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Old 08-07-2013, 01:46 PM
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Not a law here in CA, that's the most surprising thing of all; no whining anti receiver hitch special interest group. We have a group for everything else...
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Not a law here in CA, that's the most surprising thing of all; no whining anti receiver hitch special interest group. We have a group for everything else...
Yes but you probably have to have a sticker on it that says it contains a substance known to cause cancer....
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As i understand it. It has more to do with blocking the view of your rear tag then safety..
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It isn't enforced much in MA. I have mine in the receiver and it has been in there for the past 10 years and never had a problem. Not even at the inspection stations
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For those of you who are in Maryland, the story I heard from several people is that they were ticketing guys in the town of Cecilton for that sole purpose. For those of you who aren't familiar with Cecilton... it's basically all farm-land on the eastern shore. Very popular area with fisherman, but especially hunters. I would guess 75% of the cars on the road in that town are trucks. Of those, i bet 90% have a hitch on.

As one of you mentioned, my first thought is that a politician banged his shin... and he probably deserved it considering what's going on with MD government.

I had a big pintle hitch on the back of a Suburban a few years back. I got rear-ended hard by a drunk lady in the middle of the day. The engine on her mercedes ended up partially embedded in the firewall. All I had to do was put some touch-up paint on my hitch.

I usually dont drive with the pintle in cause it's so big and i have whacked my knee on it. But i always keep my regular ball in. Truck looks naked without it. Makes me uncomfortable to drive around with an open hole back there.
Can you find out what traffic article and subsection they are being charged under? I have a fairly extensive knowledge of Maryland traffic law and can't think of any violation unless is it blocking the view of the registration tag.
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Must be enforced regionally. I commuted from southern Maryland into the D.C. area for almost five years with a ball in my hitch the entire time. No one ever questioned it, in either a traffic stop, or inspection. I considered it self protection on the Beltway in 7am traffic - I was hit by three different women putting on makeup in stop and go traffic - took out all three grills and one radiator. Never got as far as the truck - the ball / ballmount took the entire hit.

Let's see, bought this truck nine years ago - put the ball mount in about an hour later - been one of three in there since.
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As i understand it. It has more to do with blocking the view of your rear tag then safety..
Unless you need a ball mount with a fairly high rise, I don't see how a receiver hitch is going to block your tag.

Even the 2 inch rise mount I need for the boat won't block the view of my tag.

I take mine out because the shins that will get banged are mine......
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Let's see now, Mass, PA, Ill, MD.. what do they all have in common?
Trailer hitches in a receiver while not towing is a ticketable offense?
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Not against the law in Maryland, this is a rumor and folklore. Ranks up there with its against the law to drive bare foot
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Not a law here in CA, that's the most surprising thing of all; no whining anti receiver hitch special interest group. We have a group for everything else...
Hard to put a hitch on a prius,,,,,,,

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Probably not a law specific to a trailer hitch, but more likely a law about parts of the car protruding x amount of inches past some point, bumpers, wheel wells etc.
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In Washington state the law is on the books and barely enforced except for an excuse to check for DUI
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Wait a minute, I was just remembering I had a hitch on my 78 Olds that was not removable, all one piece bolted up underneath, Class I or II ?
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Not against the law in Maryland, this is a rumor and folklore. Ranks up there with its against the law to drive bare foot
Not against the law in MA either as long as it is not blocking the view of the plate.
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I made a solid steel spike with a barb when I was a kid. If anything hit it it would have done a number. No one ever hit it.
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Please enlighten me to what they have in common since you know and no one else does.
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Probably not a law specific to a trailer hitch, but more likely a law about parts of the car protruding x amount of inches past some point, bumpers, wheel wells etc.
Finally some one got it.
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I made a solid steel spike with a barb when I was a kid. If anything hit it it would have done a number. No one ever hit it.
When I was a kid we had a 68 Buick LeSabre with a frame mounted hitch. Somebody totaled their car on it and put a crease in our bumper.
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Thank heavens there's no such law in Florida... and I'm really, really glad we did away with vehicle inspections years ago as well (and I'm a retired cop...).

As noted "what do they have in common".... Intrepid has it right on the money. We got rid of our inspection system just about the time that the state lost it's big D majority in the legislature. Let's see.... can you guess which states are in deep financial trouble? hmmm.
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thank heavens there's no such law in florida... And i'm really, really glad we did away with vehicle inspections years ago as well (and i'm a retired cop...).

As noted "what do they have in common".... Intrepid has it right on the money. We got rid of our inspection system just about the time that the state lost it's big d majority in the legislature. Let's see.... Can you guess which states are in deep financial trouble? Hmmm.
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