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Old 02-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Trailer Receiver & Hitch Disconnect

Found out yesterday I have a bad Sacroiliac. Got an injection in my left posterior to help relieve the pain. Has anyone developed a way of handling the trailer hitch (Bambi 19') after disconnected. My wife and I could possibly handle, but hate to chance it. I would hate this problem to deny me the opportunity to go Airstreaming and meeting more great folks. Any ideas?
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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If you are asking about the hitch head and removing it from the receiver why bother. I don't remove mine unless I want to change to a smaller ball for my other trailer.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:19 PM   #3
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I agree with HowieE. Are you asking about something other than leaving the hitch bar in your tow vehicle?
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #4
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If that is what your talking about I agree about leaving it in for the entire trip, maybe even the season, just don't leave it in year round if you are going to be near any roads with salt on them. Rust is not your friend.

If it's not what your asking about, a picture of your hitch and a little explanation would help. There are many, many different hitches that could be used with your trailer.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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Never thought about leaving it in. Sorry, no pictures. It is a:

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The hitch is shaped like a "Z." Top inserted into the receiver on the truck, extending out about 8-10". The ball sets on the lower part of the "Z." I do like the idea about leaving it in---and marking it with florescent tape so others can see it---wouldn't be such a bad idea---before you say it: remove the sway bars, of course. I knew I could get my answer here. Many thanks.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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I have an Equal-i-zer also.
For the most part I leave it in all the time.
There is some slop or play between the receiver and the shank and it clunks and rattles when I hit a bump or pothole.
Has anyone thought of a good way to shim the slop/play to make it not rattle and clunk?
Seems like with some sort of shim there would be less rattle and clunk while towing, also.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:25 AM   #7
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I put an appropriate sized piece of black Gorilla Glue duct tape on the front and back part of the hitch shank. Depending on your amount of "slop" you may not need to wrap it all the way around, but just do a section.
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Found out yesterday I have a bad Sacroiliac. Got an injection in my left posterior to help relieve the pain. Has anyone developed a way of handling the trailer hitch (Bambi 19') after disconnected. My wife and I could possibly handle, but hate to chance it. I would hate this problem to deny me the opportunity to go Airstreaming and meeting more great folks. Any ideas?
As for handling the hitch head at home if you want to easily remove/install, here is what I have suggested for a friend who recently had surgery that has limited her ability to manually handle the hitch. The plan is the she can just roll this over to the back of the truck, gently lift the hitch head, "unplug" it from the receiver, and roll it over in the corner of the garage while it's not in use. And of course just reverse the process to reinstall it. Should be easy for her, as she parks the truck on the smooth garage floor, and has plenty of room to maneuver this around.

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I've got major back problems also, and while not a total solution, I made a handle that stays on the hitch at all times, and it's much easier to lift.

I've made several, but the current one is a bolt thru an unused hole at the top of the drawbar, with a couple of homemade straps of metal, up to another bolt with a piece of rubber hose over it. While the weight is still there, it gives me a much better angle, and hand grasp, allowing me to lift with my legs instead of my back.

If you don't have scrap metal available, you can use a length of rope tied thru the holes with a piece of rubber hose as the handle, and that way it could be any length/height to make it easier on your back.

Also, the "handle" makes a nice "guide" to run the electrical cable thru protecting it from the rest of the hitch, and from other possible damage.
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Another option is to leave it attached to the Airstream. I did it that way with my previous Reese Dual Cam. It requires delicacy and a helper. When disconnecting, find the position where no forces are acting on the stinger, remove the pin and clip, and drive forward. When hooking up again, it is obviously the reverse. This is where a helper, a good (almost perfect) aim, and delicacy is required. I would reverse in to get it close. My helper would bring it in the rest of the way once I had it all lined up by making adjustments with the jack and holding the stinger in the required position. We became really good at it and it worked most of the time. Sometimes it did not work at all so I did it the normal way but the TV was close. When I changed to a Hensley, hooking up was easy due to this experience. Jim
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Another option is to leave it attached to the Airstream. I did it that way with my previous Reese Dual Cam. It requires delicacy and a helper. When disconnecting, find the position where no forces are acting on the stinger, remove the pin and clip, and drive forward. When hooking up again, it is obviously the reverse. This is where a helper, a good (almost perfect) aim, and delicacy is required. I would reverse in to get it close. My helper would bring it in the rest of the way once I had it all lined up by making adjustments with the jack and holding the stinger in the required position. We became really good at it and it worked most of the time. Sometimes it did not work at all so I did it the normal way but the TV was close. When I changed to a Hensley, hooking up was easy due to this experience. Jim
My helper would help me bend/destroy a power jack trying to thread a needle that tight! Hensley or PP would be a different story, a little more room to spare and the backup camera would function fine in that case.
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Yes, I agree. I started doing it in my youth (50) when I didn't know any better. My aim improved with experience and I found it beneficial to assume all responsibility for missteps. Jim
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I like that little jack thingy. I leave mine in all the time, it is so heavy.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:31 AM   #14
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Yes, I agree. I started doing it in my youth (50) when I didn't know any better. My aim improved with experience and I found it beneficial to assume all responsibility for missteps. Jim
Mr. Flower: My aim ain't any better and getting worse as I progress in age. About assuming all responsibility....Already done did that long ago--at least I am still married.

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