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Old 08-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #11
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No it is not legal anywhere in Canada. It poses a threat to pedestrians, as well as drivers not only on the road, but in parking lots as well. They stick out too far and are too blandly colored to be seen to be left on when not towing.

You can thank the mailmen of Canada for making this illegal-as they seem to bust their knees a lot on them and filed complaints.

As for the $250 fine I do not know if this is correct or not. Plus it is also illegal to leave your tow mirrors on when not towing, (they stick out too far).

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Old 08-20-2013, 08:39 PM   #12
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Policed in Ontario for over 35 years. Never heard of that charge.

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Old 08-20-2013, 08:48 PM   #13
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Bull Crap,my truck tailgate sticks out farther than my hitch when the gate is down! No flags on tailgates or laws for fines! They need to (Get A LIFE)! Youroo!!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:50 PM   #14
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This is from Saskatchewan rules.Specifically as follows.

When not in use, the trailer hitch shall not extend the bumper of the vehicle more than 225 mm or 9 inches.

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:22 PM   #15
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Too bad they aren't easily removed with a pin or something! I always take mine out for a few reasons. Some people would rather take yours than buy one, I hit my leg on them, and once while following a buddy I found one in the road. Turned out to be his.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:59 PM   #16
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A gentleman came up to me in CTC parking lot today and informed me that I was in danger of receiving a $250 fine for having my ball attached to my reciever when not towing.....

He claimed the insurance companies are after the police to fine people because the ball could rip a hole on someone's radiator.

I have never heard this. Anyone have any idea?

So is this a Canadian thing?
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #17
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I guess its a good thing that I don't live in Canada, I always run with a ball mount in and I have had a couple of people tap it while sitting at stop lights/stop signs.

7-8 years ago I was driving our companys F450 dump truck, I stopped at a red light and got rearended. The guy must have been looking at the college girl who was out for a run and waiting to go across the the street, he must not have hit the brakes at all. He hit me hard enough that the pintle hitch went through his bumper, core support and most of the way through the radiator. Luckily the 450 has a 3/4" plate of steel that the tail lights, hitch and trailer lights are all in, the car was literally probably 8-12" shorter than before he hit me, all I had was a cracked tail light and busted the cover off the trailer light plug.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:18 PM   #18
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In Illinois its illegal to leave your hitch in if it sticks out more than 4"

$144.00 fine
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
In Illinois its illegal to leave your hitch in if it sticks out more than 4"

$144.00 fine

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:10 PM   #20
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Great question, OP. This thread got me thinking, so I did some research. From what myself and others have found, there's no law against leaving your hitch in while not towing here in Alberta.

Sound similar to towing tandem trailers, some provinces allow it, some don't.

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