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Old 12-09-2015, 05:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Me and my buddies dropped the boat off at the dock.Some one for got the beer .So we went to the store which was closer .3 of us got out to get alot of beer .But My son stayed in the truck.
Due to tinted windows you couldn't see him.
Some kids were trying to steal my 6 inch drop reciever. Well they got shocked when my 6'5 325# kid came out and caught one.
Why I always lock mine or take it out now .
Too funny when we came out with the beer my kid was sitting on him waiting for us Lmao.
Instead of calling the cops we let him go with a size 16 boot kick in the ***....

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Old 12-09-2015, 06:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well, I am glad I still live in an area where you don't have to. I generally have the one with 2" ball in, and the others in the tool box.

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Old 12-10-2015, 02:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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...I leave the hitch in all the time as it acts as a first line of defense against rear end hits...
Did that hit make your neck hurt, Tom? When the S10 I was in got its bumper bent down exactly like yours I thought I was fine, no injury. An hour later I couldn’t turn my head and suddenly had a splitting headache. At the time of the hit the S10 had 13 miles on the odometer…
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Old 12-10-2015, 07:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree with tired farmer, I never leave mine in. Wacked my shin to many times, worried that the lock won't unlock when I need to change it for a different one because it is full of salt and grime, hell I even took the one out for the spare tire. I also wonder, does it do MORE damage when rear ended?
I would think my picture above would have answered your question. The vehicle that hit me was full size Chevrolet van, and after he rear ended my truck, someone rear ended him, so I got hit twice. It bent the ends of the frame down where the hitch was mounted, but the dealer straightened them back with no problems. As I posted, without that buffer, I would have ended up with a new bed and possible a new fiberglass top.

In 1987, I bought a new full size Blazer. One week later, at 6 am, a woman putting on her makeup rear ended me at a traffic light. The hitch took out her front bumper and radiator. The Blazer escaped without a scratch.

And that doesn't take into consideration the numerous times someone has just tapped the rear end, either at a light, drive through window or parking lot, that would have scarred up the bumper. I bumped my shins into mine one time. It was enough to make me remember it is there, and that was decades ago.
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When I back up to loading dock at the co-op for feed it helps prevent hitting the bumper. And even knowing it is there hasn't stopped me from killing my shins on more than one occasion.
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Did that hit make your neck hurt, Tom? When the S10 I was in got its bumper bent down exactly like yours I thought I was fine, no injury. An hour later I couldn’t turn my head and suddenly had a splitting headache. At the time of the hit the S10 had 13 miles on the odometer…
Luckily, I saw him coming and was as prepared as one can be when getting hit like that. When I was a kid, I was in the back seat of my parents car when it was rear ended by a bus. I was knocked out cold and undoubtedly had a concussion, though back then it was the "walk it off kid, you're fine" attitude. Probably explains why I'm like I am.
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Well, I am glad I still live in an area where you don't have to. I generally have the one with 2" ball in, and the others in the tool box.
My solid steel Hitch-Rite 3 ball + pintle cost about $200, if I remember correctly. The heaviest capacity of any available at the time. You bet I lock it. It's too damn heavy to be pulling all the time and serves as a great PRE-bumper. I've been hit (bumped) many times.

And before you ask, the bumper is 20,000 pound towing capacity 1/2 inch stainless that boxes the frame.
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I can see that being too heavy to pull, that's why I have three different ones.
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My boss (at the time) had asked me to go get us a couple of "badass ball mounts that can tow anything". When he saw what I got he said, "Now how in the Hell am I gonna move that heavy sob". lol He hit his shins a few times and then it sat in his back seat floor most the time. But I left mine in loving the extra protection from cars hitting me and funny, after a few shin hits, I am now trained to give a wide berth when walking behind anyone's truck.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:50 PM   #20 (permalink)
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And you're worried about someone taking the receiver? If if is that bad an area I'd be more worried about them stealing the trailer or truck!

I'm NOT sure I follow you. What's the point of locking any of it then? (receiver or coupler) If you lock the trailer coupler and not the receiver then the hitch could just be pulled out of the receiver. Yes the coupler would still be locked but the boat trailer would still be removed from the truck. Am I missing something here to your way of thinking?? Or was my title to the thread off? Maybe I should have called it "Receiver and Coupler Locks (Keyed Alike)

I'm not leaving some decorative receiver cover on the truck and want to lock it. I don't leave the receiver lock in place when not in use.

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