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Old 07-20-2020, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hanging a hitch

Ok, everyone knows that itís a pain to remove a hitch from the back of your truck. Trucks are to be used to haul things other than a FW hitch. Has anyone considered hanging the hitch from their trailer? Does it put too much downward pressure on the king pin?


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Old 07-20-2020, 10:38 PM   #2
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Never had a 5th and not sure if its recommended but there is no way the static weight of the hitch is more than the up/down forces driving down the road. I'd do it.
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I thought about it but then had a king pin welded with a loop on it. Then used engine hoist to lift pin out of truck bed after trips. This worked for me because I had a barn with concrete floor to park rig between trips. I would not be afraid of hanging hitch just concerned about the trouble lining up holes when reinstalling. Good luck


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Old 07-21-2020, 06:36 AM   #4
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We had a Trailer Saver BD3 air ride hitch with our previous truck and fifth wheel. Trailer Saver said it was fine to let the hitch hang from the king pin. As already stated, my concern was lining up the pins with my standard hitch rails so I never tried it. I started leaving the hitch in the truck from April to November after a few skirmishes with my back. It's no longer an issue since we had a Reese Goose Box installed on the Pinnacle.
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I've seen many do it, just never did myself.
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Old 07-21-2020, 06:28 PM   #6
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The hitch I have weighs about 300 lbs and is very nose heavy. I would be concerned the back of the hitch would hit the trailer overhang. I bought a winch from HF and mounted it to the ceiling in the garage. I use that to lift it out and put it on a furniture dolly to move around.
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Old 07-21-2020, 07:50 PM   #7
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Hanging Hitch

I want to thank all who responded. Iíve removed said hitch a few times, what prompted this thread was the MRS questioning its safety. Lining up the pins actually was easier then I expected when reinstalling hitch.
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:52 PM   #8
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It is hard enough getting to the front storage compartment without hitting the king pin. Having the hitch hanging down will be even worse unless u r in storage or not using your FW
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I have been doing it with my NorthPoint since 2015.
The hitch is a Reese Elite slider, it’s fairly heavy.
I leave it hanging all winter
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Klassic,
That is what is causing all ur slide problems, that or your battery tray!!!!
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That is what is causing all ur slide problems, that or your battery tray!!!!
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Hopefully Klassic does too. U gotta have humor if you got a schwintec!
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Thinking of switching to the Goose box hitch. We have the same trailer and truck setup and was wondering if you still like it and if you use the Ford 25K ball or an aftermarket ball with a 1 inch lift?
An info you could provide would be appreciated
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Thinking of switching to the Goose box hitch. We have the same trailer and truck setup and was wondering if you still like it and if you use the Ford 25K ball or an aftermarket ball with a 1 inch lift?
An info you could provide would be appreciated
After a COVID shortened season of use last year with about 4K miles towing, I still think where has this thing been all my life. It is very easy to use and hook up with my camera system. The ride and handling is the best of any combo truck/fifth wheel we have ever had, and that has been a few. What I really like is the positive hook up. Once it's on the ball it's there. There is a latch but it is kind of automatic. I had a Ford ball that came with my previous F350 dually with about a half inch rise. It sat too low. Then I tried a B&W, which I also already had, with a 3 inch rise and it was too tall. Next came a Pullrite ball with a 2 inch rise and it was just right. I sold the B&W for almost enough to buy the Pullrite so it was kind of wash.
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Thanks for the info. I was thinking about a 1" rise but I'll look into a 2 inch.
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