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Old 10-23-2009, 04:57 AM   #1
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I've see this discussed on other forums but I'd like a Crossroads perspective.



The question is does anyone leave the hitch attached to the 5er and pull their truck out from under the hitch, thus leaving the hitch hanging on the pin?



I have a reese signature series 18K hitch for pulling my Cruiser. The hitch uses the puck system that allows it to be removed from the bed. I often go hunting this time of year and need the bed of the truck for dog boxes. I can transport the boxes in the camper for the trip but need space for them in the back of the truck when hunting. Would rather not be dependent on having someone available to lift the hitch in and out of the truck.



Other forums seem to suggest this practice is just fine. What say you all?
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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Can't say I've ever heard of that. They actually leave the hitch hooked to the king ping and pull out from under it? I believe that is a practice that I will stay away from. I would rig up a pulley system of some sort to raise the hitch then pull out from under it. Then you can lower the hitch to the ground instead ofleaving it hanging. An 18K Signature Series is to much $$$ to leave hanging.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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I don't see it doing any damage, just keep a padlock on it so no one can unhook it.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:58 AM   #4
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I have read where a lot of people do this and never have an issue. I don't kow if I would want that much weight hanging from my pin all the time but it may not be a problem.
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:00 AM   #5
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I have abuddy who does that, it hangs there all winter, he pad locks it on, then covers the hitch with a tarp, it sure isn't going to hurt anything if you leave it there, they are heavy to haul around, I have been tempted to do it but I keep mine in my barn.....
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:04 AM   #6
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If I didn't have a place to store mine I would do exactly the same thing. If the in box can't take that kind of weight hanging off of it, we are all in trouble.



I have a friend who does it with his all the time. Never heard of any problems from him.



I agree with the above, lock it. This way nobody can take your hitch nor your trailer.

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Old 10-23-2009, 06:20 AM   #7
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Just to clarify, this would not be for a long period. Couple of days at the most. I remove the hitch at home for long term storage using the loader on my tractor and set it on a homemade dolly so I can move it out of the way.



Lock sounds like a good idea though.



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Old 10-27-2009, 12:40 AM   #8
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I leave mine hanging on the pin all winter. Have done it that way for years. Always padlock it so no one ends up with it on top of them.

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Old 10-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the helpful responses. I tried this two days ago, and it seems to work fine. Have not tried to put the hitch back in the truck yet. Lining up the holes might be a little of a trick. I'll let you know how that works.



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I do this all the time. By the way, don't even try to line up the holes. I just lower it down into the bed when I am close, release the hitch from the pin, pull the truck forward so I have room to work, and lift the hitch into the proper position within the rails. Mine stays on the pin all winter (covered with tarp and locked).
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