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vic46

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Posted: 07/17/12 03:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is, I believe, a law here in Alberta regading the distance a hitch extends and the length of the tow vehicle. Some of those MULTI cab units with a full size box and an extended hitch present a real hazzard in a parking lot. The law, if I have understood correctly, lays the liabilty on the owner of the vehicle with the offending hitch.
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In the truck, the ball mount is always there. I have never walked into it.
In the motorhome, the ball mount is always there, unless I am putting up my HF antenna, then the ball mount is replaced by the mast bracket, which extends out three feet from the receiver and has a 20 foot pole sitting in it.
I don't tow with the Jeep, so there is seldom anything in the receiver.


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LawDogMass wrote:

This past week, after setting up the HTT, I ran into town to grab some groceries. I always leave the hitch in the receiver while out camping, as it is a heavy unit and figured it is ok leave it in the receiver. I parked at a far empty end of the store's parking lot, no one around my TV. I come back out 20 minutes later to see a guy looking rather upset because MY hitch hit his car when he pulled in. He was reading me the riot act and informing me it was 100% my fault that he now had a nice big dent and broken grill in his cars front end.
Local PD came and told the guy it was his fault in using care while parking and that is not what he wanted to hear. No harm to the hitch or my vehicle, so I headed off.
Do most people leave their hitch on or take it off? This is the first time this has happened in 3 years of camping.


I would have had a lot of trouble not laughing at the guy trying to make the case that it was your fault.


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I have never heard of any laws against a hitch being left in a receiver? I would have laughed at the person claiming "My Hitch" damaged his car.
I was parked at a fairgrounds once with my awning out and a person driving in with an enclosed trailer in tow and he hit my awning. This happened while we were away from the motor home. When we returned his wife approached me saying that my awning damaged their trailer. You got it, I laughed in her face and asked who was going to take care of the damage to my awning! Things cooled rapidly after that.


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Many years ago, my dad was rear ended at a stop light and the car that hit him had severe front end, radiator/grill damage and she tried to blame him.

His car was a heavy Bonneville with the heavy E-Z-Lift head.
Needless to say the police blamed her for the damage and dad went on his merry way with no damage to his car.
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Always leave mine in. Good protection for the back and of the truck. The guy who hit you was totally at fault. It really amazes me how in a situation like that someone runs into a parked vehicle and it is the parked vehicles fault. Duh!

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Mine stays on


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I always take mine off because:

1. I've cracked my shin on it too many times
2. I'm tired of ruining pants with grease when I do #1
3. With people stealing metal, it would be expensive and put us in a difficult spot if some jerk stole it.


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Maybe they should learn how to drive. Just because my truck has bumpers, does not mean that other people should be using them as parking stops.

I usually always take my hitch out, but not always.


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Great original post! I have removed my hitch sometimes because I was worried someone would walk off with it when the truck was parked.

This spring, while my truck was parked at a McDonald's, a semi tractor trailer truck backed into the rear of the truck. It hit the tailgate and bumper and caused significant damage. We were 10 hours from home and it made me think what would have happened it the hitch was in and the hitch or truck frame was damaged.

I now always remove the hitch when camping.


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