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 Post subject: Hitch Storage
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:04 pm 
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What do you do for storage of your fifth wheel hitches over the winter? We are going to be moving houses soon, and it would be nice to be able to use the bed of my truck to load stuff into. I had thought of pulling the hitch and storing it inside the basement of the 5er (hoping that the good quality locks on the rig will keep it safe), but I wasn't sure about having that much weight sitting in one place for a couple of months. I'd rather not be lugging around 350 pounds of hitch while moving houses if I can help it. Thanks!!

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 Post subject: Re: Hitch Storage
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:58 pm 
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I've seen many, who just leave the hitch hanging from the pin. Not me, I live in AZ. But it seems like a reasonable solution?

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I hang mine on the trailer pin. I pull four pins from the bed rails and lift the hitch with the trailer landing gear. It hangs there all winter.

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I pick mine up with one hand and put it in the cargo space under the front of our unit. I guess I should tell you that we have the Andersen hitch and it only weight about 50#. Sorry. :cfire


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before my FIL got his Andersen he would put the Reese on a movers dolly and just slide it under his trailer. Now he just tosses the hitch under there.

AS for me, my gooseneck never comes out

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I have a Pullrite auto slide, and completely take it apart every year, and leave it in the garage. This lets me inspect all the parts, and clean them up. Then spray some W-D40 on everything for rust protection. Taking it apart, and moving it from the bed, is done by myself, and in less than an hour for everything. Removal, cleaning, and storing.

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I'm definitely going to go with the dolly/platform for the hitch to store it in the garage during the winter. I even have bracing going into the new garage for a hoist to lift it out of the bed of the truck for me. Long term, that's probably going to be the best for longevity.

Hanging it from the pin does sound interesting. I never thought about doing that. And in all reality, towing 15k pounds down the road stresses the pin much more than hanging a 350 pound hitch on it for a couple of months would. I think I'll have to hang it from the pin to get through this winter.

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Be sure to lock the release handle so the hitch is not accidently released from the pin.

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kcubsamoht wrote:
What do you do for storage of your fifth wheel hitches over the winter? We are going to be moving houses soon, and it would be nice to be able to use the bed of my truck to load stuff into. I had thought of pulling the hitch and storing it inside the basement of the 5er (hoping that the good quality locks on the rig will keep it safe), but I wasn't sure about having that much weight sitting in one place for a couple of months. I'd rather not be lugging around 350 pounds of hitch while moving houses if I can help it. Thanks!!

I have pulled the hitch and stored it inside.

Doc

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