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Old 09-24-2020, 07:56 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch - plugging ball hole?

I've got a BW Companion hitch in the bed of my truck. I need to get some mulch so I took it out. How do you guys plug up the hole when you want to use the bed of your truck to haul something loose? I was thinking of just taping some cardboard over it? There has to be a smarter way though!
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:03 AM   #2
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Turn the hitch 180 degrees and re-insert?
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:04 AM   #3
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The ball!
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:22 AM   #4
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Go to the 1:32 mark.

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Old 09-24-2020, 09:58 AM   #5
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They make a rubber plug for the empty socket. This one is at etrailer.com but plenty of other places sell them.



I use one all the time when I remove the Andersen hitch and turn the ball over.
It keeps dirt and stuff from getting in the socket with the ball.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:21 AM   #6
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What about some ply wood? I just went and got 3000 pounds of rock and put down a blue tarp it worked great.
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Old 09-24-2020, 03:26 PM   #7
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Don't overthink your problem. If it is going to be a one time thing, then cardboard or thin plywood will do fine. However if your to constantly use the truck to haul loose items, then a plug would do better.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:26 PM   #8
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Thanks to all the replies. Since I've had the 5th wheel hitch in for so long, I forgot about the upside down ball I had stashed away in the garage... worked perfect keeping debris out. I knew it was a simple solution!
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