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Old 07-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #29
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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.....
I have not searched the CVC so you may be right. I based my post on a conversation with one of the hosts at San Mateo campground in San Clemente CA. He got pulled over by a local PD officer for another violation and received a warning for driving with his receiver hitch attached without a trailer. When he asked the officer about it, he was told that in a rear end crash the two vehicles can get locked together when the bumper of the rear car goes over the hitch ball. This causes a traffic hazzerd per the officer. This made sence to me so I accepted it at face value. Now, you may ask, do I drive with my hitch installed? Yes I do... and so does my DW. Sure hope you are correct 'cause I don't want a ticket!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #30
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AirSlide its funny you should mention those funny little tools. When I got my new flat bed I purchased a MASTER BALL LOCK. I think they are 50 or 60 bucks retail. The first evening I had it,I thought WONDER IF I CAN PICK THAT??? Locks are a passing curorisity. This big Shiney lock was OPEN in about 15 seconds and I really dont practice. I keep those funny little tools with me in case of a CAMPGROUND Emergency,fortuneatly I have never had to use them.
So locks are to keep 99% of the people honest,and the other 1% are theives and ya aint gonna stop em anyway.
Oh 1 other thing ITS LAW in my household.REMOVE THE HITCH from the Receiver before the wife Cracks her shins on it IF YA KNOW WHATS GOOD FER YA!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:32 PM   #31
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received a warning for driving with his receiver hitch attached without a trailer. When he asked the officer about it, he was told that in a rear end crash the two vehicles can get locked together when the bumper of the rear car goes over the hitch ball. This causes a traffic hazzerd per the officer.
Yea, I suspect warnings are what you get when the officer cant identify the "law" ya broke. That's when you say "Thank you sir" and move on down the road...

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Thanks for this thread and commiserations to the OP who lost his hitch.

I've always removed and stowed the torsion bars, sway bars and (big and chunky) hitch assembly away out of sight, despite the inconvenience factor. It's not the monetary value that concerns me but having to find a new hitch if you're out in the boondocks somewhere and some creep steals it. It's also about people not cracking their shins on it in the dark!

I also slip a padlock on each of the X-chocks, primarily to stop someone pinching the chocks themselves.

I never drive the tow vehicle with the hitch assembly fitted (but with no trailer) because I saw the mess that a hitch ball made of the front of my brother's Mini when he hit the back of a vehicle fitted with one. I guess it's a safety thing for me.

Goodness! I've just read that back and I sound SO virtuous! Where can I get a good halo buffing kit?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:49 PM   #33
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I never drive the tow vehicle with the hitch assembly fitted (but with no trailer) because I saw the mess that a hitch ball made of the front of my brother's Mini when he hit the back of a vehicle fitted with one. I guess it's a safety thing for me.
Which is why I never drive my truck without it. The day I removed it from our Suburban (we were supposed to trade it in the next day), I got rear-ended at a stop sign. For most drivers of dubious proficiency, that big honkin' thing on the back is a "keep away" sign. Except for the moron that rear-ended me in the drive through at McDonald's. He got a big trailer hitch-shaped hole in his front bumper for his trouble.
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Which is why I never drive my truck without it. The day I removed it from our Suburban (we were supposed to trade it in the next day), I got rear-ended at a stop sign. For most drivers of dubious proficiency, that big honkin' thing on the back is a "keep away" sign. Except for the moron that rear-ended me in the drive through at McDonald's. He got a big trailer hitch-shaped hole in his front bumper for his trouble.
I guess that's the alternative view!
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #36
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I pull the big ugly brown hitch off our truck when I'm not actually towing the Argosy because it's wide enough to get the attention of the backup sensors, so anytime I put the transmission in Reverse it shrieks at me as if I'm about to back over something. From the look of it I guess it's an older EZ Lift, or some knock-off brand. It distributes weight well enough and the friction sway works as well as friction sway can, so I'll probably keep it at least this season since it's paid for.
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A friend rented an SOB and the owner had welded a receiver to the a frame to store the ball mount! Solves the storage and security problem.
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I seem to recall it's illegal in Florida to drive around with your ball showing, if not toeing, remove it.

Still the case?
We got pulled over in Cocoa Beach last month for having an "obstructed license plate". We had just bought this kit:
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to lock both the stinger onto the hitch receiver and the hitch onto the trailer. The cops wrote us a warning and I promptly removed the stinger (hitch receiver) but it kind of dampened our fun after that.
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Which is why I never drive my truck without it. The day I removed it from our Suburban (we were supposed to trade it in the next day), I got rear-ended at a stop sign. For most drivers of dubious proficiency, that big honkin' thing on the back is a "keep away" sign. Except for the moron that rear-ended me in the drive through at McDonald's. He got a big trailer hitch-shaped hole in his front bumper for his trouble.
I have a Hensley so I take the stinger out and install my old weight dist. hitch in the receiver. It was the first item I moved to the new truck and it got a nice coat of flat black undercoat paint in the process. That hitch has been tapped multiple times in traffic, I don't even get out the truck to look anymore. As far as hitting you shin, well if you are walking around the bed of my truck and looking so intently into the bed that you don't see the hitch you were up to no good anyway.
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I'm not sure whether that reminds me more of a Halloween costume, or something that came packed in a plain brown wrapper from a store that also rents questionable videos and sells a lot of strangely shaped air mattresses.
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I'm not sure whether that reminds me more of a Halloween costume, or something that came packed in a plain brown wrapper from a store that also rents questionable videos and sells a lot of strangely shaped air mattresses.
I see halloween....
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