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Old 07-14-2016, 02:55 PM   #41
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The only time I leave mine in is when I'm camping. When in storage, it sits just inside the main camper door. When camping, I need that space, and it won't fit easily thru any storage doors. I'm not leaving it on the ground, so it stays in. I don't really like to leave it there, but I don't have another good option.

As someone else implied, the less crumpled material, the more force is being transferred to your body, greatly increasing your chance of a whiplash-type injury. And just because your truck wasn't damaged, I am sure my Equal-I-zer spring-bar sockets would no longer be aligned very well. I've heard of many people getting new WDH heads after being rear-ended for that reason. And if it were illegal to leave the head in place, you can bet an insurance company would not pay for a new WDH head.

Not to mention, leaving the head in just looks stupid. The only thing worse are those idiots that hang a pair of flesh colored testes off of the receiver. So tacky.

Imagine some dude in a pickup with a front receiver and drawbar, rear-ending another pickup with rear receiver and drawbar. Hang on to your fillings!!

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Old 07-14-2016, 04:53 PM   #42
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Hey all. Everyone is ok from the accident. Just pushed back against the seats. Almost like when you take off fast. I was more worried about the young kids that hit us.
We got the truck back on monday. The receiver and hitch assembly was slightly twisted and they recommended not towing with it. So they replaced the whole hitch assembly and we got a new bumper. They don't just buff it out. The truck was placed on a machine that checked the frame and they couldn't find any problems.
We also got a new WD hitch as that was twisted a little too. Everything was covered by the other parties insurance. It was a pretty painless process. I don't think that there is a law in Wisconsin about the hitch staying on.
We don't usually leave the hitch on during daily use. But on the weekend or when camping it stays on. I have cracked a shin on a hitch enough to make a wide berth around the back of a truck out of habit.
Off to Door County for the weekend to test it all out.

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Old 07-14-2016, 04:59 PM   #43
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Prestonj12, I am still trying to balance a beer can on mine like you. Darn. Ok, trying again with more empty space.


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