hitch.

Anyone ever think of modifying an engine hoist to use as a lift for a Pullrite 5th wheel hitch?

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Yes, I have a cheap engine hoist from Harbor Freight. I did not modify it but I do use it to take the Pullrite out.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Got mine from tool king, works great. Then lower the whole assembly onto a furniture dolly and roll it into a corner of my shed. 10-20 minutes tops.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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I have a Curt 20K hitch and it is way to heavy for me to lift, even after taking the head off. To remove the hitch I take the head off, use a crow bar to pry up the base and drag it to the tailgate and then slide it off on the tool stand normally used for my miter saw. Been thinking about the engine hoist, just don't have much room in the garage to store it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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Sirsea, I just checked Harbor Freight, and the one they sell folds, so it looks like it could work. So as long as I have a spot to put the hitch, the crane should be easy to store as well.

Second question. What do you use to hook it up? Chains? Slings? What are the contact points on the Pullrite? I know you shouldn't use the way tubes. They may be strong enough to take my rig, but if a couple of the mounting tubes bind up on the pins, it may be too late when you see the back end of your truck going up. Was thinking a couple of straps one in the front and one in the back under the Superglide.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:08 AM   #6
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bought an electric winch from harbor freight. mounted it to a 2x6x8L, laid flat across some rafters in the garage and lift mine out onto a piece of plywood with castors on it. 400lb lift capacity for under 100 bucks. in and out in less than 5 minutes. a back saver for sure. i use 2 straps, 2x8' long. works like a charm.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:52 AM   #7
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I bought a deer hoist from Sportsman's Guide and use it to lift the hitch and generator out of the truck when I need a bare floor.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:55 AM   #8
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I use the landing gear on the 5th to take it out of the truck.

Keep it attached to the king pin, pull the mount pins, and lift it right out.

I then have a home made cart I push under the hitch, drop the nose down until the hitch is on the cart, then wheel the cart into the corner of my garage until I need the hitch again.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:55 AM   #9
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The engine hoist has folding legs and stores in a small space. I use two ratchet straps shortened to about 36' and put the hooks in the slotted holes on the side of the Pullrite.

I have disassembled the hitch and taken it out of the truck but it is REALLY heavy and I don't want to get hurt or bend something. It is more like a controlled drop when it put it down.

I store it on a furniture dolly so I can move it around easily.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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I have a 1 ton hoist that I attach to the joist of my garage, I pick the hitch up, lock the hoist, pull out from under the hitch and then and set it down on furniture dolly. After the hitch is out I remove the rails from the bed and insert plastic caps to cover them. Works great.

Ford part# XL3Z-17D754-AA is a plastic caps that fits the pullrite bed holes nicely.

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