Hitch Receiver Covers: That Personal Touch

By: Burke Jones

Some people think that tow hitch receivers are there to receivethe hitch for towing. To them, the receiver without the hitch isa vacant space preferably with an unassuming cover over it tokeep out dust and dirt. Other people see the gap as anopportunity for creative expression.

Now, the dark horse of towing is hardly likely to expresshimself on a tow hitch cover. This man is a mystery, and theblack rubber plug protecting his receiver is an enigmaticreflection of that. What do you know about a man with a blackrubber tow hitch cover? Nothing. And he likes it that way. Thisman keeps to himself at tailgaters. It is hard to tell whichteam he supports, if he does, in fact, support any.

This man will not be invited to join the festive bunch of teamsupporters good naturedly fighting over whose collegiate hitchreceiver cover is the triumphant one. Now, collegiate hitchcovers, at around $20 each, offer more variety than you wouldordinarily imagine. There are the classic team names on plainblack enamel backing for the college team supporter who likesclean lines and will one day live in a sparsely furnished loftin a sophisticated urban environment.

Then there are the college logos in raised three-dimensionaldesigns that portray the team animal in an intense splash ofcolor against a heavy metal or pewter background. Tailgaterswith these logos are unabashedly competitive. They thrive on it.They search for receiver covers that are as provocative aspossible and guaranteed to lure the ill-fated competition out ofits lair.

Tailgaters with military hitch receiver covers form an orderlygroup on the far side of the parking lot, well away from thecollege rabble-rousers. These vehicle owners are comfortablearound authority, precision and order in any form. Theirreceiver hitch covers portray their air force, marines, army ornavy loyalties without beating around the bush.

They're straightforward, dependable types who like hitch coversthat are constructed out of durable materials symbolizing thequalities central to their beliefs. Military hitch covers aredesigned for maximum strength and usability out of non-corrosivemetal alloys with a weather hardened enamel colorfill. They arewell made and serious and have little in common with aneighboring group of tailgaters.

This group is comprised of strong individualists that believethat their tow hitch covers should reflect their convictions aswell as attract attention. Their hitch covers are all completelydifferent. Some portray chrome eagles in flight, others sinisterskulls with eyes that light up. There are mythical creatureslike dragons, cobras and emblems like the solid Maltese cross.

Another group of tailgaters take rugged individualism a stepfurther. They never buy anything from the regular outlets. Theirhand crafted tow hitches have 'custom' written all over them ininvisible letters. Typically they are happy to pay more for theprivilege of being truly unique. Some hitch covers bearphotographs of loved ones, company logos or favorite phrases inpersonalized lettering, colors and designs. Others are moldedout of superior quality chrome and shaped into graceful animalscaught in motion. There is the image of the delightful, askewouthouse with tethered horse dressing up a receiver hitch aswell as an elegant sailboat in full sail, and bull riders,cowboy hats and numerous others.

Hitch receiver covers attract attention so it's worth the extramoney to buy the locking device that stops them from wandering.As fashion statements go they don't cost as much as otherattention getting methods. Most quality covers made of aluminum,cast iron or metal alloy are available for anything from $20 to$30 with the truly classy ones out of almost indestructiblesteel coming in at just under $50.

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