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Old 09-10-2013, 03:59 PM   #31
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Had a older Caddy with a hitch for a boat trailer. Knucklehead kid rear-ended me. We pulled into the store by the road. Not a scratch on my Caddy. Hitch had driven plumb through the radiator of the rice-burner the lid was driving. I just looked it over, smiled, and wished the kid a nice day as I drove off. Always keep the hitch ball in place.
I was in a drive thru today, waiting for my order when I felt the truck move slightly. The guy behind me in some little throw away car hit my hitch. We're camping this week, so its on the truck. I got out and he told me he hit my hitch. No damage to either vehicle, but if he would have done this at road speed, he'd have been parked under my bumper. Don't know how people feel safe in those glorified go carts.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #32
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I got rear ended on the freeway with all of the impact directly on the hitch. I don't remember blacking out but I don't remember if we were moving or stopped. I hit the back of my head on the headrest hard enough to straighten out the curve in my neck.

I found some research relating to impacts on a hitch and according to it the impact is 2 & 1/2 times stronger.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:59 PM   #33
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If SW Virginia everyone leaves their hitches in....never know when you might need it............ Don't see too many hitches without them....... I would rather leave it in the receiver than have it in the cab to become a missle....

Was on a 2 lane highway a few years back had to stop for a guy turning left...... the Ford Probe behind me decided to see if he could become a probe........Hit my F250 in the rear..... Got out bent my light plug back to the correct position....... then helped the other guy pick up the front end of his Probe all over the road up to his radiator ......headlights & everything all over..... Most of his damage was from the step bumper........ He would have ran up further under the rear of the truck had it not been for the hitch............
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #34
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It is illegal in Manitoba...in fact this past summer our Boys in Blue, decided to go on an enforcement spree.....right around the time the Police Dept budget was depleted..no coincidence at all...lol...and many people got written up for it and the fine is right around the $200 mark....other than that time this summer,,,,it pretty much goes ignored, and many many people run with the hitch in the receiver all year long...its all good till the next cash crunch!!!
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:53 AM   #35
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It is illegal in Manitoba...in fact this past summer our Boys in Blue, decided to go on an enforcement spree.....right around the time the Police Dept budget was depleted..no coincidence at all...lol...and many people got written up for it and the fine is right around the $200 mark....other than that time this summer,,,,it pretty much goes ignored, and many many people run with the hitch in the receiver all year long...its all good till the next cash crunch!!!
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In Manitoba there is no requirement to remove the receiver -- the requirement is for the driver to ensure the license plate is unobstructed and clearly visible on the vehicle when not towing or if it (receiver) sticks back approx 1 meter have it flagged etc per
http://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/PDFs/TrailerSafety.pdf
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http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/pdf/....88.pdf#page=1
15(3)
No person shall drive or operate on a
highway a vehicle or combination of vehicles if a part
of the vehicle or combination, or its equipment or
load, projects more than 1 m beyond the rear of the
vehicle or combination, unless
(a) when the vehicle or combination is operated
between the hours of sunrise and sunset, a red
flag not less than 30 cm square, visible at a
distance of 60 m, is displayed at the end of the
projection; and
(b) when the vehicle or combination is operated
between the hours of sunset and sunrise,
(i) a red light that is clearly visible from a
vehicle approaching from the rear is placed
at the end of the projection, or
(ii) a red reflector that will be illuminated by
the headlights of a vehicle approaching from
the rear is placed at the end of the projection.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #36
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(12) Where a trailer hitch is installed, the trailer hitch, hitch mounting and connecting devices for safety cables and chains shall be inspected and tested

does that mean with ones knee/shin? i have tested mine before if thats the requirement.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #37
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In Nova Scotia if the hitch is in and the DOT truck sees it you will be stopped, I know this first hand.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:05 AM   #38
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So I assume that would only apply to receiver type hitches not the class one or two that can not be easily removed with out unbolting them from the vehicle ???? I know that you don't see them as much but they are still out there.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #39
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I leave mine in all the time execpt when I have the 5er attached, I have busted my shins many times, and the wife has been hit in the rear lots at school picking up the kids. their vehicle has a hole or big bent , the hitch just needs a little touch up with a sharpie
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #40
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My WDH sticks out about 5" past my spare. Just enough room to hitch the camper without removing it. My 1 7/8" is under my spare tire. I have to open the tailgate to hitch and unhitch the utility trailer. One or the other stays on all the time. All depends on which trailer I used last. I like the wdh one in. Protects the spare from being pushed through the tailgate if rearended.
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