All of those compartment pieces do come out with some finagling. I took mine out about 8 years ago, stripped, and painted with white rustoleum. They need it again. I will use Por15 next time.
I also completely sandblasted the whole tongue and my Hensley hitch and painted with automotive primer and an epoxy automotive paint. It stull looks good, but needs touch up. That was a big job. The compartments were pretty easy.
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