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Old 04-16-2015, 09:56 PM   #21
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I leave mine attached to our travel trailer with a lock installed in the coupler while camping. My reason for doing this is because I witnessed a "Hot Head" walking between vehicles bang his shins on a protruding trailer hitch ball mount. This guy was infuriated and began taking out his anger by doing a really bad "key" job on the pickup truck. I feel like I rather be safe than sorry. (I'll have to admit that I have banged my shins a time or two doing this same thing.)
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:12 PM   #22
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I leave the hitch on the tow vehicle with a keyed pin and put the sway bars in the storage compartment or sometimes I just lay them across the frame behind the battery, depends on where I'm at.
Same here. The hitch is locked to the receiver with a locking hitch pin so it's going nowhere. I put this thick rubber cover over the ball to avoid grease and skinned knees:
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:16 AM   #23
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I thought it was illegal to drive with the hitch attached to the truck (and no trailer attached).
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:50 PM   #24
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I thought it was illegal to drive with the hitch attached to the truck (and no trailer attached).
That varies by state.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:05 PM   #25
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I thought it was illegal to drive with the hitch attached to the truck (and no trailer attached).
Interesting. I've never heard of such a thing. Why would that be? What a PITA that would be. I always have a hitch in my receiver. Now it is only for the ATV trailer, but even the big one for the travel trailer stayed put when traveling. The bars I would just put under the a frame while camping. When storing the camper, everything went into the front storage compartment.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:55 AM   #26
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Interesting. I've never heard of such a thing. Why would that be? What a PITA that would be. I always have a hitch in my receiver. Now it is only for the ATV trailer, but even the big one for the travel trailer stayed put when traveling. The bars I would just put under the a frame while camping. When storing the camper, everything went into the front storage compartment.

Near as I can figure its because Pennsylvania likes to tell you what to do is every little aspect of your life.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:09 AM   #27
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i'll put the bars in the trailers bumper, hitch ball attached to the trailer receiver and locked
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I made these they keep the bars out of the dirt. I welded a link of chain under the frame and lock them to them safe when we leave. I leave the hitch on the truck locked.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:55 PM   #29
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I hate to sound stupid here, but a lot of the posts have indicated the ball on the hitch is greasy. Do you guys add a layer of grease on your hitch ball? I have never considered doing that.
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Yes and then if you leave the hitch installed, you run the risk of getting said grease all over you when working behind the truck. What I used to do is place a bright green tennis ball (with it partially cut out) over the ball. It served two purposes... 1st it kept you from getting grease all over your legs and 2nd, it was easy to see so you didn't accidentally walk into it.
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