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Old 04-22-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Hitch Removal Help

Ok..So we now own our first Fifth Wheel and our first truck. But we also are planning the wedding for our first daughter. So instead of camping this weekend, the DW sent me out for mass qauntities of mulch. (Some how the fresh mulch in the yard and the wedding are related!)

Anyway, I removed my Curt hitch for first time and wow was it heavy! Which brings me to my question:

Is it safe to connect to the Fifth Wheel and lift the hitch off the truck bed by extending the landing gear?

It seems to me that such an act would introduce a downward force to the pin & camper that is not normal, but if it is ok, it woud save a lot of lifting.

I know I can rig up a hoist in the garage, but I don't expect to have to remove the hitch very often because we only have 3 daughters.

Cathy & Jeff
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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You can do that, and some people do. I have done it once, but found it very hard to get back in the truck when the time came. I would say do it this time until you get your hoist in the garage done. I ended up buying an engine hoist, which helps some, but in my longbed truck, the arm wasn't quite long enough and I still had to move it off the rails towards the rear of the truck until the arm would reach it. I haven't had to try it with the shortbed truck yet.
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