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My first $100 truck lesson.

When your not using your hitch receiver don't leave it on the truck, even if it is all locked up.

I bought a used B&W tow and stow a week ago, on the way home I stopped at Lowes and picked up a locking pin for it. I got it all installed and locked up and forgot about it. Today, while unloading the dogs from the bed I noticed that it was missing. I had to look around to make sure I didn't remove it and forget that I had done that but couldn't find it anywhere.

The worst part is I have no idea if it was stolen while at my house or not. I did leave it parked up the canyon for a few hours last Friday but really don't know. I'm a cop so I know that this kind of crap happens all the time but its usually stuff that isn't locked down. I thought that the hitch locks worked. I guess I won't waste my money on one when I get a replacement.


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That's crazy. I had my truck stolen in June and recovered two days later and they left the 11 IN drop hitch locked in the receiver.


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I never leave mine in. It is nice protection if someone rear ends you, but that already happened to me without it in and they just slid right under my receiver and didnt even scratch the bumper!


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Bummer. I have always left mine in place and never had a problem...knock on wood, fast! I mostly like it for keeping people from getting close to my bumper in parking spaces.


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I was pretty happy about even finding this one in the local classifieds. I knew that I wanted one like it and felt that for the price it was even better. I had the same thinking that if I left it in place it could help if I was ever rear ended. I didn't even think twice about having it stolen though with the lock on. I can't even figure out how you would go about cutting the lock off. It was a really tight fit. Now I need to tow something this weekend and have to go buy something to use.


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Mine was stolen at the Jason aldean concert ha

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I take mine out because I'm always hitting my shins on it. But i had a Stainless one stolen a few years back.

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On this one the ball folds up underneath the truck so that you don't have to worry about hitting your shins on it. That was one of the benefits I saw on it. I think I have a permanent dent on my right shin from running full speed around my parents suburban and hitting the hitch as a teen. That hurt bad.


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I lavender mine in. Never had an issue. You apparently need to step up patrols...lol
Next time etch your last 4 on the bottom of it so if you find who has it on their truck you can take them to jail.....if it's worth that much effort.
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Something else to think of is, you may have locked it and it didn't really latch. And it just fell off going down the road one day.
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