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Old 07-18-2011, 04:00 AM   #15
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Well, this was the very first time that we did not remove the hitch while camping. On our previous hitch we always used a lock but gave it to the people that bought the Tradewind. I knew I needed to get another one but hadn't bought it yet. The pin was in place so I know it didn't fall out, just another lesson learned the hard way!!!!!

We left the camper at the campground and will go up and camp next weekend and then bring it home. We camp at Misty River often and they will let you leave your camper for free all week if you come back the following weekend and stay at least one night.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:56 AM   #16
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Well, this was the very first time that we did not remove the hitch while camping. On our previous hitch we always used a lock but gave it to the people that bought the Tradewind. I knew I needed to get another one but hadn't bought it yet. The pin was in place so I know it didn't fall out, just another lesson learned the hard way!!!!!

We left the camper at the campground and will go up and camp next weekend and then bring it home. We camp at Misty River often and they will let you leave your camper for free all week if you come back the following weekend and stay at least one night.
This just is plain a PIA. It is not the value it is the act, it aggravates you, and you are pissed. It's not like the thief is going down to the local Pawn Stars Franchise and negotiate a deal with Rick for a used trailer hitch. We have several Casinos in our area and nothing good happens in their parking lots. The police are going to put no time in looking for the hitch and the Casino makes it hard to get any information, the security guard was more than likely suffering the internet on his smart phone. Don't put one more second of time letting this upset you that just adds to stress.

The camp ground sounds nice enjoy.

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Old 07-18-2011, 06:28 AM   #17
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Well, this was the very first time that we did not remove the hitch while camping. On our previous hitch we always used a lock but gave it to the people that bought the Tradewind. I knew I needed to get another one but hadn't bought it yet. The pin was in place so I know it didn't fall out, just another lesson learned the hard way!!!!!
You can look at this as an opportunity to upgrade to a Dual Cam or Strait Line system...
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #18
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Our hitch was also stolen while camping. On another trip our Weber Q and good brew disappeared. Now everything gets locked up and put away.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #19
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I usually throw my hitch in the back of the truck.

The price of scrap iron is driving this easy theft. Just look around a parking lot, there are many hitch balls that could easily be stolen - it wouldn't take long to come up with some easy money.

There seems to be as much theft in rural areas as urban areas due to the influx drugs namely meth labs.
Thieves are everywhere!
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #20
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We used to 're-hitch' the shank, ball and bars back into the trailer's coupler (locked) and put a locking pin in the shank - kept things out of the way...

Now, since we got the mud flaps that are attached to the shank, we just leave the ball/shank in place on the TV and remove the bars (easily done with one pin in each) for storage...the shank is ALWAYS kept in place with a locking hitch pin!

We have a Quick-Bite type coupler (has two opening jaws) that's locked closed with a locking SS pin similar to a locking hitch pin, for security...

So far, so good, but you just never know who you're going to run into out there!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:08 PM   #21
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What a crappy thing to happen. My condolences.

We are always concerned about our Hensley hitch bar. It is either locked into the receiver on the truck or chained to the hitch on the ground.

There are some real dirt bags in this world.

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:59 PM   #22
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It is illeagal in California to drive with the hitch/ball connected to the TV without the TT attached. It is my understanding that you probably won't get pulled over for this, but if you are pulled over for someting else you would probably get a ticket for this also.
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Here in Iowa I understand they just passed a new law for driving around with a hitch on the TV; $100.00 fine.

What pray tell is the reasoning behind such a law? I've been towing since 1960 and have never given it a thought, or had a problem nor have I ever heard of a problem.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:02 PM   #25
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It is illeagal in California to drive with the hitch/ball connected to the TV without the TT attached.
I searched the California Vehicle Code (CVC), could not find any law on this. Yes, anything which impairs reading or "recognition .... by an electronic device" of the license plate may bring a violation of CVC 5201.

But I dont think many drawbars, unless configured in the "raise" mode would interfere with view of the plate. Definitely the typical bumper-mounted balls found on older pickups could be found in violation.

I am interested in learning what specific CVC prohibits leaving the drawbar installed.....
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I have never heard of it being illegal in calif for driving with the hitch ball installed. If you look around during a commute day, 2/3rds of all trucks have them. Hmmm.. even mine right now as I think of it.

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Here in Iowa I understand they just passed a new law for driving around with a hitch on the TV; $100.00 fine.

What pray tell is the reasoning behind such a law? I've been towing since 1960 and have never given it a thought, or had a problem nor have I ever heard of a problem.
Run into our haha stinger at 15mph and you'll get an idea.

If you leave them in 24/7/365 around here, after two Winters you'd never get 'em out.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #28
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I know that this has probably been a subject in the past, but I got tired of looking through the threads,lol. So has anyone had their hitch stolen while camping?
Yesterday we were in Cherokee NC. We decided to stop and try our luck and check out the new casino, old but re-done. Went in around 6, out at 8:15. We were in there about 2 hrs and when we returned to our truck John noticed our hitch was missing. . he went inside and talked to someone while I waited by the truck to make sure nothing else disappeared. The security guard showed up, took our statement and a bunch of pictures and proceeded to tell us that it would be at least a week before we would know the outcome of the surveylance video and that we would have to get our insurance company to supeona the casino before any results would be shared because its a privacy issue, whatever! I want to know who took my hitch! Needless to say, we left there and went to the police station to find out that they are closed on the weekend, really???? By this time we were both getting frustrated. We finally found a number that worked out of the 5 they have on the front door and he said someone would call us..... They deputy finally called and took our statement, it is now 10:00 and we have a hr and half drive back through the mountains to get to the campground. On the way we racked our brains trying to figure when this could have happened if it didnt happen there. We only went 2 other places since being at the campground, foodlion and arcade. So the insurance company was real nice and agreed to buy us a new one. The casino called today and said the hitch wasnt there when we pulled in so now we only have the other 2 to check. If it was at the campground, and it is one of our favorites, I dont think I will be going back there. Its kida scary to think people are out there lurking around while we are sleeping. We had 2 of our small grandkids with us. I told John that one day I am going to write a book about all the crazy things that happen to us, guess now is as good a time as any,lol! Anyone have any similiar experiences? Just curious.
We bought a locking hitch pin for about $15 and use it whenever we go out with our AS.
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