At the last minute I bailed on taking the Jeep to Fruita. The hitch was stuck in the reciever and I wanted to use the rear rack for the trip. I tried several things to get it out, and even when resorting to a hammer the damn thing wouldn't come out. Anyway, universal opinion said: Don't try to pull it out.
You were all wrong.
Hitching post + tow strap + hitch + 225 Ft-pound of torque and it pulled right out.