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Old 06-12-2015, 08:03 PM   #11
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I take mine off too, mostly because we tow with a SUV and we are usually accessing the rear hatch. It only takes one time nailing it with your shin, or watching one of your kids run around the vehicle and get whacked. It's part of my setup routine every time.

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:31 PM   #12
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Mine stays in at camp. Here at home, it is safely tucked in the garage. Locking pin and all.

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:31 PM   #13
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A shin hit would have me doing it! Ouch
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:33 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by coondog View Post
I take my WD bars off, my hitch out and my "Ski-Doo" hitch cover back in.

Hitches are a huge shin-breaker and I wouldn't care to listen to my wife if she did it nor endure the aggravation if I did it. I also toss the hitch underneath my hybrid bunk to keep it rust free which is also a risk of keeping it in the truck. I see a lot of trailer hitches always left in and they're covered in rust and look horrible.

Comes down to personal preference I guess.
Same here, but without the fancy hitch cover . I have an extended shank so leaving it on the truck is really not an option. It's a brute, but removing it saves shins.

I store it in the pass through in a plastic tub that my wood leveling blocks and stabilizer pads travel in.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:56 PM   #15
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1. Theft
2. Sore shin
3. Grease. You can't avoid it if it is within 10 feet of you will get some on you
4. Truck length, I don't need any more.
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:46 AM   #16
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Mine stays locked in the receiver. I've never bumped into mine walking around. Now I prolly just jinxed myself....
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:28 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by bluie5 View Post
I remove mine and store it under the trailer if we are going to be in one spot for a few days. Out of sight, out of mind for any thieves hopefully. No problems yet. My truck is long enough as it is without that large piece of steel protruding from the rear.
Ditto!! Always good for a shin kick if left on the truck. Anyway, why not? Takes maybe 3 min to remove and stow under the TT. Always appreciate it when fellow RV'ers remove theirs when they go to the grocery or various parking lots as the rest of us can crack a shin on your TV just as easy as our own. Its a real hazard for those of us who suffer from senioridous.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:06 AM   #18
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I take mine off if we are going to leave the campground because the trucks back up camera see it and goes to beeping, then it send another message when going forward. I have a extra safety chain to lock by bars to the trailer, and the head if I remove it .
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:18 AM   #19
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We take ours off, also. Ditto on the shins, greasy pants. The worst is the dog, who continuously gets greased up. We put a ball cover on it, and put it in the back of the truck, or under the trailer tongue if not going far.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:27 AM   #20
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When we had our JayFlight we often didn't unhook at all if the camp sight was long enough. If we needed to use the truck, we took the hitch off, as in some states its illegal to leave it on. We got a warning from a State Police officer (who as very nice about it). We asked why the law, and he said that in case of a rear end collision, the hitch does a tremendous amount of damage to the vehicle that hits it. It also can shove the entire hitch assembly forward on your vehicle, slamming into parts which don't do well under that kind of abuse. :-)

I had never really thought about it until it was explained to me.

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