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Old 07-04-2016, 04:54 PM   #21
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I didn't have a hitch in my receiver, but I think the receiver saved my bumper a couple of years ago. My bumper was not even scratched, as her car went under my truck. It busted my Bargman plug, and even though the there was no evidence of the receiver being damaged, her insurance company replaced the receiver because of structural integrity possibilities.

Busted up the car a bit, though.

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Old 07-04-2016, 04:57 PM   #22
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:19 PM   #23
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Just to let you know, in Ontario, Canada, it is ILLEGAL to have a hitch in the receiver, unless you have something attached to the hitch.

Can you quote the appropriate HTA section?
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:51 PM   #24
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Can you quote the appropriate HTA section?

I have heard this several times here in Ontario, but I don't believe it to be true. I've looked through the HTA in the past and never found anything speaking to this.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:06 PM   #25
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I was rear ended on the freeway and the impact was directly on the hitch. While the hitch saved some body damage to the truck it didn't save my head. I later found out that a impact on the hitch can be 2-1/2 the force. I came away from the accident with head, neck, arm injuries plus a big change in sight in one eye. At home I no longer drive around with the hitch in unless I'm camping.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:30 PM   #26
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In Illinois they can ticket for leaving it in there. Just another way to get money.


Not true. That law never passed.


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Old 07-04-2016, 09:15 PM   #27
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Several years ago I was rear ended on the parkway by a semi tractor and even though an impact on the receiver has been proven in tests to amplify the force of the impact I and others that looked at the vehicle are firm believers that it was the hitch that saved me. The back of the SUV was at the back of the front seats. While I am not fond of the surgeries, metal in my back and neck or the chronic pain it sure beats the alternative. I want that extra metal back there but now drive with an extension in the hitch called a Super Bumper specially designed to help cushion any impact on the receiver should i ever be unfortunate enough to be hit again.
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:17 PM   #28
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It's illegal in PA also, and I know of people who have been cited for it.
What where they cited for? Obstruction / obscuring the registration plate? That is the only thing I can come up with.. No law for leaving hitches in vehicles in PA

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Good idea. I will keep the hitch installed on my motorhome!
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What where they cited for? Obstruction / obscuring the registration plate? That is the only thing I can come up with.. No law for leaving hitches in vehicles in PA

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Thinking back I think it did have something to do with obstruction and also something about items protruding beyond bumpers or something. I know both were in accidents (rear ended). The one person, a co worker at the time, had some insurance issues going on about it. The insurance company of the person who rear ended him was delaying/denying the claim. They claimed the hitch caused more damage than would of occured to their clients vehicle despite fault. I do not know what the outcome of that was.
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