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Old 05-17-2007, 01:38 PM   #15
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I'm just glad there were other folks nearby that were kind enough to help her. To not have helped would be pretty lame.
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:05 PM   #16
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Our's comes off when not towing so we can put the bike rack back on. I really like the tip I got, think it was from this forum, about locking the hitch assembly back on to the recepticle on the trailer. Spin it around so that it's under the tungue and it's secure, out of the way and not getting grease all over stuff in the van.

My mother-in-law (little old lady) leaves hers on 'cause it's too heavy for her to toss around. Yep, hurts like the dickens when you walk into it
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:42 PM   #17
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Yep and Yep. I leave mine on as well, and it is going to stay right where it is. Dont like it? Watch where you are going and dont tailgate me.
I actually take my Hensley bar out and put back my bigger but not as long weight distribution hitch bar in. I use it to tow other trailers and it sure keeps the tailgaters away from the back of the truck. I do feel the senior citizens pain as I have walked into my own hitch more than once.

I have noticed that a few truck drives have taken to decorating their hitches with lets say manly attributes of different colors, what is that about?
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:05 PM   #18
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I have noticed that a few truck drives have taken to decorating their hitches with lets say manly attributes of different colors, what is that about?
I, too, have seen those, and lets just say there's no accounting for taste! or lack there of.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:32 PM   #19
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I have a smiley face that travels in my receiver but no yellow tennis balls below it. It lights up when I hit the brake. I guess it is advertising for Walmart. The hitch ball gets locked to the trailer. Unless they spend alot of time hitching up, it makes stealing the trailer a little tougher.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:11 PM   #20
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I have a Mickey Mouse Icon that I lock into my hitch receiver between trips. Are you surprised?
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:20 PM   #21
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There have been various threads about other aspects of pilferage; eg, weight distributing bars. The Reese Dual Cam chain assembly is pretty easy to walk off with and some of us take those off when mischievous teens abound in campgrounds -- depends on how unsupervised your campsite might be. Me? I never sleep ...
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We keep ours locked, too, but there are worse people out there than hitch thieves: A year or so ago, I drove the truck alone to Walmart (23 miles away), parked, when in, came back out, drove home, parked. The next day I happened out and saw the right front of the truck (which I didn't see at Walmart). It was nicely bashed in.


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Old 05-17-2007, 07:13 PM   #23
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Watch your hitch in Texas

Its a theft past time here. Every time I leave an unlocked hitch in the socket it gets stolen. Airport, grocery, courthouse, etc. They just go to Mexico without you.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:22 PM   #24
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There have been various threads about other aspects of pilferage; eg, weight distributing bars. The Reese Dual Cam chain assembly is pretty easy to walk off with and some of us take those off when mischievous teens abound in campgrounds -- depends on how unsupervised your campsite might be.
Someone I know had their flag and flagpole stolen overnight while camped at a Region rally.
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The Hensley drawbar stays in a big yellow plastic toolbox we bought for the purpose. The boat drawbar stays in a vinyl bag Barb sewed for it under the truck seat. The receiver is plugged with a Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield cover when not in use. All are secured with a locking pin when in place.

Several years back I made the mistake of leaving a drawbar in the receiver over winter here. Come spring, after driving in saltwater all winter, I ALMOST didn't get it out. Took a lot of PB Blaster and a really big hammer to free it up.
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I keep mine locked when in use. I remove it when I have the trailer back in storage. The hitch stays with the trailer (locked inside). The garage door will not close with the hitch attached.
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The Hensley drawbar stays in a big yellow plastic toolbox we bought for the purpose. The boat drawbar stays in a vinyl bag Barb sewed for it under the truck seat. The receiver is plugged with a Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield cover when not in use. All are secured with a locking pin when in place.

Several years back I made the mistake of leaving a drawbar in the receiver over winter here. Come spring, after driving in saltwater all winter, I ALMOST didn't get it out. Took a lot of PB Blaster and a really big hammer to free it up.
I would of used the chain and telephone pole method.
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draw bar?

I once left my "drawbar" in the receiver after I set up the unit.

The "drawbar" is called a "stinger" if you have a Hensley.

What an appropriate name... enough said!

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