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Old 08-09-2015, 12:07 AM   #11
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Our hitch comes off right after we've unhitched and levelled. I dislike leaving it on the truck for both aesthetic and practical reasons. It's kept in the truck bed, we have a cover. Ours is the Andersen though, so no bars to worry about and it's way lighter than 100 pounds.

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Old 08-09-2015, 12:40 PM   #12
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Blue Ox hitch stays in the receiver no matter how long we are camping. The bars come off as soon as I unhitch the camper from the hitch.

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Old 08-09-2015, 12:56 PM   #13
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If I unhook I take the receiver off partly because it affects the park assist on the truck but mainly to keep from walking in to it. I made a bracket on the tongue to old the bars.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:01 PM   #14
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I always remove the WD bars and leave the tongue in the receiver. I've not thought about leaving the bars inserted and using the TV for local runs. I would think someone might be tempted to kipe them from me. Another problem is swinging the bars towards the TV bumper is the position for release on my system. Take them off and save yourself some trouble.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:35 PM   #15
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Dirt roads? Hitch comes off as the dust and dirt get into the areas that need to be lubed. Paved roads....well depends on the length of stay. Bars go in the trailer storage, hitch goes into the back of the bed which has a cover. These hitches aren't cheap and people can snatch them if you don't have a locking pin.

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Old 08-09-2015, 02:16 PM   #16
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I remove the hitch from the receiver as soon as the trailer's set up and put in the basement. It feels oh so bad when you walk into it! Also, with a long wheelbase truck and that thing protruding out so far, I worry about someone getting the front end of their vehicle 'gored' by it in a parking lot..........
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:54 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by frjeff View Post
I received no instructions from the previous owner. Thus my ignorance.

Jeff... a Google search could save you lots of embarrassment. The manufacturer most likely has a website.

I have a decent locking hitch pin. When we camp, the drawbar stays on my truck. If I plan to leave the campground, I usually take the WD bars off and put them in the storage compartment. I recommend NOT leaving expensive bars or locking pins out in the open. On one of my first trips, one of my neighbors walked away with my locking pins. Made for a "fun" trip home. Ever since then, I lock things up if I plan to leave my site.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:00 PM   #18
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Always remove the hitch and bars and store them in the front pass through unless it is an overnighter. Too many grease stains to bother leaving it attached to the truck.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:51 PM   #19
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I take off hitch and bars, everything goes into the truck bed which "locks".

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Old 08-12-2015, 04:54 PM   #20
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It depends on the trip. If we out for the weekend and not planning to go anywhere, I just swing the bars to the truck. Sometimes I will pull the pins on my equalizer E4 bars and place the on the tt tongue behind the propane tanks. Rarely do I remove the hitch head.

I grease the ball so it is a bit messy, so I place a solo cup over it. I think it's a 12th cup that fits perfectly and will stay on at highway speeds

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