Removing 5th wheel hitch

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OK, I toss the BS flag on that one. When I was younger I could bench my weight a couple of times in a row. Not gonna say 225# was ever a 1-hand lift, though. :rolleyes:
You are welcome to toss whatever flag you like. I have absolutely no idea what I could bench but, I worked north of 60 for a long time. In that part of the country fuel came in 45 and 55 gallon drums. There was no mechanical assist for loading and unloading them. I cannot count the number of those barrels I loaded and unloaded from the deck of a Nodwell, jet boat, pier to plane, umatik and every other thing used to transport them. It is a two handed lift but those drums weigh from 450 to 550 pounds each. In addition to those, all the other freight was hand balmed too. We did that for hours a day because there was no other option. I was FAR from the biggest or strongest guy that I worked with. What some of the really big guyscould lift was truly amazing.

I am really glad I don't have to make a living doing that any more but working and living up there for many years was a tremendous experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
 
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That reminds me of working on the dairy farm in Connecticut, when i was a teenager.
In the winter, we fed the cows grass & corn silage.
corn in the morning & grass in the afternoon.
Grass loses its flavor about mid winter, it gets sour.
We would have to drive to the feed store & buy 50 gallon drums of Molasses. The drums had to be tapped & then lifted onto a rack that was higher than a 5 gallon pail.
Of course no one else was around, when the barrel was empty.
I could never lift them into place today :(
 

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If you have a garage, I have one these lil HF guys (440# dual cable) hanging from a reinforced rafter.
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with one these hitch lifting bracket (amazon)
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and put the hitch on one of these guys
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setup worked great for also getting out the 200# generator and ?# compressor out of the bed
 

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One time at a campground, I could not get the curt hitch to lock on the pin. So I did just what you described... hung the receiver portion on the king pin, and then lowered the assembly into the hitch in the truck. It will work.
 

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I completely agree with you, I’ve only been towing for 50 years and haven’t seen it either. I’m just thinking that if the kingpin box is rated for towing 15.5 K why can’t it pick up a 225lbs hitch. Once it’s in the bed of the truck I can unhook it and relocate it to lock it in the truck but I don’t need to dead lift 225lbs 3 feet in the air….Just a thought. Obviously I’m inquiring with the trailer manufacturer as well.

I haven't read through the entire thread, but having been around fifth wheels all of my 40 years, I have seen people do this several times...then wonder why their hitch fails suddenly.

Fifth wheel hitches aren't designed to be picked up by the jaws, which is essentially what you're doing. They are designed and tested to handle a little bit of up and down movement, and a LOT of horizontal force.

My advice is to separate the hitch if it's too heavy to lift in one unit. The hitch 'head' should come off with just a couple of hitch pins, then the base can be lifted separately. I've been installing them this way for years now, and it makes it a one-man operation.
 

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I did this for 12 years on my old trailer. I'd store it that way during the off season too. New trailer I haven't done it yet but that's mostly because of lack of need. Kids are older now so I have help getting hitch in/out of truck. I think you should make your own decision. Is it the correct way to do it? No. Will it work without issue? Did for me for 12 years.
 

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I've seen guys lift the rear of their trucks up because they forgot to pull the pin. I don't 'think' a 225# hitch is going to be harmed or harm anything lifting it out of the bed with the trailer. But like someone else mentioned, lock it on so it can't accidentally fall on some poor kid trying to swing from it.
 

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I actually contacted Lippert and they advised I could remove a PullRite 2315 (weighs more than 225). I wasn’t comfortable with how high I had to use the landing gear to accomplish this. I went to Harbor Freight, got a 2 ton engine hoist and use that. Works great.
 

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If you have a garage, I have one these lil HF guys (440# dual cable) hanging from a reinforced rafter.
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with one these hitch lifting bracket (amazon)
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and put the hitch on one of these guys
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setup worked great for also getting out the 200# generator and ?# compressor out of the bed
That would work, I had a winch like that in the shop, as well as real chain hoist.
But for most of this type of thing ,That is why God made front end loaders, and the kids are never home when you need them seems like.
 
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