I found an easier way to lift and insert my trailer’s weight-distributing hitch into the receiver. It was a simple job to bend a ½-inch rod into a U-shaped handle. If your ball mount has adjusting holes, just insert the handle in the uppermost hole, and lift and insert the ball mount into the receiver. If your trailer is taller (as mine was after I raised it), just weld a block of steel with a 9/16-inch hole to the top of the adjustable mount. Then, after reassembling the ball mount, insert the handle through the steel block, and lift and insert it into the receiver.
With this easy-lift method, I have a free hand to balance or steady myself against my truck. I wish I had thought of this 20 years ago. I was able to do this project myself, but it would be a simple task for any welding shop.
Mike Holzhausen | Greenfield, Indiana