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Old 11-03-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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There is a persistent rumour that you can get a ticket for not removing your receiver out of the bumber hitch, because it is a hazard for walking into it in a parking lot ( I have done this, but it was my own) and if you back into another car it can cause a lot of damage. I have heard you can get a ticket if the ball blocks your license plate, has anybody ever got a ticket for this?
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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I have heard the same rumour, but never had it confirmed. I have to take mine out of my truck (03 Tacoma) because I've dragged it on the ground a couple of times coming out of parking lots with very steep access ramps.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:00 PM   #3
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I always take mine out because it will seize in because of rust and I really hate smacking my knees on it !
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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I always take mine out because it will seize in because of rust and I really hate smacking my knees on it !
I leave mine in to protect the rear end of the RAV4, since the spare tire sticks out further than the "bumper". I saw a "bumper" on a pick-up. It was about two feet wide and went into the receiver in lieu of the hitch and ball.

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Old 11-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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I have never heard of this, and I have been stopped plenty of....er, uhm.....

I have had officers of the law follow me with my draw bar in full view without saying a thing.

Rog? Even if this IS a law, is it likely you would pull someone over JUST for that?
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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We always kept ours in place in the car when we had our Boler.
Yes, I do have the bruises from walking into it. we bought a small cover for the ball so it wouldn't rust..

License was still visible and once when I was rear ended it took a lot of the impact and my car had next to no damage. T'was a hit and run from two cars back. (I was first in line and lucky no damage)

Now, no trailer so we took it out from the car..

Haven't bought one yet for the escape.(tow vehicle)..
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:52 PM   #7
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The one of my tug sticks out, oh about a foot. I've an expensive rear door that the drawbar protects. In fact, some young punk got a hole through his radiator when he decided I didn't leave the green light fast enough. I've only whacked my shin once. That was one time too often. I never gave myself a ticket for it either.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:47 PM   #8
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Rick kl who is a Canuck started this thread so as such I'll add my 2 cents worth (Canadian).

These laws are PROVINCIAL and do vary province to province. (Motor Vehicle Act) State by State laws also are involved.

In B.C. it IS illegal to leave the receiver in your hitch when it is not in use. It is ALSO illegal to obscure/block vision of your rear plate (for ANY reason) as Police/RCMP NEED to be able to have a clear, full/unobstructive view of your rear plate ESPECIALLY the little decals with the regi number on them (usually located at the very bottom of the current decal).

Glen (and others) NOT pointing digits at anyone, but YOU responded!!!
....its only a matter of time before you are officially spoken to about your practice, no matter WHAT you believe your valid reasons are for leaving the receiver IN, you ARE in fact in voilation of one of B.C.s MVA rules. Just because you DO/can get away with it, doesn't make it legal.

Now, having said that, let me add also that its only going to take ONE law enforcement officer to see this and take action.
Chances of this happening?? Slim to NONE.
Chances of it happenin on one of those days when you are 'ready LATE for work an its pi_ _ in rain? Purty good!!!!

I'll get offa my soap box now!!!
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:58 PM   #9
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What do they do with a Mitsubishi Montero where the ball mount is bolted to the receiver?

BTW, the part bolted to the vehicle underneath is the receiver hitch; it receives the ball mount or stinger, which is the part that comes out.
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in addendum to this ( and a l'il off topic) and for further example how MVA laws differ province to province and state to state/ country to country ....there are provinces and states where it is LEGAL to drive/operate a motor vehicle (or trailer) WITHOUT fenders (front, rear and or rear both).

EG: Washington State has a Fair Weather Law which states (in part and NOT quoting) it is legal to operate an motor vehicle without fenders on a clear and dry day. Some provinces also have this law, unfortunately the Province of B.C. does NOT have this law. It IS illegal to operate a motor vehicle (trailers fall under this rule) without fenders at any time here in B.C.. However, there are (literally hundereds) many cars/trailer on the road with NO fenders running in B.C..
Legal, NO.
Is it 'done'? Yes.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #11
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Pete, in B.C. there is a law that states that these 'bumper hitches' are no longer legal! See now the differences in Country to country laws?
Again ....it is only going to take ONE law enforcement officer to see this law violation and act on it.

A few year ago, I was headed home (north) from Washington (Sedro Woolley) and was pulled over by a (city) Police officer because my DAY TIME running lights 'B O T H E R E D' him!!!
I pointed out that I AM Canadian, this IS a Canadian vehicle, NEW from the factory and that these lights were stock/from the factory. I was ticketed (by this officer), appealed (in court) and won the case, BTW!
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:01 AM   #12
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I phoned the Saskatchewan highway traffic board, they told me if the ball mount extends more than 8 1/2" from the vehicle a ticket can be handed out.


Its true! some politicians really have nothing else to do!

Every jurisdiction will be different so if you drop off the trailer and go to town for a six pack its best to take out the drawbar.
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Rick, does Saskabush NOT have a 'Department Of Transport' or is this the same thing, different title?

They'd be the better ones to contact about issues like this. As I said these laws vary province to province, state to state and country to country.

Bottom line is yes you can leave it in, but it only takes one officer to pick up on it and act.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:55 AM   #14
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The Saskatchewan highway traffic board is the dept. that hands out the tickets and inforces the laws. Same thing as the 'Department Of Transport'

If you get too many tickets, they are the ones that pull your license.
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