2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #18
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"Hitch Hermit" Stores Ball Hitch Under Rear Bumper
“The Hitch Hermit lets you store ball hitches under your rear bumper, where they’re easily accessible whenever you need them making it much safer,” explains Vern Schroeder, owner, of Carroll, Iowa.
The Hitch Hermit attaches to the crossbar of the hitch assembly under the rear bumper on most pickups, SUV’s, and RV’s. It’s adaptable to most hitch assembly sizes. The patent-pending unit consists of a square metal tube with a pair of stud cables embedded into the top, which wrap around the crossbar to secure the unit.
Installation is easy: you bolt through a pair of 1-in. long sleeves and simply tighten the nuts.
“It puts your ball hitches under the vehicle completely out of the way to avoid serious leg injuries in adults and head and body injuries in children, which are unfortunately, common occurrences.” says Schroeder. “Also, it makes it easy to switch ball sizes because the exact hitch you need is assessable. You don’t have to carry different sizes in your cab or in back of the pickup where they can slide around, bang into each other and cause expensive damage. I have two Hitch Hermits on back of my pickup and carry two different hitches with me all the time. I designed 75 to 100 different prototypes before coming up with the final design.”
The only tools needed for installation are two 1/2-in,open-end wrenches. The cables are long enough to fit around many different cross members.
Schroeder says some states have already passed laws that make it illegal to drive with a ball assembly protruding from behind a vehicle. The Hitch Hermit sells for $29.95 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vern Schroeder, 227 E. 5th St., P.O. Box 666, Carroll, Iowa 51401 (ph 712 775-2050 or 712 830-7833; vern@paq-cell.com).

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2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12