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Old 02-13-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Paint your coupler?

Hi, my new F-150 has a back up camera and yesterday was the first time to try it out as I'm trying to set-up my hitch. It think it will be great even though I will need to get used to it before I can just back up and hitch. I think the end of the coupler needs to be painted with something of high visibility. But should it be RED, YELLOW, ORANGE, or what. The Airstream gray just doesn't show up in the camera. It's too close to concrete driveway color. What is your experiences with this and what is the best color to use? Green would not work if you park on grass ETC.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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Try either white or the reflective yellow. I tried the yellow and that seems to work okay. I painted just the forward looking part of the square lip of the PPP trailer opening and put a 4" strip of white tape on top of the stinger. Shows up well in the truck's reverse camera.


The tape has to be replaced often on the top surface of the stinger.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:32 PM   #3
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I painted my coupler a brite orange. It all but disappeared in the shade. It is now easily seen in the camera.
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Old 02-14-2015, 04:08 AM   #4
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Due to my RockTamer flap installation hiding the lower light from my first auxiliary rear lights, I added another pair on top of the Curt hitch bar either side of the stinger to throw more light when hooking up in the shade or in the dark.
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You all could mount a single "bulb" LED from the truck catalog at coupler front. Or a piece of conspicuity tape.
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My Chevy Avalanche"s camera worked well in shade and at night but was worthless for hitching in bright sun. It would seem to need a contrast adjust fix, but I could never find any means to adjust it. I tried Orange paint. It worked well but looked so ugly that I had to take it off. I now go with a strip of duck tape. The universal solution.
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I'm glad to hear it's not just me. I like the duct tape solution - it's even available in several colors!
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