Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-05-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
Levon's Avatar
1985 27' Sovereign
1981 22' Excella II
Currently Looking...
Colbert , Georgia
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: 1948 22' Liner
Posts: 187
Images: 168
Exterior Hitch Storage

Greetings All,
My brother-in-law has come up with a very good way to store your hitch after parking your trailer. No more worry about leaving in the tow vehicle's receiver and busting your knees or getting grease all over your clothes. No carrying in the back of your tow vehicle or just leaving it on the ground near the trailer for someone to borrow and never return. Just lock in place and place a vinyl cover over the top to protect from the weather.

I will be making the same adjustment to mine in the near future, just wanted to share this with the forums members and give him credit. (James Witt).

Best Regards,
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GetAttachment.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	41.3 KB
ID:	83435   Click image for larger version

Name:	GetAttachment-1.jpg
Views:	80
Size:	35.7 KB
ID:	83436  

Click image for larger version

Name:	GetAttachment-4.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	40.9 KB
ID:	83437  

Levon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
fltlevel510's Avatar
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Between Here , And There
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 325
Nice idea! Just wondering if welding to the frame weakens the frame or if any damage can be done to electrical system since it is a negative ground system.

fltlevel510 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
Rivet Master
RLS's Avatar

2004 25' Classic
Prescott , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 564
Good post and a great idea! I like it, and will be making it

RLS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
moosetags's Avatar

2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,382
Images: 5
Neat idea.

SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2011 Silverado 3500 (Fred) with Outfitter Truck Camper (Ethel)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2009, 08:27 PM   #5
Rivet Master
TBRich's Avatar

2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,369
Images: 64
Great idea...have seen this sort of thing but welded to the bottom of the frame rather than the side so it goes into the receiver from the side. Handy idea...and I don't think it would interfere with frame strength as long as the frame has not been scored, cut or otherwise compromised in the process... Keep someone from walking away with your hitch, which would be a total bummer! We keep ours on the truck while camping and cover with a vinyl cover we made...
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
Kevin245's Avatar

Vintage Kin Owner
1973 Avion Travelcader 25' , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8,990
Images: 9
Good Idea...One of those "Now why did'nt someone think of this sooner" moments.

I wouldn't worry too much about tongue strength loss as long as the weld is of good quality and did not undercut the parent metal of the tongue. I will likely do this to ours as well.

Anybody want to buy my old shin guards now?

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Kevin245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 11:18 AM   #7
Rivet Master
funkill's Avatar

1973 27' Overlander
Sparks , Nevada
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,385
Images: 27
Sa-weet! Wish I could weld. Think Gorilla Glue would suffice?
funkill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 11:34 AM   #8

2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,802
Images: 1
Thumbs up

Towtector & haha makes it difficult, this was my solution.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	TOWTECTOR 003.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	352.9 KB
ID:	83490   Click image for larger version

Name:	HAHA SHINSAVER 003.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	256.8 KB
ID:	83491  

AF #1

"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 02:43 PM   #9
Rivet Master
Jim Foster's Avatar
1965 17' Caravel
1983 27' Excella
Walnut Grove/Laguna Woods , California
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,599
Send a message via Yahoo to Jim Foster
I store the bars inverted in their carrier on the side of the hitch. Then I put the hitch ball back in the socket on the tongue. I then take a "Brinks" long lock from Walmart and put it through one bar chain, the hitch lock-down on the tongue, then the other bar chain.
I then take a second long "Brinks" lock and put it through the hole on the hitch where the hitch pin goes when attached to the truck to keep someone from backing up and sliding the hitch into their TV and making off with the trailer.

Using this method keeps someone from using another hitch, and I don't have to use a lock in the tongue as I do in storage.

Works good for me.

Jim Foster is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hensley Hitch Parts Storage box. darlingbooks Hitches, Couplers & Balls 6 01-02-2009 04:12 PM
Hitch Storage clancy_boy Hitches, Couplers & Balls 6 04-14-2008 04:10 PM
Seals For Exterior Storage Doors DEITZ645 Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 5 03-25-2008 09:42 PM
Bambi Hitch Height - Equalizer Hitch Shank campadk Hitches, Couplers & Balls 3 08-31-2006 11:48 AM
Exterior Storage in the rear? darkStar Our Community 22 07-31-2003 07:56 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.