I'm going to buy a new implement and I can save a hundred bucks on shipping if I pick it up at the shipper's depot about 35 miles away. I have a topper on the back of my pickup that may need to come off for the new implement to fit.
I'm wondering if anybody uses the forks on their tractor to remove and install their truck topper. My topper is 6 feet long and about 200 lbs. My forks are 36 inches. I'll have to remove the topper's window at the back (which is designed to be easy to do). But with the window and structure at the front of the topper, it's center of gravity is going to be past the end of my forks. To keep it from falling off, I'm thinking of buying a 2 foot trailer hitch extension and putting in it the trailer receiver on the fork frame. (It as well as the forks will have to be padded to prevent scratching.) So I'll sandwich the topper between the forks and the bar protruding from the trailer hitch. What could go wrong?
I'd appreciate your wisdom regarding the approach I proposed and especially any other ideas you may have. I've wanted to take the topper off many times to get landscaping materials. I'm hoping there's a simple and safe way to do it.