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Old 05-15-2020, 10:11 PM
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OK, You vehicle has a receiver hitch on it and you do some towing, doesn't matter whether it is daily, weekly or maybe just once a year

the question is...
do you leave the ball in the receiver or take it off after each use and put it away until the next time?

Also.. a bonus question
If you have more than one vehicle with towing capacity do you have more than one ball ?(NO not THAT kind!) Does each vehicle have its own dedicated equipment or do you switch the ball(s) from vehicle to vehicle?


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I keep the ball out unless I am towing. The ball has incredible magnetism to my shin. I have one ball I use from vehicle to vehicle, plus one spare.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:26 PM
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I leave the primary 2 5/16 ball/pintle on because it fits the trailer I pull the most. I do however carry 3 other setups in the truck for other trailers.
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My dually has it's own set up. 5th wheel, goose neck and it has 3 reciever hitchs with 2", 2 5/16 and a pintle. It's a pain to have to change out. The f150 and bronco share a receiver.

Leaving them in the truck causes shin problems, rust and they vanish in parking lots.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:44 PM
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I take them out. Probably only tow a trailer a couple times a month. They tend to attract shins and get stolen as others mentioned.
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Mine stays in with a locking pin keeper.... my truck sits higher so its used as a step
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I have the tri-ball in mine and it stays in with locking pin..

it has actually saved my bumper a few times.. people parking to close hit it first
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I generally take mine out unless I will have to put it back on soon. However, there are so many stories about tucks getting rear ended and due to a hitch the other guy gets the worse of it and damage is minimized. Despite the temptation I generally don't have one in.
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Old 05-16-2020, 05:10 AM
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Mine come off. 1.I whack it with my leg in a very painful place 2. I've never had it happen here, but people tell me that they get stolen immediately where they live. I don't carry them in the truck because they are heavy and bulky and my trailers reside at home. I have hitches set up with the 2" and 2 5/16" balls

I put the pin back in the receiver while the balls are removed so that if I need to use my tow strap (which does stay in the truck all the time) I can put the loop of the strap into the receiver, put the pin through the loop and I can pull hard with no worries about breaking things. No loop, you can tie one, but be sure to use a bowline knot. You can work it loose after the hardest pull, with just about any other knot, it will be permanent.

A hint about carrying a tow strap. I roll them neatly, and then wrap them with the stretch wrap like they use in stores. Straps are the cats meow when you need to pull something because unlike chains they work best if you jerk with them. They stretch so give you a gentle take up, and when the towed vehicle starts to move the energy stored in the stretched strap keeps it moving.
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Old 05-16-2020, 05:19 AM
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The yard truck wears one all the time.
On the van, I tend to use the trailer in bunches so I leave the set up on for a week or so at a time.
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I have the tri-ball in mine and it stays in with locking pin..

it has actually saved my bumper a few times.. people parking to close hit it first
Same here and I've also had a couple bumps in stop and go traffic during rush hour when in the city.

I take mine out every spring and fall to hit the rust with a grinder and oil it back up.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:05 AM
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I leave the ball mount in the receiver with the ball on it all the time

I'm not sure what you call them but I can change my balls from 2 5/16 to 2 1/8 with a pin that goes thru the ball with out unscrewing the entire ball assy.

My biggest problem though is forgetting which ball is on there. One time I had the small ball on the hitch to dump my buddies boat in the water and forgot to put the big ball back on.

I hitched my trailer and then pulled it 100 miles back home, it wasn't until I unhitched it that I noticed what I had done......but it made the trip no problem

The balls are stainless steel so they don't rust as bad.....but they still rust.

I pull trailers a lot so I just leave them be. I'm used to walking around the truck without hitting my shins, I've taken many hits and now I seem to miss it all the time
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I leave the hitch on the ton and take them off the 1/2 ton and jeep.
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I leave mine in most of the time but with the salt that is used on the roads at the tip of the mitt, it can become rust seized in time. That can be a bear to deal with.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:20 AM
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Mine stays in with a locking pin keeper.... my truck sits higher so its used as a step
Same here.
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:32 AM
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I don't tow much so when I had a hitch on my previous vehicle I kept it off. Shin buster, as people have said.
The vehicle I have now doesn't have a hitch but I want to have one installed. Where is the best kind of place to go to have that done?
I've got an old camper trailer that I'm going to tear down and convert to a utility trailer. If I get the hitch installed it will spur that project.

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Old 05-16-2020, 09:03 AM
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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.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:15 AM
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I commute with a Pickup that has a 3 way ball in receiver set up
that I leave in it. I got rear ended at a light by a larger Pickup,
it pushed in his Plate about an inch while my Truck was not
damaged. If it would not have been mounted I would have
needed a new bumper.

I drive a tractor trailer for a living and see people texting and driving
all the time. I almost got hit by one in a crosswalk while walking my
4 dogs.

I always leave it in to protect my bumper. If they rear end me hard
enough to ruin my frame, maybe I will do enough damage to them
they can't hit and run. Maybe a ball into their engine will slow them
down enough not to be able to get away or, get far.

I believe in driving large vehicles with protruding receivers as a deterent
to Texters.

Edit: I have mine cabled in place so that the steel cable will fail before my frame is damaged.
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Agree, leave it in
Protects you from lower speed rear-end inpacts
Also, saves time
I have a simple Master Lock hitch-lock on my vehicles
So no theft issues
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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)
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