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#3290446 - 02/22/14 10:39 AM WHY leave trailer hitch on !
Traction Offline


Registered: 06/04/13
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Loc: iowa
I just don't get it, why do so many people leave their trailer hitch in the receiver forever? It really annoys me for some reason. Big old rusty ball hang off the back of even newer trucks and SUV's. And most of them probably don't even ever pull a trailer or own one. Every time I get done with a trailer, the first thing I do is remove it and plug the receiver. Looks so much better and i don't bang my shin on it, or back into something with it.


Edited by Traction (02/22/14 10:40 AM)
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#3290460 - 02/22/14 10:50 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
handyman Offline


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I confess that I have done this.Just pure laziness on my part.
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#3290462 - 02/22/14 10:50 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 10/04/10
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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.
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#3290464 - 02/22/14 10:52 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
BigCahuna Offline


Registered: 09/29/09
Posts: 2082
Loc: Deep in the heart of Jersey
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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#3290465 - 02/22/14 10:52 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: apple valley, ca
I dont feel like laying in the dirt to pull it.plus i use it often
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#3290470 - 02/22/14 10:55 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
expat Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
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Loc: Canada
Some time back I saw a lady gash her leg on a rusty trailer hitch while walking through a parking lot.
The hitch really did stick out from the rear of the truck.

I wondered at the time if she might have a case if see was to seek damages.

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#3290473 - 02/22/14 11:02 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
I was rear ended one time while driving a 78 buick wagon with the hitch ball in. No damage at all, the bumper was not even touched. The prelude was dang near totaled. On one hand it may help save your bumper from minor rear end collisions. However on a major rear end collision it may transfer more energy to the frame/ unibody than if it was not there. I leave mine in though.


Edited by spasm3 (02/22/14 11:16 AM)
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#3290483 - 02/22/14 11:05 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 06/04/02
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I would expect she may have had a case. It is reasonable to expect the outside of any vehicle not to have stuff sticking out that is sharp enough to cause a gash. At the same time it is reasonable to expect people to snake their way around vehicles in a parking lot where the spaces are barely big enough for our SUV-laden public.

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#3290485 - 02/22/14 11:07 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
RISUPERCREWMAN Offline


Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: RHODE ISLAND
I leave mine on in case of a rear end collision!


Edited by RISUPERCREWMAN (02/22/14 11:07 AM)
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#3290486 - 02/22/14 11:08 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
AandPDan Offline


Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 885
Loc: MA
Mine's there because I can't get it out!

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#3290489 - 02/22/14 11:09 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: volk06]
Traction Offline


Registered: 06/04/13
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Loc: iowa
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.

It should be illegal. I use mine a lot, but it is simple to remove, and I will do it twice a day if needed. And what are you going to teach someone who rear ends you? It is hard enough to maneuver around long vehicles in parking lots, let alone have the hitch hanging off the back doing nothing.
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#3290493 - 02/22/14 11:18 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Birmingham, AL
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.
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#3290499 - 02/22/14 11:25 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Kestas]
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Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10050
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I would expect she may have had a case. It is reasonable to expect the outside of any vehicle not to have stuff sticking out that is sharp enough to cause a gash. At the same time it is reasonable to expect people to snake their way around vehicles in a parking lot where the spaces are barely big enough for our SUV-laden public.


Agreed.

I know many owners need it that way because of usage, but most leave it on due to neglect or other reasons.

I think it's against the law in some areas to leave the hitch in place on a receiver system and rightfully so IMO.
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#3290500 - 02/22/14 11:25 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: RISUPERCREWMAN]
Traction Offline


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Originally Posted By: RISUPERCREWMAN
I leave mine on in case of a rear end collision!

Well that is a great idea. I think I will put a couple hitches in both sides of my truck and the front too.
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#3290505 - 02/22/14 11:33 AM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Birmingham, AL
Originally Posted By: Traction
Originally Posted By: RISUPERCREWMAN
I leave mine on in case of a rear end collision!

Well that is a great idea. I think I will put a couple hitches in both sides of my truck and the front too.


A lot of people are absent minded drivers, more focused on their phone than anything else. They almost routinely bump into other cars at lights. I have had these types run into my vehicles before, and the hitch prevented them from damaging my bumper or tailgate. These may also be the same people who walk right into trailer hitches in parking lots.
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