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Old 07-18-2011, 01:09 PM   #15
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This is the first I've heard of such a law. The only time I take mine off is if I go somewhere where I think parking may be a challenge. Otherwise, I like the fender bender deterrence.


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Rather than use a ball cover I will often cover the ball with a piece of tin foil so it is less likely that some one will walk into it with out seeing it.

Great idea. A friend of mine does this but leaves it on when he hooks up. Claims it lubes the ball. I'm waiting for someone to make a glow-in-the-dark ball cover (for the sake of my shins).
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:18 PM   #16
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In California it's illegal to have anything blocking a clear view of the license plate (from the rear, unless towing) - whether it's a part of the vehicle, the hitch, coat of mud, faded plastic cover, etc., etc...

Keep you're cool out there - don't give em' a reason to throw the book at you if you're stopped for some other infraction...

That's true in Delaware as well, but rarely enforced. I frequently use a fold-up rack that fits in the receiver hitch that covers the plate when the up position. No problems ... so far. I did get stopped and warned in Miami Beach, FL for having a license plate cover that partially covered the state. I pulled over and removed it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:21 PM   #17
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I was a City of Tallahassee Police Motorcycle Officer in the late 60's/early 70's, and it was not illegal in Florida then. I almost always have had a ball in the receiver for many years, and have never been stopped for it anywhere.

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:42 PM   #18
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I have never heard of having a "sensible size and marked with reflective tape" hitches EVER being an issue anywhere in the continental 48. I have, however, heard that having one of those little "hanging doo-dads" can get you in pulled over and frisked.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:24 PM   #19
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it would be a pretty dumb law. For starters, there is no legal requirement that a tow hitch even BE removable in the first place.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:38 PM   #20
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We were on vacation in NY last year stopped at a C-store for something. Guy came in and said their gonna make that illegal. I ask him what he was talking about, no clue. He said leaving your hitch in the truck. I ask if it was the law now, he said no but it was up before the legislature.
Left mine no problems.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:44 PM   #21
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I think the issue is most likely the visibility of the license plate. They want an unobstructed view of the tag number when following you. I see a lot of those receiver mounted electric wheelchair carriers that are provisioned with a lighted license plate bracket because the contraption blocks the view.

My AirSafe unit also blocks the tag unless you are standing directly above it. At 70#, it's too much to remove and replace regularly and there's no room for it in the packed SUV, but I've considered this could be a problem some day and I'm thinking about attaching a lighted plate bracket to the AirSafe. Any thoughts as to why this might not be a good idea?

Texas is also one of the states that will cite you if you attach a frame that blocks any of the wording on the plate.
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We were on vacation in NY last year stopped at a C-store for something. Guy came in and said their gonna make that illegal. I ask him what he was talking about, no clue. He said leaving your hitch in the truck. I ask if it was the law now, he said no but it was up before the legislature.
Left mine no problems.
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When I was looking into the NY situation one of the stories I got was a lady legislator had walked into a hitch and barked her shins and she was going to try to make it illegal.
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about 10 years ago, I was pulled over just after passing through an intersection.

Officer: Do you know why I pulled you over?
Me: That light was just turning red? (stupid I know...never admit to anything)
Officer: Uh, yeah it might've been but your hitch ball is in place and it obscures your license plate...
Me: Huh?
Officer: I will let you go for that though....BUT I will write you a seatbelt ticket!
Me: AHAH! (in my head)

It is a legitimate offense, as is an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror (ask me how I know that one) rarely enforced except to open the gate to pursue another non-primary violation.
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