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Old 08-13-2017, 07:56 PM   #1
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How do you store your hitch ball and sway bars on the road?

We have lots of grease on our hitch parts and like to keep them clean and away from things they may mess up. Does anyone know of a bag or box that will hold these parts?

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:11 PM   #2
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I had a friend weld a piece of receiver tube under the A frame in a spot that wouldn't interfere with anything. When the hitch comes off the truck it slides into the receiver on the A frame and gets locked there. I cover it with some pleather/vinyl to keep the rain off of it and grease off of me. I've got a blue Ox so the bars themselves don't have grease so they just go into the storage bag.

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:12 PM   #3
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Bars and anti-sway device go in rear storage compartment. It's only used for that kind of stuff. Also use white lithium grease to keep messto minimum. Hitch ball stays on truck unless we are going to town and then it either goes locked in bed of pickup or at campsite

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:19 PM   #4
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Blue Ox. I made a rolling cart to store the coupler and bars. Makes for easier movement and clean storage.

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:28 PM   #5
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I have a long storage box made by Plano (in the USA) that I store my hitch, bars, sway and front hitch accessories in. I can lock the box but don't need to lock it down as it is far too heavy to lift when full. When camping it's stored under the a-frame and when at home it's under the a-frame. In transit my leveling blocks and chocks go in there in the bed of my truck.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:34 PM   #6
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I use and EAZLift round bar hitch plus a pair of friction bars. My trailer has a big compartment behind the propane tank. The four bars all go in there. I built a box from plywood & 2x4s that encloses and covers the curved ends of the WD bars. That keeps the grease contained. The problem with this arrangement is that you have to lift the heavy bars in and out of this hard-to-reach compartment. My wife and I normally do it together but each of us can in fact to it by ourselves (and we are not strong people).

When I want my hitch head off the car, I put it in a big Rubbermaid plastic tote that I put next to the trailer. That keeps it clean and incognito. I don't have a good place in the car to put it.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:49 PM   #7
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When I Was using an Equalizer I made a box to hold the hitch head and bars out of 1x4 pine. It was slightly longer than the bars and slightly wider than the hitch head. The hitch head end was two 1x4s high. I put slotted 1x2s across the bottom to hold the bars and 1x4 rails to support the hitch head. I put 2x4s across the bottom and covered them with carpet so it wouldn't scratch the vinyl floor in my trailer. When camped the box went in the back of the truck, when stored it went in the trailer. I moved the empty box to where it needed to be and then put the hitch components in it.

With my Propride, I just pull the stinger out of the truck and connect it to the trailer. When the trailer is in storage, the facility uses the stinger to move the trailer. In camp I just swivel it out of the way.


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Old 08-13-2017, 08:54 PM   #8
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How do you store your hitch ball and sway bars on the road?

Pull ProPride stinger out of truck, set it down on garage floor near the wall. Rest of the greasy stuff stays on the AS, out of reach of my clothing. Frankly beats the heck out of the Husky setup that requires lots of work to install and uninstall.

I plan to build a support dolly to make the swap out or in easier in the future. I'm not always going to be able to heft the stinger like I can now... maybe something including a cheap bottle jack and appropriate linkages to make it super easy.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:10 PM   #9
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Hitch stays receiver. Spring bars and sway bar go in truck tool box.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:15 PM   #10
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Sway bars and spring bars are stored in the rear bumper compartment. The stinger is removed and stored in the truck bed in an old milk crate.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:39 PM   #11
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Blue Ox came with a duffel style bag. Bars and head go into bag. Grease gets wiped off and ziplock bag used for separation. Grease gun goes in same so all available when needed. Pat
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:48 PM   #12
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We put zip lock plastic bags on the greasy ends of the spring bars, which we then stow in the forward external storage compartment. The friction anti-sway also lives in this compartment.

We use the provided plastic ball cover on the ball. By being careful, the ball mount is kept grease free. We put the ball mount in the pickup bed or behind the driver's seat depending on how concerned we are with potential theft. We have a long box crew cab pick up, so leaving the ball mount in the pick up receiver isn't a good option--too long.

Storing the ball mount in the cab is not an ideal solution as lifting the ball mount clear of the second seat upholstery is a chore--its awfully darn heavy.

On our 31' Sovereign, we stored the spring bars and anti-sway in the bumper compartment. But this compartment was dusty which made hitching up a dirty chore.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:01 PM   #13
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Equal-i-zer hitch head stays in receiver in truck- I have a locking hitch pin and a Hitch tightener or anti-rattle device bolted on and Rock Tamers.
The Equal-i-zer weight bars stay in the L-brackets- I just pull the pun at the hitch head and slide the bars back in the L-brackets until the end of the bar is just under the front of the trailer and let the bars just sit there balanced on the L-brackets.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:35 PM   #14
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I hang mine over the A-frame and set the hitch on the ground.

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