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Old 06-12-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch at camp site.

On my last couple of trips, I have seen people disconnect their trailer, D-bars, and then they remove their hitch!!?? My question is why? Am I missing something? Why do you want to take the hitch off and then have to put it back on in a few days. ( I understand about shin hits but other than someone not looking where you are going is there another reason?)
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:44 PM   #2
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I only remove my bars when I am going to be traveling away from the campground. I usually leave the hitch attached. For my hitch, I cover it with a plastic bag so I don't waste a 5th pair of shorts - grease. I just bought some silicone clear grease for hitches that supposedly won't stain clothes, but I need to get the old grease off first.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:45 PM   #3
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for me its the length of time at that CG. if its more than a couple days, i pull it out. Most everything round bars, sway control and hitch can easily be stored just behind the propane tanks, so why not. It seems i access the back of my tahoe often while camping, its just one less thing to think about I guess. Part of it may be routine too...
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:48 PM   #4
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I have a locking hitch pin, so I leave my WDH head attached when camping. My father-in-law removes his and stores it in the bed of his truck (he has a locking cap). I guess its personal choice. Personally, I choose to manhandle that heavy hitch as little as possible...
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I would add that at $400., $500., or more for the hitch, there are still some people out there that would be more than happy to relieve you of it if you don't have a pin that locks.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:51 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:45 PM   #7
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I remove ours if we are disconnecting the trailer (more than one night stays). I know for certain that I will hit my shin on it if I leave it in place. I cover the ball with a baggie and lock it in a storage compartment on the trailer with the wd bars. When we had a motorhome and towed a small pickup, I would remove that hitch from the receiver for the same reason as mentioned above. Just my .02 cents.
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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.
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I would add that at $400., $500., or more for the hitch, there are still some people out there that would be more than happy to relieve you of it if you don't have a pin that locks.
Exactly!!! I just spent $500+ on an equalizer hitch. I have a locking pin for it. Whe we go to the beach or the store, I don't have to worry about it getting stolen. Unfortunately there are people out there want to make a quick buck at your expense.
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My Blue Ox goes right in a plastic tote in the bed of my truck.
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