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Thread: Illegal to run tow hitch and ball without towing?

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    Default Illegal to run tow hitch and ball without towing?

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    I was talking with friends today who own trucks and what not. I had asked them if it's illegal to run tow hitch and ball if you're not towing anything? No one was able to give me an answer. I see people driving around with them all the time and doesn't seem to be an issue. My cousin and I were talking about it and he told me that it's illegal to run it if you're not towing. So I know at some point in my trucks life time that I am going to be towing. Now if I leave the tow hitch and ball on and drive around, am I going to get a ticket it for it? Would I be treated like I had limo tint on my front window and passenger side window lol?

    Anyways! If anyone can answer this please post, thanks!

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    Hogwash. Run it any time. Never heard of ANYONE getting in trouble for this. You never will get in trouble for this either.

    Tin is different because it is an immediate safety issue.

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    Yes when you are not towing there should be nothing left in your receiver, this is due to safety in an accident. Now do they actually ticket for this? I have never heard of anyone getting a ticket myself.



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    so it is?

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    I'm leaning toward urban myth. I previously misspent a good amount of time searching the the Highway Traffic act and couldn't find any similar legislation..

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    I've also heard that it is illegal to have a tow hitch on the truck when not towing, and it makes sense to me, if someone rear-ends you, they will get speared and suffer way more damage, and neither vehicle's bumper will be able to do the job it was intended to do.

    That said, I've never heard of anyone getting a ticket or even a warning about this. Nor have I ever heard of anyone successfully confirming this in the actual legislation.

    In short, I have no idea.
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    I'll try and find a link for this as it has already been discussed a few years back on here. If I remember correctly, Alberta it is not illegal. Saskabush is a different story. I'll try and find the linky.
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    I am not sure if it is illegal or not, but if you ever get rear ended / in an accident it may affect your claim. I did not have my hitch in when I just got hit so I can not add any insight, however if I had the other guys front end would have been really messed.


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    Perfectly legal
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    There is no section in the act for a hitch ball.
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