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Old 07-10-2016, 05:04 PM   #31
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Not at all, at least on mine.
I edited right before your message!
Perhaps there are some that it does obscure.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:28 PM   #32
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I remember Glenn saying that a car manual may say not to.
While it may be legal, there are probably several safety implications. Modern cars and trucks are very carefully designed with energy absorption as a major component of crash safety. The hitch ball sticking out there could have significant consequences to both vehicles involved in rear end or other angular crashes that impact the rear.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:00 PM   #33
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Obscuring the plate can be an issue, but of course it varies widely by vehicle. Many do not have the plate in the middle of the bumper (although most pickup trucks do), but even then the plate may still be well above the ball (like Robert's). Our Sienna's plate (like many vans and SUVs) is way up on the hatch. Then there's the occasional oddball offset plate location...


In any case, if there were a regulation relevant to this aspect, it would be about obscuring the plate, not specifically about leaving a ball mount in place when not towing.

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While it may be legal, there are probably several safety implications. Modern cars and trucks are very carefully designed with energy absorption as a major component of crash safety. The hitch ball sticking out there could have significant consequences to both vehicles involved in rear end or other angular crashes that impact the rear.
I agree.
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Lots of vehicles have blocked plates with all kinds of things.
Often on their ball mount.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:32 PM   #35
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While it may be legal, there are probably several safety implications. Modern cars and trucks are very carefully designed with energy absorption as a major component of crash safety. The hitch ball sticking out there could have significant consequences to both vehicles involved in rear end or other angular crashes that impact the rear.
Yes, I thought about keeping it on which I did once but quickly realized that I like to back into parking spaces and that thing can really do damage if you hit someone's vehicle with it. We always take it off.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:51 PM   #36
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I've never seen anyone get a ticket for a stinger without the trailer in our area, and many of them are so rusted in place that I doubt they can be removed.

We do have a sign on the local automatic car wash that states trailer hitches MUST be removed or the machine will abort the start of the wash & you won't get your $ back. I guess they have had problems with the spray arm tagging them.

I have been the habit of always removing mine (even the weight distribution hitch) when ever I unhook the trailer.
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A couple prohibit keeping towing mirrors on when not towing. It seems that about all states require towing mirrors for towing or at least a lot of them.
so is there a clear definition for what is considered a towing mirror that is consistent state to state?
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Lots of vehicles have blocked plates with all kinds of things.
Often on their ball mount.
had not considered that...need to check this with a different stinger and be sure the license plate is still clearly visible.
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so is there a clear definition for what is considered a towing mirror that is consistent state to state?
They all word it somewhat differently but what you may see is mirrors or mirror extensions. In the rare cases where they need to be removed, they will say that the extensions need to be retracted. As far as mirrors needed for towing, I would say not to go anywhere without them as they are so commonly required.
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