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Old 09-27-2015, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hitchgrip demo

Here is a short demo of the Hitchgrip. It does make handling weight distributing hitches some easier to handle.



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Old 09-28-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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I can usually grip my hitch pretty good....

It's my dirty ball cover that needs griping.... zip-ties forever!!!


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Old 09-28-2015, 08:24 AM   #3
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I just purchase a Hitchgrip a few weeks ago. Now that I have a 3/4T truck I went with the 2 1/2" Equalizer shank. I had to get the longest model 2 1/2" shank, 12" with 6" drop and put the head on the last set of bolt holes. When I got the Hitchgrip it almost didn't work. The handle, when attached to the ball, is right over the shank top with no space under it. I have to grap the Hitchgrip handle closer to the Equalizer head so its a little off balance. Its still a lot easier to move the hitchhead/shank around then without.

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Old 09-28-2015, 08:30 AM   #4
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That would by my issue. I do not think it would safely fit my bar. Without being to grip the handle properly the leverage gained would be defeated.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:57 AM   #5
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If they made it with another 1 1/2" height between the ball clamp and the handle it would allow me to get a gloved hand under the handle. Still, its a lot easier using it then not. I don't have to stoop low to pick up the head and then stoop down to insert it in the receiver. I still use my legs to help lift the head off the floor with the Hitchgrip. The 2 1/2" shank by itself is 30+lbs, with the head attached I'm sure its over 70lbs. Gotta watch my back. Had a laminectomy 15 years ago.

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I contacted the company about using with extended drop bars and got this response back,


"Unfortunately, we do not yet offer a HitchGrip compatible with ball mounts using oversized shanks. If you are unable to use the product conformably due to clearance issues, I suggest you return for a refund. Our apologies for the inconvenience! If we had a fix, I would certainly send it to you, but at this time we simply do not have a product or kit that works with drop-hitches.

If you have any other questions or concerns please let us know."
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I use a piece of rope tied in a loop through one of the unused holes in the shank.
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I have a handle attached to the 'stinger'... adding the mudflaps adds a lot of weight..
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Well it sure won't work with a Hensley or ProPride will it?

And do the make different ones for smaller balls?

And a lot of people probably couldn't carry that much weight one handed anyway. When I traded my truck I left my do-it-yourself hitch lifter in the old one. I need to make a new one soon. It was just a piece of seat belt material with a BIG loop on one end and a small loop on the other. The big loop went over the whole trunnion and the small end was looped over the part that went into the Hensley. I then ducked under it and carried the trunnion like a paperboy with the old canvas bag. (should make a new one WITH a bag for the dirty rusty trunnion... or just mug the local paperboy!)

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The hahaheavy stays put....


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Like the cones, very stylish. I used to use an old fishing boot I found at the docks but someone walked off with it. I guess it must have been a one legged midget.
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It looks like the ball might slip out if the grip is tilted a bit- as it did when he put it on the ground in the video. Might get ugly if it did that while it was being carried. You also have to deal with a greasy hitch-grip.
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It looks like the ball might slip out if the grip is tilted a bit- as it did when he put it on the ground in the video. Might get ugly if it did that while it was being carried. You also have to deal with a greasy hitch-grip.
I looked at these and had the same thought. I hope they have product liability insurance.
I found it easier to just drill and tap the top of the shank and add a square U-bolt with one end cut off.
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I just put on a pair of gloves and pick it up using my legs to lift. My coupler is right at my max lifting limit.
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