Pool Noodle as Trailer Hitch Cover

Protect your knees when completing pre-fishing tasks

Use a pool noodle with a zip tie to cover the trailer hitch.Illustrations by Steve Sanford

James Victory, of Ocean Springs, Maryland, sent us this DIY tip for using pool noodles for a trailer hitch.

"With so many tasks to perform during the early-morning ritual of getting ready to go fishing, it’s easy to forget that the perfectly placed trailer hitch sits just about knee level. I dealt with this potentially painful situation by sliding a split pool noodle over the hitch and zip-tying it around the drawbar, leaving the part around the ball free to open for hitching up."

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