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Old 07-05-2016, 10:23 PM   #31
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Got it.. I can see the obstruction thing.. IF it is obstruction.

Similar to this.. It is illegal in PA to put anything in front of the headlights / taillights (Think front / rear bike carriers). Esp the front bike carriers on front hitches.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:52 PM   #32
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In Illinois they can ticket for leaving it in there. Just another way to get money.
Can't find anything specific in the Illinois Vehicle Code saying this.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs...sp?ActID=1815&

Closest thing I could find was this (emphasis added):

A person may not modify the original manufacturer's mounting location of the rear registration plate on any vehicle so as to conceal the registration or to knowingly cause it to be obstructed in an effort to hinder a peace officer from obtaining the registration for the enforcement of a violation of this Code, Section 27.1 of the Toll Highway Act concerning toll evasion, or any municipal ordinance. Modifications prohibited by this subsection (j) include but are not limited to the use of an electronic device. A violation of this subsection (j) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 98-777, eff. 1-1-15; 98-1103, eff. 1-1-15; 99-68, eff. 1-1-16; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

Seems tough to argue that leaving you hitch ball on could be construed as a modification "of the original manufacturer's mounting location." If I got such a ticket, I'd go to court with it.

I see literally hundreds of trucks with a ball sticking out.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:56 AM   #33
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I leave a pintle hook in my hitch when I am not towing. I also remove my WD head when not towing but camping. I do not want to get hit, have the WD head broken and get stuck.. The Pintel hook gets inserted here as well. I always check and laugh at the cars in parking lots that have pintle marks in their nose from the non driving idiots parking in spaces. Better they hit my hitch then my nice chrome bumper...

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Old 07-06-2016, 08:12 AM   #34
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I have been rear ended both with the ball in (one less fiero on the road) and without the ball in. Without the ball I ended up replacing a 150.00 bumper but the car that hit me needed a new front end. A similar thing happened to our minivan. I had to replace the scratched 75.00 bumper skin and the hitch receiver was scuffed up a bit. The oldsmobile needed a new bumper, grill and all of the associated bracketry. My 5 mph foam wasn't even compressed. That was without a hitch in the receiver on a unibody car. Whether you leave the hitch in or not that receiver really stiffens and squares up the back end. FYI I do not leave my ball in. I value my shins too much.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:21 AM   #35
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Now that you said that it reminded me... About 11 years ago it was 11pm and on my way to work... I was stopped at a red light when I saw headlights coming fast... Car hydroplaned and slammed into the back of my Ford Ranger. He hit the solid steel drop shank as he creamed me.... My hitch went through his grill, through the radiator, took off the top of the intake then into the fire wall before lodging at his eye level into his windshield.... He was towed away.. I exchanged info with the Trooper and drive off with some anti freeze sprayed on my back bumper and lots of paint on my ball...
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Georgia, (and I'm pretty sure several other states), requires a flag or other warning method on anything that extends three (or four) feet behind the tail lights. Never saw a hitch that long.
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A few years back I had a young lady following behind me and not paying attention to the task at hand...like stopping for the red light. I heard her lock up the brakes and realized she wasn't gonna make it. I had a few feet between me and the car in front of me so I let off the brake. I never felt a thing but heard a "Chink"....bumpers never touched but the 2" ball said hello. The trooper looked at her car, looked at my truck, dusted my hitch off, stifled a chuckle and proceeded to cite her, probably due to her being such a "pleasant person"

Actually cited for texting while driving and I'm sure a couple of other things....
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Can't find anything specific in the Illinois Vehicle Code saying this.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs...sp?ActID=1815&

Closest thing I could find was this (emphasis added):

A person may not modify the original manufacturer's mounting location of the rear registration plate on any vehicle so as to conceal the registration or to knowingly cause it to be obstructed in an effort to hinder a peace officer from obtaining the registration for the enforcement of a violation of this Code, Section 27.1 of the Toll Highway Act concerning toll evasion, or any municipal ordinance. Modifications prohibited by this subsection (j) include but are not limited to the use of an electronic device. A violation of this subsection (j) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 98-777, eff. 1-1-15; 98-1103, eff. 1-1-15; 99-68, eff. 1-1-16; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

Seems tough to argue that leaving you hitch ball on could be construed as a modification "of the original manufacturer's mounting location." If I got such a ticket, I'd go to court with it.

I see literally hundreds of trucks with a ball sticking out.


That is because there is no such law. People here in IL have been thinking it is against the law for years... but it is an urban legend.


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I hate leaving my hitch in as I almost always brush up against the greasy ball. And the darn dog always gets black greasy spots if I don't take it out, or at a minimum, put a beer can over the ball.


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