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Old 03-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Protect your ball, save your pants

After ruining several pair of pants when I bumped against my greasy hitch ball after unhooking, I decided that I needed to find a fix. The hitch cover below was made using a 3" to 2" PVC reducing joint, a 2" cap, and a small bungie cord. A lttle paint and the hitch cover has worked great. I don't have to wipe the grease off after every use and it's ready to go when we are ready to go.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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Great solution to my problem! Thanks
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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Okay, I did a double take when I first read this thread name!

A tennis ball with the bottom cut out also works well.
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We all have that problem....ball or no ball.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:06 PM   #5
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Well it only took one time of my wife running into the hitch,with her bare knees to teach me not to be lazy. I have a plastic milk crate in the bed of the truck and I take if off each time we unhook and stow it in the milk crate.Problem solved for me,but your ball cover is a great idea.
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The old timers know this but, as a refresher, many of us unplug the hitch assembly and then re-lock the ball onto the trailer with the hitch assembly hanging therefrom and turned back under the A-frame of the trailer --- or as close thereto as possible. It definitely prevents many a barked shin or busted knee - and all the $&*#@ language that is required in that situation!
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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A cheap solution is to cut a hole in an old tennis ball, and pop it over the hitch ball. Of coursde, it isn't as pretty as the above solution...
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:59 PM   #8
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This hitch cover works better for us because the size of our ball is a bit too big for a standard tennis ball, it does not remove the grease when it is used, and it's cleaner to store when not in use because any grease residue is deep inside the cover.
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I don't know which member gave me the idea, but I welded a piece of 2.5" square tubing to my tongue as a receiver of my hitch when I am not towing. I can then use my lock pin to lock it to the trailer. It also works out where you can not use the WD bars with the hitch in there to further prevent theft.

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This hitch cover works better for us because the size of our ball is a bit too big for a standard tennis ball, it does not remove the grease when it is used, and it's cleaner to store when not in use because any grease residue is deep inside the cover.
Instead of storing it, I keep several, and use the used tennis balls to occupy the attention of any neighbor's obnoxious dogs. For some reason, most of the dogs tend to not bother me after a single round of "fetch the tennis ball"...
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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Wolverine,
I'm impressed. Very nice. Gonna do mine exactly your way.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:06 AM   #12
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What a great idea!! I am going to make one and look for some good silver paint.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:10 AM   #13
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One of the only two good items I ever bought from Camping World was a rubber cup that fits over the hitch ball. (The other good one was a small holder designed to keep the cord to the two vehicle off the ground when unhitched.)

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We use a can coozie. Have had the same one from the beginning no fancy cord or hold down just sits there on the ball. I always have it on the hitch when the trailer is not there. I use it to grab onto while inserting the hitch to the truck. I leave it on while running down the highway at any speed and have never lost it.
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