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Old 06-23-2016, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hitch saved our truck

Just putting this out there because we were impressed. Last weekend we were rear ended and still the had the WD hitch on the truck.
Pulled off the road and we were shocked to see that there were only scuffs and a tiny dent in the bumper. The truck that hit us was was pretty much toast from eating the hitch.
Getting new hitch and and truck is at the dealer to check out frame, but still can't believe how well the hitch did at protecting the truck!
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Its a heavy piece of metal attached to the frame. Hopefully your frame is OK
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:41 PM   #3
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They will take a hit. I've had three cars loose to mine. I should find some stickers to put on the side of the truck like fighter planes have.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:45 PM   #4
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Hope that everyone was OK after the hit, you and the other party......yes hitch will save the back end of the truck most of the time....
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:50 PM   #5
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They are tough, two cars bought it from one I had on an older F250 years ago.

I have a 2 inch drop and a 2- 5/16 ball on the black thing right now might need a new set of RT mud flaps but the truck should fair well.

Hope you and your truck are okay ....
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:56 PM   #6
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If you ask me a truck without a hitch is WORTHLESS
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:16 PM   #7
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Yup some years back I had a Ford Probe loose most of its front end when it bumped my F250........ bent my trailer plug back in place & off I went. He had to pick up his front end including headlights........ no one hurt... I stopped he didn't.......
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #8
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Hitch

I believe there are some municipalities or counties or even states, where if you do not have a trailer on your hitch, you must remove it, due to excessive damage to the other vehicle in a rear-end collision.
My philosophy about that is since the person hitting me in a rear-end collision is at fault, the damage is on him.
However, do look up the rules or laws in your location.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:04 PM   #9
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I was rear ended in Tucson, AZ several years ago by a Ford rental car. Not even a scratch on the truck, [Equilizer hitch] but wrapped the front end, radiator, grill and bumper around the motor of the car.
The fool that hit me tried to bring charges against me for slamming on my breaks. The judge asked me how much damage was done to my truck. I told him "none" and he took a long look at the damage estimate of the car, looked over the tops of his reading glasses and asked the car driver what he was trying to pull over him. Judge threw it out of court and refused the claim.
I'll have a hitch even if I didn't have a trailer from now on. Cheap insurance.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:14 PM   #10
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Don't know of any states near here that it is not legal to leave a hitch in the receiver...... the old hitches were not removable........ had one in mine since 1983........ rarely is the receiver empty............. this has been discussed on the forum several times with pros and cons.......... it has saved my truck several times......... hard on the shins though around here we call them stingers.....

Some areas it might not be legal but it is not do to excessive damage as much as busted shins.......

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Old 06-24-2016, 09:29 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:49 PM   #12
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A buddy of mine got a ticket here in Michigan for having his hitch in.
I guess it's a little known and enforced law. I would think most cops would let it slide unless you give them a reason.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:07 PM   #13
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It's illegal.. But a cobalt hit my blue ox head.. Broke the cobalt...


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Old 06-25-2016, 06:53 PM   #14
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Lol, a lamp post tested my hitch the other day, hitch survived- cement didnt.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:19 PM   #15
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It's illegal in PA also, and I know of people who have been cited for it.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:13 PM   #16
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I thought it was common sense to take the hitch out! I don't enjoy busting my knee, have my hitch rust or getting a ticket.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:42 PM   #17
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In Illinois they can ticket for leaving it in there. Just another way to get money.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:09 PM   #18
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Do they expect you to remove the hitch along with the TT when you set up on your site?? Do you have to remove it to go to dinner, shopping, get fuel, etc.?
My hitch weighs about 50 lbs and is not easy to disconnect. Where do you keep the hitch after you remove it? That is $500 of hitch I would not want to be stolen.
With a law like that, you may as well weld your hitch to your TT.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:14 PM   #19
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I thought it was common sense to take the hitch out! I don't enjoy busting my knee, have my hitch rust or getting a ticket.
Just curious, do you remove the hitch when camping but not pulling your unit? I'm assuming you leave the campsite with your TV to go places.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:30 PM   #20
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Lets Hear it for Hitches

I'm with those who are pro leave the hitch in. Mine is too big and heavy to remove so it is always in my truck's receiver. While I hope I am never rear ended, I have told more than one person that I'm not worried about the back of my truck with that hitch on there. Pity the fool who hits me! I live on a farm so if the hitch were to ever become an issue after an accident, I can simply say the vehicle is used to move farm equipment, thus, taking the hitch in/out is impractical. I do agree with the stingers though. I've gotten pretty good at avoiding the hitch when moving around the back of my truck because it certainly is attention getting to bark your shin on that solid chunk of metal!!
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