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Leaving hitch installed all the time without anything attached

I leave mine attached at all times. I occasionally bring my bikes along so no point in taking it out. Besides, it shows that an electric car can tow things too. It also provides a bit of cushion in case of an accident. I'm thinking about getting the shock absorber thing shown in a recent thread. It does get faded/weathered though.
 
Same issue for me as I have a bumper guard on mine now. Considering hitch mounted extra bumper and brake light

Below are pictures of what is up there and size of the opening.

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I leave mine on all the time. I ended up cutting a space in the door so the hitch can stay in place with the door always on. Also remounted the trailer 7-pin connector to it mounted to the bottom panel and is always accessible. And links with extensions to the chain mounting points. So no need ever to open the door.

Similar to what was done here:
Draw-Tite Aftermarket Receiver Package
 
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In an accident it is actually better not to have the hitch in. The bumper is designed to dissipate the energy during an accident. The hitch is rigid will transfer the energy directly into the frame of the car which can lead to more damage and shock inside the cabin. It also acts as a battering ram to the car behind.
 
In an accident it is actually better not to have the hitch in. The bumper is designed to dissipate the energy during an accident. The hitch is rigid will transfer the energy directly into the frame of the car which can lead to more damage and shock inside the cabin. It also acts as a battering ram to the car behind.
You can use one of these absorption hitch bumpers as well.
Considering hitch mounted extra bumper and brake light
 

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