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Old 05-16-2020, 09:56 PM
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Powers to be...donít understand how air bags operate
Was just about to say that
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Take it out, store in garage.

* Theft. These are valuable.
* Accidents. Hitting your shin, or hitting a object while backing up.
* Weight. If you're interested in fuel economy leave it in the garage until needed.
* Rust. Leave it stored until needed.

I see no need to leave it on unless you are towing or planning to tow. Carry it with your or not, based on your anticipated needs.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:11 AM
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In my area it's apparently a requirement to leave the thing on at all times.

In fact you're supposed to find the longest receiver extension possible and then leave the ball in. Next, you find the nearest grocery store or Walmart and go park.

Of course when you park you must make certain you only pull into the spot about two thirds of the way in. This assures that your ball and extension stick way out into main aisle. Cars going by have to weave around it while little kids and shoppers constantly slam into it. It's loads of fun.

Also, if you really want to be admired, buy the largest most extended mirrors ever in addition to the ball hitch. People love them so much that when admiring their beauty they often swerve then almost fall off of the road. This happens every-time one goes by on the narrow two lane roads around here.

Anyway, that's how it's done around here.
You live in cowboy country too But you forgot about the pickups with full size cabs seating for 6 with an 8 foot bed. Usually driven by small ladies.
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Old 05-17-2020, 06:20 AM
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I leave my hitch ball on, that way I know where it is. It's not like it's a high theft item or all that expensive to replace if it is stolen.
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Old 05-17-2020, 06:27 AM
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For towing my boat, I use a Nissan hitch ball on both my Nissan Frontier and Toyota 4Runner. It stays in the garage when not in use.

This rear recovery point with a locking hitch pin stays on my 4Runner when not using the hitch ball. The removable (easy to steal) D-Rings stay inside my 4Runner.



I also have these front recovery point protrusions that would cause some idiot not looking where he's going expensive damage:



Rock Sliders - along with protecting your vehicle from body damage off road. They are fantastic for preventing door dings in in parking lots with inconsiderate drivers.

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Leaving it on transformed what would otherwise be a scuffed bumper cover into a multi-thousand dollar repair on the other vehicle (mine) even with a minimal collision...i.e. the guy not looking when backing out his truck from a parking space.

Sorry, I see it as just plain lazy to leave it on when not towing.
Good learning experience for that idiot. He could've backed up without looking and ran over a child.
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Leave in. It's protected me from rearenders.
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the powers that be decided that too many ppl were backing into front bumpers and setting off the air bags so 265 bucks if you leave it in
HUH???
What, backing at 40-50MPH.. or 80+KPH where you come from???
Who are these folks backing fast enough to set off airbags?

Would like to see the numbers on that decision.
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"NHTSA states:
Air bags are typically designed to deploy in frontal and near-frontal collisions, which are comparable to hitting a solid barrier at approximately 8 to 14 miles per hour (mph). Roughly speaking, a 14 mph barrier collision is equivalent to striking a parked car of similar size across the full front of each vehicle at about 28 mph. This is because the parked car absorbs some of the energy of the crash, and is pushed by the striking vehicle. Unlike crash tests into barriers, real-world crashes typically occur at angles, and the crash forces usually are not evenly distributed across the front of the vehicle. Consequently, the relative speed between a striking and struck vehicle required to deploy the air bag in a real-world crash can be much higher than an equivalent barrier crash." http://www.crashforum.info/viewtopic.php?t=151
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I had one so tight I had to pound it in the receiver. It was stolen while I was shopping. I always take them out.
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always take them out.

if you tow a two axle trailer and it is not level, you got some learning to do.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:44 AM
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I forgot to put the lock on the pin. pin walked out, tri ball went missing. hope it didn't hit someones car, and who ever found it ..congrats
Take it out, shins and operator error
(i wonder how many people who think the ball was stolen really lost it like I did)
Mine was stolen while parked.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:52 AM
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Mine was stolen while parked.
Pansies why didn't they steal it while you were headed down the expressway?
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I leave it in.

My truck isn’t any higher than it used to be, but I am older. I like the step.

If I take it out, Within 48 hours I will be in need and it will be in my garage, without fail.

Bumper saver.

However, if I have the WD hitch or the extra long hitch made for the trailer with the ridiculously short tongue, I will swap them out for my standard set up.

If worried about rust on the ball, in the past I slit a tennis ball open, pit grease in and slipped it over the ball.

I only ever had one hitch rusted to receiver. It was on a 68 pickup that sat in a field up to bumper in dirt for 20 years. Kroil, a chain and a tree took care of that. Otherwise I haven’t seen it. I must lead a charmed life in that regard. My life has to be charmed SOMEWHERE, I suppose.

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I was surprised to find out there are a few states where it is illegal to leave a hitch in the receiver when not towing. 6 before I stopped looking. I was not surprised to find California was one of them.
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Pansies why didn't they steal it while you were headed down the expressway?
Meaning I know it wasn't "lost"

Took my other vehicle on a trip, was gone a week, came back and it was gone.

Lifted too, so the drop hitch wasn't cheap to replace.

Left them in before that. Mostly take them out now.
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No idea of the validity, but I was told by an IL state trooper checking out trucks parked at the Oasis that it is indeed illegal to leave the hitch in the receiver when not towing a trailer. After that I just started religiously taking the hitch out and throwing it in a pocket when not in use. This is Illinois after all so I would not be surprised in the least if they had a non-sense statute against it
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Whatís up with everyone walking into it? You gotta look where you are walking
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Only towin' I've done is with my '65 F100 with a Barden Bumper. Ball was never in the way. Not the best brakes for stoppin' lots of weight, but the "massaged" 390 had all the power needed to get something rollin'.
Once got nailed while stopped by a '62 Pontiac Bonneville sedan, closest thing to an Army tank without treads, which was goin' 30mph. Shoved his grill back into the radiator, which hit the fan and punched it into the water pump. Actually moved my bumper about 1/2 inch.
Had a '66 F100 with 6cyl and 3 on the tree. Step right out. Up to about 20mph. When empty.
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Whatís up with everyone walking into it? You gotta look where you are walking
It's dark out here at night!

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If I am traveling with a trailer and disconnect the trailer for short trips with the vehicle, the hitch ball is either locked on or stowed in the vehicle never left unsecured.
Also it is a good idea to have a lock mechanism for the trailer as well.
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