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#3290506 - 02/22/14 11:33 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 8445
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
I hate when idiots leaves their tailgate down. This does NOT improve highway aerodynamics only a kicker cap might help airflow and turbulent drag.
I've closed a few at WM lots and no one gave me any lip. Call it a Peeve.
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#3290511 - 02/22/14 11:39 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
MNgopher Offline


Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 2943
Loc: Lakeville, MN
I leave mine in when I am using it a lot. Right now I have one in with no ball that I use with a clevis and tow strap for pulling stuck cars out of the snow. Used a few too many times in the last few days.

If my leaving it in means you hurt yourself on it while walking past my truck or from rear ending me in accident, here's a tip : You are too close!

I was rear ended once and the driver said I wish you didn't have your hitch in. I said to him that I wished he wasn't tailgating me in the first place. He had no response.

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#3290516 - 02/22/14 11:48 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: 01rangerxl]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 10791
Loc: The Motor City
Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
I leave it in as a tailgating deterrent. It does help. I had a big tow hook in the receiver of my Explorer and nobody tailgated that thing. It also protects the bumper should someone run their car into it.

As for hitting your shins, it's not too hard to watch where you are going. That seems like something that's pretty easy to avoid.


This thread reminds me of the book, "Unsafe at any speed" by Ralph Nader. Though he had a lot of wonky ideas, the title of his book came from the fact that some cars were a hazard even when parked. He wrote about one incident where a bicyclist lost control of his bike and got impaled by the fin of a 1959 Cadillac, illustrating how dangerous vehicles can be even standing still. He had a good point there, and in ensuing years cars were made to be pedestrian friendly, and not loaded with pointy objects - like the airplane on the hood of my dad's 55 Ford, or the bullets on the hood of my 57 Chevy - which can impale pedestrians. This action should be extended to trailer hitches as well.

As far as asking people to be careful, this can be applied to most any hazard. Why do you think we have guard rails and decelleration barrels at abutments, and even salt the sidewalks? The same argument can be applied here as well -- just be careful! Much as we ask the public to be careful, we also have to recognize the fact that hazards exist, and we need to minimize them. Leaving a sharp object sticking out of your vehicle is irresponsible.

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#3290521 - 02/22/14 11:53 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 01/21/14
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#3290523 - 02/22/14 11:56 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 6980
Loc: Maricopa, AZ
I just remove mine when I am done. I do not remove it as curiosity but as a weight saving move.

I will admit I am peeved when I am driving around and I see a hitch on a truck that I know that has not towed anything in months or ever.
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#3290535 - 02/22/14 12:20 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: 01rangerxl]
Propflux01 Offline


Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 3088
Loc: Arkansastan
Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
As for hitting your shins, it's not too hard to watch where you are going. That seems like something that's pretty easy to avoid.

You'd be surprised how easy it is to bang your shin on one when it's installed on a giant 4 door long bed pickup parked at a mall or a WM and already sticking out 2 feet past the other cars...

My take on the tailgaters, if your having that much of an issue with tailgaters that you feel a hitch sticking out is going to deter them, perhaps you might want to think about either speeding up or pulling aside to let them by. Where I live there are a lot of pickup drivers that go 5-10 under the limit, hold up traffic, with no load or trailer, then give you an evil eye or a finger when you pass them.
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#3290536 - 02/22/14 12:23 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: volk06]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33552
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: volk06
Why? Because I use it a lot of the time, it's not illegal in Iowa and it'll teach the person who rear ends me to be pay better attention instead of texting or being distracted.


this!

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#3290541 - 02/22/14 12:26 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: dave1251]
NHHEMI Offline


Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 5123
Loc: NH
It is not a "hitch" 1st of all. It is a ball mount or draw bar. The hitch is the part mounted to the vehicle's frame or bumper( called the receiver ).

Nothing wrong with leaving them in. If you can't avoid one while walking around a vehicle you are blind and pretty darn dumb and deserve to bang you shin. Watch where you are going! If you can't miss one with your vehicle in a parking lot, no matter how small/narrow the lot is, you shouldn't be driving as you are coming way too close to the other vehicle if you will hit the ball mount. These states with laws against leaving them in are freaking stupid. One of the most asinine laws I have ever heard of.

I leave mine in when I am at a period where I will use the boat a lot. I am not taking it out every use. I use a locking hitch pin and it is a PITB to remove it. So the ball mount stays in the hitch from say the end of May - late August for fishing and then it goes in the 1st of October and stays through mid February for duck season. I do remove it when I know I will go an extended period without towing just so it doesn't seize in the receiver.

I have had it save my vehicle from damage a couple times too when a moron rear ended me. Trashes their grille/front end and does nothing to my vehicle. laugh


Edited by NHHEMI (02/22/14 12:29 PM)
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#3290542 - 02/22/14 12:28 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
bigt61 Offline


Registered: 02/12/13
Posts: 1098
Loc: Virginia
I take mine off - lawyers already have enough excuses to take your money.
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#3290543 - 02/22/14 12:29 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: 01rangerxl]
Stewart Fan Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 855
Loc: Everett,Wa.
Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl


As for hitting your shins, it's not too hard to watch where you are going. That seems like something that's pretty easy to avoid.


But that would require people to take responsibility for themselves.

Its easier to complain about what someone else should/shouldn't be doing.

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#3290545 - 02/22/14 12:30 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Propflux01]
NHHEMI Offline


Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 5123
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Propflux01

You'd be surprised how easy it is to bang your shin on one when it's installed on a giant 4 door long bed pickup parked at a mall or a WM and already sticking out 2 feet past the other cars...


Here is a novel idea. Actually look where you are going and pay attention as you are walking. That way you won't walk into things and feel so foolish you have to blame someone else for your actions.
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#3290549 - 02/22/14 12:34 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: BigCahuna]
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Registered: 10/28/11
Posts: 143
Loc: ND
Originally Posted By: BigCahuna
A few years back I was watching a Saturday morning fishing show. The host of the show was talking and walking around the back of his tow vehicle, when he walked right into the ball shin first. He fell down in pain and almost rolled into the lake.It's always funny when it happens to somebody else. Anywho, I always take mine off in case there's a camera rolling somewhere.,,


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#3290550 - 02/22/14 12:36 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
FFeng7 Offline


Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 311
Loc: Va
I got bumped at a red light not too long ago while driving my Dakota with the hitch in place. It did zero damage to my truck but cracked the bumper cover of the car that hit me. It does provide protection to the back of the truck but may cause unnecessary damage to the other drivers vehicle.
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#3290555 - 02/22/14 12:47 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: FFeng7]
FFeng7 Offline


Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 311
Loc: Va
Originally Posted By: FFeng7
I got bumped at a red light not too long ago while driving my Dakota with the hitch in place. It did zero damage to my truck but cracked the bumper cover of the car that hit me. It does provide protection to the back of the truck but may cause unnecessary damage to the other drdriversivers vehicle.


I should add that I usually keep mine removed.
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#3290559 - 02/22/14 12:51 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
Dave Sherman Offline


Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 675
Loc: Ohio
I take it out because I don't want it to become permanently installed by rust. As somebody who has banged my own shin on my own trailer ball, I'll spare other folks the same misfortune.

I don't think folks would have a case though. My BIL had somebody hit his protruding ballmount with their car in a parking lot, and this person called the cops on him. Cop just shrugged, confirmed that my BIL was not in the car and his car was parked, and cited the other driver with failure to control.


Edited by Dave Sherman (02/22/14 12:52 PM)
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