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Old 04-15-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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What to do with hitch?

Having just transitioned from 15 years in a motorhome to my first travel trailer, I realized that I have never paid attention to what people do with the weight-distributing hitch while in a campground. How much of it do you leave connected to the truck while driving around? Do you leave any of it attached to the trailer? Do you have a storage compartment in the trailer that you keep it locked up? If you have a hitch lock, can you just disconnect from the receiver and leave it hanging from the tongue?
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:55 PM   #2
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I leave the hitch attached and toss the sway bars in the outside storage on my trailer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:56 PM   #3
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ALWAYS remove the draw bar. Store everything inside the truck or trailer. Those Equalizer draw bars are EX-PENS-IVE!!!
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:04 PM   #4
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I installed a 4" PVC pipe mounted to the upper area of my storage bay. I use that to slide the distribution bars into when not in use. That keeps them "put away" and prevents grease from getting all over my other stuff that is in there.

I leave the hitch on the truck so I don't have to fool with it later when it is time to leave the campground. When the trailer is being stored I put the hitch in the storage bay.

I have a ball cover so that when the hitch is on the truck I don't have to worry about bumping into it and getting grease on my clothes and such.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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This is what I installed to deal with the distribution bars.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #6
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Very personal, with what you do with it. My issue is my back is not as strong as it used to be, so I do not want to move it any more than I have to. For us if it is just a typical weekend campout, I leave the hitch assembly on the TV. I will put a Solo cup over the ball to keep from getting grease on our legs. I think a 15 oz solo cup fits perfectly, and will stay on while driving down the highway. If we have lots of kids with us, I typically place the hitch under the A-Frame of the trailer. I will then put the bars on top of the a-Frame behind the propane tanks.

At home, I place the whole hitch assembly on a piece of plywood that is up on a couple 2x4’s under the rear of the TT, it is out of sight and out of the way, and out of the weather.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:12 PM   #7
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I haven't done it yet, but I plan to bolt a receiver to the frame of my trailer near the batteries. It will allow me to leave it with the trailer and I only have to move it a couple feet. I plan on spot welding the bolts so it can't easily be removed and that should allow me to lock the hitch onto the trailer. I will just tie a garbage bag over it to keep it dry. I too am planning on using the pvc pipe for the bars.
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:52 PM   #8
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I leave the hitch attached and toss the sway bars in the outside storage on my trailer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:02 PM   #9
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I leave the hitch on the tow vehicle with a keyed pin and put the sway bars in the storage compartment or sometimes I just lay them across the frame behind the battery, depends on where I'm at.
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I leave the hitch on the tow vehicle with a keyed pin and put the sway bars in the storage compartment or sometimes I just lay them across the frame behind the battery, depends on where I'm at.
Same here.
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