Fifth 5th Wheel hitch removal and return

swbouton

Junior Member
#1
I've got a 2008 Dodge dually 3500 diesel 4x4 with a 5th wheel installed in the bed. I want to use the truck bed for other things from time to time. Has anyone come up with a reasonable way for one person (a large, but old guy) to remove the hitch and to get it back on safely and without breaking any body parts? I tried to pick the hitch up off the ground and put it on the back, but couldn't --- too heavy and way too high.

Thanks,

Steve
 

Shadow

Senior Member
#2
Hi Steve, Some say just to leave it hooked up to the trailer. Pull the pins and raise it up. Never tried it, just be careful it's not in a bind when you pull the pins.
 

C Nash

Senior Member
#3
I have done like Shadow said but some mfg dont recommend doing that. Guess the weight hanging there might be to much.
 

LEN

Senior Member
#4
If you have a garage, shop, tree a boat winch will work without much effort. That way you don't lift or strain and you can swing it back into place.


LEN
 
#5
You wont hurt anything letting the hitch hang, but it sure is a lot harder to hook back up! I dont know the brand hitch you have, but most can be taken apart in 2 pieces and removed a lot lighter.
 
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