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post #1 of 13 Old 07-12-2016, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Leaving a hitch when not towing anything

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does anyone know if it's true that if someone hits your car with a hitch, you are responsible? I always leave mine own so that people are more careful.


In Canada (province of Ontario)., even if an accident is not your fault, you are not compensated for the loss on an vehicle involved in an accident even if you are not at fault .So my philosophy is that my hitch will make more damage to that distracted driver that causes me financial loss (FOR HIS FAULT, time and worries).

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-12-2016, 09:34 AM
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I've never heard of this. I do know that if someone rear ends you in Alberta, it is automatically their fault. I can't find anything that says it is illegal to have the hitch on when not towing, in Alberta anyway.

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Laws, rules are different from location to location. Check your local rules. In some US locations, it is illegal to et the ball mount remain in the receiver unless there is something hooked to the ball.

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As mentioned above, check local code. It was illegal where I used to live to leave the ball on unless in use.

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Laws, rules are different from location to location. Check your local rules. In some US locations, it is illegal to et the ball mount remain in the receiver unless there is something hooked to the ball.
That's the way it should be everywhere. I never understood the need to leave a hitch in the receiver when not in use.
Having said that I installed a "Bully" hitch step to give a little protection to the rear of my Escape. Initially I found it to stick out a bit far for my liking so I drilled new holes to mount it closer. The hitch step is a heck of a lot more knee friendly than an exposed ball hitch and is great to access to top for whatever reason.
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Ontario law has nothing against a hitch while not towing, as long as it<s not blocking the plate. I think this law is for those that have a ball on their bumper.

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Here in SC, it's not illegal provided it doesn't obscure the solitary rear plate we use. My wife has been rear-ended three times while stopped at a light or sign. Last time was a teenager texting while driving grandma's Cadillac. The trailer hitch receiver punched a nice hole into the Caddy's elastomeric bumper. Our car not a scratch except on the trailer ball. You could always by this:

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Like the looks of that step Funk, have you tried one?
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I've had the Weathertech bumper step for the last year or so on my 2014 E. Run it mainly during the winter months in case the person in back of me slides around during a Minnesota winter. May want it on during a future trip to the east coast.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-13-2016, 09:24 PM
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Thanks Bob! I take it you like it so far? Worth the purchase? Even if only for the potential bumper protection?
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