What do you keep in the receiver when you aren't towing?

Discussion in 'Towing & Trailer Tech' started by savagetman, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    I've never heard of people being ticketed for leaving the ball in their receiver. That is lame. I guess Texas is lenient on that. But at the same time, it is annoying when you pull into a parking space behind a truck that still has the ball in and you can't pull all the way in to your spot.

    I don't have a tow package (but I am thinking of getting one soon) but I would remove my ball when not in use and get one of those steps to keep in the receiver for easier bed access.
  2. White Lightning

    White Lightning New Member

    This is an urban myth, there is nothing in the highway traffic act that says you cannot have a hitch in the receiver. If the excuse is the ball blocks the plate what about all the yuppies driving around with bikes hanging off the back of their SUV's?
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  3. doublecardan

    doublecardan Member

    There is nothing in the Ontario HTA that covers this as well, their more concerned with special licence plate covers that block the toll road from seeing the license. Something about the camera hitting the shade and reflecting back. What cops really need to be concerned about is the idiots that have the double enclosed snowmobile trailers or contractor specials that are being pulled with ford rangers or minivans and do not have the proper mirrors. These clowns are scary as the other bugwits who pull 5th wheels and a boat behind that. Its legal but not smart.
  4. nsguy

    nsguy Member

    I think they just want you to drive without balls....:lol:
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  5. mnmhays

    mnmhays Member

    I usually leave my ball in, I prefer the protection from neons...I did get pulled over years ago (BS stop) for a bumper ball that "obscured my license plate" just so the trooper could give me a seat belt ticket.
  6. kennythewelder

    kennythewelder Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    nothing at all, That way no one steals my hitch. If there's nothing there then no one can take it. I use to keep a plastic boat prop. in it, but after I sold the boat I took that out. Now I just run naked.
    Last edited: May 31, 2014
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  7. pmf608

    pmf608 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    During the summer, I usually leave my pintle hook for towing my equipment trailer in the hitch unless I know I won't be towing the trailer for a few days. Usually I tow it often enough to just leave the hitch in. In the winter, I leave the hitch open but keep a tow shackle insert in the truck.

    I generally don't like leaving a hitch in for extended periods of time when not towing the trailer though because I have heard of people being rear-ended, and having more damage caused by the force on the hitch twisting the frame than if the other vehicle would have just hit their bumper. The bumper brackets bend to absurb the force. Having a hitch in the receiver makes the hitch the first point of the forces of impact, which puts stress on the frame.
  8. savagetman

    savagetman Rockstar

    so far iv been keeping my shackle in all year round but i did put anti-cease on it before i put it in the receiver and i do pull it out and stick it back in 1 or 2 times a year.
  9. pmf608

    pmf608 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    That's good. My old work truck had a hitch extension in the receiver when I bought it. The company who owned the truck before had obviously never removed it. To this day, I haven't been able to get that thing out of the receiver.
  10. summitwhite11

    summitwhite11 Active Member 2 Years 500 Posts

    I leave mine open and my ball set up in the tool box, in my state, they like to steal those, tail gates, and the wheels of GM trucks.

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