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Old 07-18-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Illegal to have shank and ball in place except when towing?

On another thread someone mentioned that a few states disallow leaving the ball and shank in the receiver except when towing. I suppose Hensley/PP stingers might be affected as well.

Does anyone have a list of states that do this?

Is it really being enforced?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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I have heard this regarding New York, but extensive hunting on the Internet seemed to indicate that it is not true.
If it is correct some one needs to find the statute that says so. I was unable to.
I spent considerable time trying to find this in regard to NY as I was working for a transport co. at the time and normally leave the head locked in place. It would not be good to have it flopping around in an open truck bed and for some even lifting it there would not be advisable.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #3
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Weld it in place.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:21 AM   #4
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On another thread someone mentioned that a few states disallow leaving the ball and shank in the receiver except when towing. I suppose Hensley/PP stingers might be affected as well.

Does anyone have a list of states that do this?

Is it really being enforced?
My AirSafe hitch weighs about 70# and has the mud flaps permanently attached. It lives on my truck full time. I have driven with it in place in at least 25 states and I never have been stopped.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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How I solved the haha whacked my shin problem.

Have driven a lot with it in place and never been hassled.
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Receiver hitches are illegal in Europe, if I have been informed correctly.

Is it possible this whole thing about it being illegal to have a hitch left on the truck is another urban myth?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:55 AM   #7
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It's illegal to have your bumper on unless you're bumping.
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I've been driving with a hitch on my vehicles for about 12 years and I have never been stopped for it while I have lived in va, fl, tx, ca, and nc. If you count my family we have a total of around 40 years worth of driving with hitches on our vehicles and we've never been given a ticket.

I have had two incidents where my hitch has saved my vehicle from damage in a fender bender. Can't say the the two cars who bumped me fared well since both of their radiators were damaged when they rear ended my truck at about 5-10 mph. That's worth any ticket I'll ever get.
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I've driven with a bare hitch installed in 49 States in the last 11 years and have not been stopped. And this is the first time I've ever heard this mentioned.
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It's illegal to have your bumper on unless you're bumping.
Ill have to keep that in mind. thank you for letting me know that. Now I have a reason to bump more often
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I have never had a problem in 49 states and most of Canada. Only heard the story in regard to NY.

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.

Have only been tapped from behind lightly once in the 560,000 miles i have driven the present truck
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It's illegal to have your bumper on unless you're bumping.

What's the rules on pistons?




hey, as far as being bumped from behind, I'll put my drop hitch up against their radiator every time.
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I have never heard of it before. And my hitches have punched out more than one radiator. Last one the at fault insurance company tried to make it a contributory negligence case because of the hitch...they lost.

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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...

I guess technically, if your hitch shank, etc., is blocking the clear view, you could be sited for an infraction - I don't think this would normally happen unless you are sited for some other reason and the officer decides to take the hard line, like for example, if he's given some unusual 'grief' by the driver...

I've heard of the DOT CHP inspectors listing this kind of infraction during a stop, but I believe it's usually a 'fixit' ticket, requiring another visit to with a CHP officer to show you've removed the object...

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...
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