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Old 11-17-2014, 03:20 PM   #15
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I made a wooden tray to hold the Equalizer hitch, add on tow mirrors, WD bars, and other miscellaneous stuff. It has carpet covered rails on the bottom which protect the floor when it is in the trailer. It slides on furniture glides on a two-part base that goes in the back of the truck. When we store the trailer, the tray goes in the trailer and then the hitch head, bars, mirrors, etc. are put in the tray. When we pick up the trailer, everything mounts on the truck and then the base and tray go in the back of the truck. The tray slides out onto the tailgate on a fold down flap so I don't have to lean over the tailgate to put the hitch in or get it out. If we are staying at a campsite long enough to unhitch, the hitch and accessories go in the tray, on the base, in the back of the truck.


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Old 11-17-2014, 04:17 PM   #16
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There has been mention of leaving the ball and hitch attached to the TV. My ball and hitch extend out from my TV too far for my comfort. What is it called, KNEE BREAKER? I think that I have seen in other threads that it unlawful in some states to leave the ball and hitch installed when not attached the a trailer or something.

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Old 11-17-2014, 04:46 PM   #17
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I leave the ball in the receiver on the truck. It doesn't stick out that far. (If you run into it, you are way too close to my truck.) Besides, with my knees and hips, it's really painful to get down there to pull that pin out.

The bars I lay across the A frame behind the propane tanks. No, I'm not worried about somebody stealling them. They're not much good without the head and the parts bolted to the A frame.

If, by some really strange twist of fate, somebody did steal them, I can tow the trailer on the ball to a dealer for a new hitch. My insurance deductable is only $250. Small price to pay for a new hitch. Besides, I would like to have a Blue Ox or ProPride, anyway.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:44 PM   #18
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I pull the ProPride stinger out of the truck when it's not hitched. It gets carefully dropped in a corner of the garage where I won't stumble or trip over it. Balance of the hitch stays on the trailer as a deterrent and convenient ballast.

My only real issue with the ProPride is the sheer weight of the stinger. Typically, once I hitch up at the start of a trip the stinger stays on the truck until we get to our final destination. I generally stay hitched enrout because we stay at pull through sites at KOA or other easy in and out sites. We've managed to avoid backing, especially because we tend to pull in fairly late in the day, a consequence of traveling with dogs that need regular breaks. I need to park and set up quietly in the dark to avoid disturbing others.

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Old 11-18-2014, 05:59 AM   #19
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Since we store our trailer at a secure location, we store our Hensley just inside the AS door.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:33 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by airdreamers View Post
It is too bad that we all have to be paranoid about securing our stuff. What is mine is mine and yours is yours, let it be. That being said, when "camping" I store the ball hitch locked into the tongue receiver, the bars and the sway bars are stored behind the gas tanks on the "A" frame.
BTW! When I bought our AS the mechanic at the dealership stressed the fact that I should not lock the ball to the AS receiver, in the unfortunate event that I needed to separate the trailer from the TV quickly and need a key! I won't get into the details as to why we would need to separate the vehicles, quickly!!
I store mine exactly the same way as you do, and have done it that way for years. Works well for us!
I do agree with your mechanic, by the way, I use a snap pin to secure the couple latch when traveling....we've never had to "quickly" separate the vehicles, thank goodness....

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Old 11-19-2014, 12:56 PM   #21
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Our 27 is an FB model, with the storage locker in front. I stow my Reese spring bars in there, with the greasy ends in ziploc bags. They fit perfectly along the front edge of the locker.

The locker holds three Rubbermaid 10 gallon Roughneck totes:

I love these things! Only about $7 each at Home Despot, and I must have a dozen of 'em. They hold the shore power cord, hoses, leveling blocks, etc.

The Reese ball mount stinger goes in one of them, and stows in the back of the Tundra. The BBQ lives in another one.
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:50 PM   #22
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We have an Equalizer hitch for 27FB International, I keep the bars in the compartment behind the propane tanks, and the TV portion I keep in the garage when at home, and if I camping for a while I place the TV portion in a cardboard box behind the driver's seat. If I have to keep the TV portion on I cover it with a plastic grocery bag, so the grease stays in tact and the parts don't get difficult to move where the sway bars attach. (Learned the hard way on that one)
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:32 AM   #23
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One of the nice things about our small trailer is there are no sway bars or extra items just the small hitch/ball, over which I put a small shopping bag and place it in the back of the Honda Pilot.
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Old 09-05-2015, 03:13 PM   #24
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The ProPride hitch head and bars stays on the AS. The stinger assembly lays on the floor of my garage sort of out of the way. When I get the time I plan to make a smallish box out of plywood scraps with wheels and a set of slots to hold the stinger at the correct height to slip it into the TV receiver. It's a PITA and back to pick it up and try to align it while struggling to carry it.

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Old 09-05-2015, 05:53 PM   #25
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I fabrIcated a bracket from 2" square tubing that clamps vertically on the A-frame. When not in use the hitch drops right in and can be locked with a cable or chain. Bars go in storage compartment. This keeps "wrestling" the hitch to a minimum.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:03 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
The ProPride head and bars are attached to the A-frame. When camping I pull ahead a foot and slide the stinger back into the head, at home we store the stinger in the garage. I treat the wear areas with CorrosionX and occasionally with touchup paint, then cover it when stored.

This is what I do. Once unhooked at the campground I just take the hitch loose from the truck and lock it back into the head (ProPride) and then secure it with a pad lock. I also have a lock pin for the hitch so no one can hook up to it. At home the hitch part goes in the garage.

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