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Old 09-05-2007, 03:45 PM   #57
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My husband, being the gentleman that he is, started locking it into the trailer tongue (covered with a bag) so I wouldn't get grease on me when I'd get into the back of the van. We got a locking hitch pin when a friend had his stolen at a restaurant. I tend to lock up everything since our van was opened and all tools stolen in the time he had carried one tool box to the basement and walked right back up. Just like to decrease our risk.....
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:58 PM   #58
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do many hitches get stolen?
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:41 PM   #59
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If you lock your hitch into the coupler of the trailer it is not really secure. If someone wants it all they need to do is remove a small roll pin and the hitch will fall out. I would also question the safety of hanging a monster weight like that with so little to hold it in place. If the hitch was to fall out of the coupler on to a small child or pet the results would be very bad.

When I unhitch, I clean the ball. We have a yellow lab that will have a stripe if we do not. I also back the truck towards the trailer to minimise the traffic past it. I will also leave the tailgate down which stop anyone from walking into the hitch.

I do not consider myself rude.
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:30 PM   #60
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Ticket In Fla.

Isn't it true that in Florida you can get a ticket for leaving it in?
My shins and my wife and my dog told me to take it out, put it away and lock it up, no big deal!!
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:08 PM   #61
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Richard,

I didn't know this. I'm going to have to take a look at my trailer tongue now. I lock my Eqal-I-Zer into the tongue and pin the bars back at the campground. They'd have a time of it trying to just hitch up and take the whole thing, as they'd have to spring the bars into the L brackets without the tool. But as for nocking the roll pin out, that's a definite bad bad.

I may have to get some kind of bicycle lock or something.

I guess if a thief wants it bad enough, he's going to take it. I was trying to make it not the easiest target of opportunity. When at home, it's in the garage.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:23 PM   #62
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When we have the hitch on the truck we pin-lock it...and we leave it on the truck while we are camping for lack of a better place to store it, but we do back the truck into the space so it's not street-side. We cover the ball and are in the process of making a vinyl cover for the hitch that will keep our pants clean and make it more visible. By the way, we also put a lock in the tongue coupler whenever the trailer is parked to keep anyone from just hooking up and pulling it away (both in our drive and in a campground). The little extra time it takes to do this is well worth it....it only needs to be stolen once to make you a believer!

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Old 09-05-2007, 08:11 PM   #63
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I leave my hitch in the receiver while camping - it's camping and I don't want to have to heft that darn thing more than twice - once at the start of my trip and once at the end in my garage. I have the ENKAY flaps - I have to remove the flap and rod as driving anywhere with them in and no trailer causes a disruptive tail waging the dog feeling to the truck.

What I do to remind others to look out around the receiver hitch AND the trailer tongue is place my Hitchin Rods( Hitchin' Rods :: Hitchin Rods :: QWorks Corporation ) on each which makes them very easy to spot. They stick up 4 feet and are floresent green. They are quick to remove if I want to drive the truck and make hitching a snap.

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Old 09-07-2007, 07:11 AM   #64
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Isn't it true that in Florida you can get a ticket for leaving it in?

I never heard of such a thing. Can you provide the text which explains this in more detail?
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Isn't it true that in Florida you can get a ticket for leaving it in?
I know ignorance of the law is no excuse, but how are you supposed to know these things? You can't be expected to be an expert in law in every state.

I've stayed in Florida state parks and the park rangers haven't told me this. You'd think they would when they get my tag number and address at check-in and realize I'm not from Florida.
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Old 09-07-2007, 03:22 PM   #66
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My tongue was sticking out in Fla.

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I know ignorance of the law is no excuse, but how are you supposed to know these things? You can't be expected to be an expert in law in every state.

I've stayed in Florida state parks and the park rangers haven't told me this. You'd think they would when they get my tag number and address at check-in and realize I'm not from Florida.
We were in the Miami area several years ago for the Boat Show and were told this by a local resident, it may have been just a local ordinance at the time, but we took no chance's. We pulled the sucker out and stuck it in the Burb> they do love us Frost-backs in Fla.
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