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#3290564 - 02/22/14 12:57 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
EricG Offline


Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 141
Loc: SW Louisiana
Originally Posted By: Traction
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.


Because we live in America where we are supposed to be free to do such vile things as leave our receiver in. You think it should be illegal, really? Its illegal to drive above the posted speed limit in America, why not shoot everyone that breaks that law?


Edited by EricG (02/22/14 12:57 PM)
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#3290568 - 02/22/14 12:59 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11045
Loc: NH
I forgot and left mine in for a winter. Oops. I wound up dropping the receiver and hammering on the drawbar for about 30 minutes before it started to move--another 15 and it was out. Heat and oil might have helped, in hindsight...

Oddly enough, I don't think I've whacked my shin on it more than once, when it was in.

I think I've read that it's law to have it removed when not in use, don't recall what state. I lean more towards it's a nuisance to others. To cop a phrase "think of the kids". They sometimes do dumb things. Hopefully it would result in just a bruised shin. Can't be responsible for others dumb actions, but still: I'm no fan of trying to hurt others.

As for a tailgating deterrant: really? I've always heard of that, and I've never though to myself "ooh I'm not tailgating him, he's got a drawbar in!" For some reason I doubt the typical person, who can barely register other vehicles on the road, is going to fixate on a drawbar and give that vehicle appropriate respect.
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#3290583 - 02/22/14 01:17 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Propflux01]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9177
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Originally Posted By: Propflux01

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.


I drive 5-15 MPH over the limit pretty much all the time when I can, and driving is a big part of my job. Speed up to what? Double the limit? Hit the car in front of me?

It's not speeding tailgaters that are the issue so much as the retards who zero in on the next bumper in front of them like a drunk following taillights. Most people are not mentally present while driving. The hitch provides a few extra inches of steel between them and my rear bumper, and they are likely to space themselves behind the hitch rather than the bumper itself. It's a buffer. If they hit it, with their car or shin, they were too close anyway.

Speeding tailgaters are not so much an issue...usually they are paying attention and their goal is the same as mine (move efficiently). It's the hoards of people playing on their phone, syncing things to their mytouch or whatever, who need all sorts of proximity warnings just to keep them in a lane. Without a vehicle immediately in front of them to follow, their speed will often drop to something absurdly below the speed limit. When they have someone to zero in on and follow though, they will ride their bumper no matter what speed.
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#3290588 - 02/22/14 01:20 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11045
Loc: NH
I've heard of rearend damage being limited to just the other driver, but I'd be concerned about making a lever with which to make yet more frame damage. Which might be a good thing, if the hit was hard enough to bend the receiver it might not be hard enough to total out a vehicle--yet still have major damage.

I'd think a drawbar would go through the radiator of most cars, and would still result in a scratched bumper on the vehicle that got rearended too.
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#3290600 - 02/22/14 01:28 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
QuOk Offline


Registered: 12/21/06
Posts: 305
Loc: NJ
The last person who rear ended my Jeep sure didn't do any damage to me because of the hitch.

Their Camry on the other hand had a hole in the bumper.
Too many inattentive drivers to take the hitch out.
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#3290603 - 02/22/14 01:29 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
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Loc: Central Virginia
I take mine out usually. It looks bad when left in and I've banged my shin on it too.
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#3290610 - 02/22/14 01:34 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 7828
Loc: Phoenix
It's a hazard walking through a parking lot with these things sticking out. If I hit my shin on one, it's going through the back window.
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#3290627 - 02/22/14 01:46 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
sciphi Offline


Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 10008
Loc: Upstate NY
Tailgater deterrent. And if somebody rear-ends you, it just may prevent them from hitting and running, like I had happen last year.
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#3290638 - 02/22/14 01:56 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: dishdude]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1800
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
Originally Posted By: dishdude
It's a hazard walking through a parking lot with these things sticking out. If I hit my shin on one, it's going through the back window.


You would have to cut the locking pin off of mine first. However if damage occurs to my vehicle because you are ticked at your negligence in walking, the police will decide then on who needs to change their ways. To my knowledge damaging someone else s property is against the law where leaving a ball mount in place is not in my part of the country.

I do not own a trailer, but use it a lot at work. Easier to leave it in....yeah, deterrent to rear end accidents.....maybe. That not why I leave it in, I have no good place to put it when Im not using it but inside the cab where it rattles around an annoys me. So it stays where its at.....yes because it annoys me in the cab, AND ITS NOT ILLEGAL, so there.

I have banged my shin on it many times, only when Im reaching in the back of my truck for something though. So I conclude that if someone bangs their shin on it in a parking lot they are too dangone close to my truck. Easy to point blame at the people leaving their mount in rather then watching where you are going and owning your own actions.


Edited by 97f150 (02/22/14 02:01 PM)
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#3290663 - 02/22/14 02:10 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: dishdude]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9177
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Originally Posted By: dishdude
It's a hazard walking through a parking lot with these things sticking out. If I hit my shin on one, it's going through the back window.


So you would vandalize someone's property and be willing to take a criminal charge for it because you weren't paying attention?

If you were walking next to a car, not paying attention, and ran into the mirror, would you break that off too? Maybe throw it through the window? Would you like someone doing that to one of your cars? Maybe if someone runs into your mailbox while jogging, they should yank it off the post and send it through one of the windows in your house?
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#3290669 - 02/22/14 02:12 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 4943
Loc: In the Garage...
So if you are driving and you hit a parked car whose fault is it?

Likewise if you are walking and not paying attention and hit a stationary object whose fault is it?

Mine is locked in, but I remove it in winter and leave it in the summer during camping season. It is a 600 dollar weight distribution hitch and weighs right around 60lbs.
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#3290670 - 02/22/14 02:13 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
dja4260 Offline


Registered: 05/16/11
Posts: 986
Loc: Greenville, SC via Chicago, IL
We had a hitch on my parents old suburban that also would swing on a track for towing campers. A lady rear ended us and the hitch went through the Chevy Cavalier radiator and stopped at the block. Not one scratch on the Suburban.
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#3290730 - 02/22/14 03:01 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: Traction]
hattaresguy Offline


Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 7180
Loc: CT
Knee breakers I hate them. Next time I hit one its coming off and going threw the windshield.

I always take mine off when I'm done, in dark parking lots they are brutal.


Edited by hattaresguy (02/22/14 03:04 PM)

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#3290748 - 02/22/14 03:20 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: 01rangerxl]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 7828
Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
Originally Posted By: dishdude
It's a hazard walking through a parking lot with these things sticking out. If I hit my shin on one, it's going through the back window.


So you would vandalize someone's property and be willing to take a criminal charge for it because you weren't paying attention?

If you were walking next to a car, not paying attention, and ran into the mirror, would you break that off too? Maybe throw it through the window? Would you like someone doing that to one of your cars? Maybe if someone runs into your mailbox while jogging, they should yank it off the post and send it through one of the windows in your house?


It's reasonable to expect cars to have mirrors sticking out of them at hip level, and mailboxes to be on the side of the road. It's not reasonable to expect something to be sticking out of a bumper one foot off the ground right where someone would stick their foot out if they wanted to trip you. It's a huge liability on the vehicle owner's part if someone falls and injures themself.

You can bet a Personal Injury attorney would be all over that case if there is a broken bone or anything other than soft tissue injury.
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#3290768 - 02/22/14 03:43 PM Re: WHY leave trailer hitch on ! [Re: dishdude]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 8797
Loc: Midwest
Originally Posted By: dishdude
It's a hazard walking through a parking lot with these things sticking out. If I hit my shin on one, it's going through the back window.


Such a child. You would really do that? Watch where you actually walk and that wouldn't be an issue.
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