Removing 5th wheel mount from truck bed

Discussion in 'Hitches & Towing Questions' started by swbouton, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. swbouton

    swbouton Junior Member

    I find a lot of times I need to remove the 5th wheel mount from my truck. I don't always have someone around to help me get it off and back on. I can sort of get it off OK on my own, but this senior citizen body doesn't quite have it to get the mount back on to the truck bed.

    I don't have anywhere to mount a winch. Has anyone come up with a solution to this problem?


  2. swbouton

    swbouton Junior Member

    I think I can do this with a "come-along" and a 2x10
  3. krsmitty

    krsmitty Senior Member


    Do mine the same way as you.:concern:

    Do you tear yours down? I take the pivot bolt out and tear it down into two pieces.
  4. swbouton

    swbouton Junior Member

    Mine doesn't come apart. 4 pins hold the mount to the bed. I pull the pins and drop the mount. If the truck bed wasn't so high I could put it back on the bed myself, but even at 6'2" the bed (tailgate) is still way too high.
  5. JCZ

    JCZ Member

    Good question. If you're in a situation where you have to do it by yourself, you might try using a skid to slide it up on to the truck bed, using a small come-along hooked to one of your front tie downs. I had (just sold it) an aluminum folding motorcycle ramp that would have worked great for that.
  6. renegade

    renegade New Member

    I made a light duty "crane" that fits into the hitch receiver and uses a boat trailer winch to lift and lower the 5th wheel hitch. It is just a very simple L shaped piece of 2" square tubing that fits in to an extension out of the receiver long enough to clear the tailgate and is about 4 1/2 feet tall with a 2 foot bar on top with a pulley on it and a boat winch for power. It comes apart in 3 pieces so is light enough and still strong enough to lift the hitch. Mine is welded but it could be bolted as well.

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