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Old 07-28-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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Pullrite hitch removal

Hey there....it's the rookie again, with a question I wonder if anyone has input on. I just purchased a gently used Pullrite 4400 SuperGlide with the "under the bed" mounting brackets so I can remove the hitch when not needed. Riiiiigght. This little dumpling isn't so easy to move weighing in at over 200#. Since we are "sometimers" and not full timers, I use my truck for daily transportation, so I want that clean bed when not towing. (I know....a PIMA to mess with). I'm trying to figure out a clever way to get it off the truck without asking for help to lift it out without needing back surgery. Options that come to mind are a chain hoist from my boat stall, or putting a "slide board" at the back of the tail gate and slide it down to the ground. Anybody out there faced this need before?
Secondly if I may ask, the Super Rail mounting kit requires, drilling some holes into the bed in order for the mounting posts to be positioned. When the entire hitch is out, I'll have these holes there. Are there plastic or rubber plugs available that anyone knows of that will fit?
Sorry to be needy, but hoping I can pull from the wealth of knowledge out there to help my transition to "big boy" glamping...
Oh btw....to those that responded with doubts about the 2015 Denali 2500 HD pulling the rig, you are all probably right with regard to suspension... Have Air Lift air bag system on the way for installation. Best I can do with the hand I'm dealt...
Thanks in advance folks...
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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I have a similar system in my truck. It came with rubber plugs for the holes when not using them. Etrailer.com also has them. on my Reese the head comes off making it weigh in less to remove. but I use a fork lift anyway, just easier.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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I would use the chain hoist, gravity will unload it, but loading is a hole 'nother thing.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:11 PM   #4
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Figuring on the chain hoist, but thought I'd ask.

To Foxfire, I checked Etrailer.com and not sure what to search for re: rubber plugs. Any ideas on what to even call them? Did you see them by chance on etrailer.com?
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I have never done it, but have seen where when they unhook, instead of releasing the pin, they release the hitch from the bed of the truck, raise the trailer, and pull out leaving the hitch attached to the trailer. Something to maybe check into.
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Stoker,

I've seen some folks that have their hitches still hooked up to their trailer and then pull the truck out from under it. I don't like the looks of it but it can be done.

I think you might have the wrong hitch for easy removal. I used to pull my trailer with a short bed F350 without a problem and I didn't have a slider. I used a B&W which is easy to remove.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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I have some experience removing my Pullrite hitch. I installed a hoist purchased at Harbor freight. Then I attached chain at the 4 points on the hitch. Photo attached

The problem with this design was that it was difficult to get the truck positioned exactly at the fulcrum point. The second problem is that the weight of the head caused the hitch to list when pulled. The result was that the hitch became catawampus and I bent the pins. Photo attached.

An engineer buddy of mine worked on a solution for me using a cigar box and string! The result was as pictured below. It pulled straight and was also very easy to align to reinstall.

BTW, the frame was built from 2x4's, with 2 4x4's in the center for support. Bolts were drilled through the 2x4's to align with the pull points on the hitch.

Also, since I had a factory bed liner, I didn't use plugs. The frame rails were easily blown out before reinstallation. If I was hauling dirt or rock, I just put a small sheet of ply over all 4 holes.

Hope that helps,

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Old 07-28-2014, 05:08 PM   #8
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Figuring on the chain hoist, but thought I'd ask.

To Foxfire, I checked Etrailer.com and not sure what to search for re: rubber plugs. Any ideas on what to even call them? Did you see them by chance on etrailer.com?
http://accessories.etrailer.com/search?p=Q&lbc=etrailer&uid=629291245&ts=v2&w=rubb er covers&af=dep:accessoriesandparts&nf=&isort=score& method=and&view=grid

I cant get the link to work but a search for rubber covers and or rubber pucks brought up more than a few of the hole plugs

http://accessories.etrailer.com/search?p=Q&lbc=etrailer&uid=629291245&ts=v2&w=rubb er covers&af=dep:accessoriesandparts&nf=&isort=score& method=and&view=grid
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Hey there....it's the rookie again, with a question I wonder if anyone has input on. I just purchased a gently used Pullrite 4400 SuperGlide with the "under the bed" mounting brackets so I can remove the hitch when not needed. Riiiiigght. This little dumpling isn't so easy to move weighing in at over 200#. Since we are "sometimers" and not full timers, I use my truck for daily transportation, so I want that clean bed when not towing. (I know....a PIMA to mess with). I'm trying to figure out a clever way to get it off the truck without asking for help to lift it out without needing back surgery. Options that come to mind are a chain hoist from my boat stall, or putting a "slide board" at the back of the tail gate and slide it down to the ground. Anybody out there faced this need before?
Secondly if I may ask, the Super Rail mounting kit requires, drilling some holes into the bed in order for the mounting posts to be positioned. When the entire hitch is out, I'll have these holes there. Are there plastic or rubber plugs available that anyone knows of that will fit?
Sorry to be needy, but hoping I can pull from the wealth of knowledge out there to help my transition to "big boy" glamping...
Oh btw....to those that responded with doubts about the 2015 Denali 2500 HD pulling the rig, you are all probably right with regard to suspension... Have Air Lift air bag system on the way for installation. Best I can do with the hand I'm dealt...
Thanks in advance folks...
I have a Pullrite 20.5K Super Fifth hitch and you are right, these hitches are heavy. You can easily remove the head which makes it a little easier to do, but that main frame is still a load. I use a small tractor with loader and fork lift to do mine.

Relative to the plugs, you can call Pullrite and give them the information about your hitch and they have plugs available which you can purchase or they will tell you where you can obtain them.
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Good morning fellow travelers! It's Stoker the rookie tagging up with the community once more for some of that fine "worth more than what I'm paying for" advice from its members. We finally did it.....I'm sporting "Wood" now with the 2013 38BR, and yes, I still have the 2015 2500 HD Denali to yank it around. Installed wireless air bags and the Pull Rite 4400 hitch, and the bed barely sagged when I coupled up at the dealer with only 5# air in the bags. Bumped the air up to 25#, which I'm still playing with, but think even that is going to be a little stiff. Rear axle weight on the truck is 6800#, so I know I'm overloaded a bit. So....here's the rub....I have a Retrax rollup bed cover on the truck. The channels for the Retrax are about 1" higher than the actual bed rail, giving me about 3" between top of this channel and the bottom of the overhang of the trailer as it sits coupled up. Another buddy (fellow 5er), says I need 5-6" clearance. Other forums reflect same. Pull Rite says no adjustment in the hitch vertically, but I can buy a 3" lift kit. Today, the rig sits perfectly level when coupled up. Raising the hitch 3" is going to make ride profile high in the front and lower at rear of coach. This worries me re: rear clearance, extra load on rear axle bearings/tires. Master Hitch here in Houston says they can "flip" the axles. I am going this morning to the storage unit to see if axles are on top of or under the springs. My thread to you guys is this: Can the pin box be adjusted any to give me more vertical clearance, so I don't have to buy/install a 3" lift kit under the SuperGlide hitch? If the Rotoflex Pin Box can be adjusted, how difficult is it? Thanks in advance for the guidance!
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