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Old 07-11-2006, 01:22 AM   #1
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Thats how it looks in reverse! I've found I aways hookup my trailer without a second set of eyes and magnetic backup rods for around 20 bucks really make it easy-store them in your bumper----Darrell
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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That's what I call them. My back up skills are lacking, no matter how much practice I get. My wife gets frustrated with the back up drill, and I am no help. These rods have made all the difference and make the hookup MUCH EASIER.
They are cheap but can also be made for little or no cost. You can get good magnets from old computer hard drives and the rod at HD is pennies per foot.
Save the marrage, save the bumper, save the AS, save my tag, what else do I need to say.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:00 AM   #3
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How about some pics of the set up with a little illustration how to fabricate...Thx!
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:38 AM   #5
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Azflycastor-I tried that mirror / It didn't work for me. It is suppose to work on a suburban , but I could never get it to stay on. Looks perfect on a tailgate though. Darrell
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Azflycaster-I tried that mirror / It didn't work for me. It is suppose to work on a suburban , but I could never get it to stay on. Looks perfect on a tailgate though. Darrell
It is supposed to suction cup to windows on a SUV, but it looks weak. I would recomend it for a PU truck.
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:50 AM   #7
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I use this mirror I bought at CW.
I have used this mirror on the back window of my Sprinter van with some success. The only problem is the mounting distance from the ball, which is over 4 feet on a Sprinter. Kind of makes the ball a little small in the mirror, but it gives you a good idea of where you are. The suction cups hold well on the rear glass window if you wet them a touch before applying. Also, be sure that your glass is clean!

My ultimate solution is a mini back-up camera system with a 5" flat screen moniter. Just got the parts and hope to have it installed in a week or so. I'll post pics when it is done.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:30 PM   #8
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Look at this ad in Camping World. This is what I use and they work great. I have not made any but the materials are easy to get from HD.
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:02 PM   #9
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Clancy boy--That is what I have and they are the best -light weight strong magnet and easy to see. When you back and tap the rod on the trailer you're home! Darrell
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I too usually need help lining up my hitch to the ball.
I though of mounting two inexpensive laser pointers on the left & right sided of my trailer. To set-up this system: 1.) I would first get my rig lined-up, and my hitch just above the ball; 2.) align the lasers to focus on a target mounted on my windshield (or somewhere).
When the two beams come together and intersect at the target’s center, my rig should be aligned and all I would have to do is jack up the ball to mate with the hitch.
Does that sound reasonable? Has anyone tried it?
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Yes, in 1943, Barnes Wallis used a similar system with two light beams to position the Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron, British Bomber Command, at the correct height to drop the "Blockbuster" bouncing bombs which breached the Moehne and Eder dams in Germany. The bombs were launched with a back-spin, and they were designed to bounce across the water (think skimming flat stones on the ocean while at the beach). When the bomb hit the dam parapet, the back-spin rolled the bomb down under water to a prescribed depth, when the pressure would set off the bomb. Two lamp beams pointed down from opposite wings, and when the beams coincided on the water's surface, the Lancasters were at the correct, very low, height. So you can see you are in distinguished company!
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Old 07-12-2006, 04:49 PM   #12
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I use this mirror I bought at CW.
I bought the same mirror at CW and ended up throwing it away for 2 reasons:
  • The image is so small because of the convex mirror that it is nearly useless.
  • I store my unit under cover and the hitch point is alwayd in the shade so that it practically disappears in the mirror.
I have a rolling bed cover. For hooking up with the truck and trailer aligned, I keep my head still and in the rear view mirror, line up the knob on the bed cover with the center of the level on the trailer. I can pretty well judge the distance, but if I lightly nudge the trailer, I simply open the door and look at the ground to judge how far to roll forward.

For hooking up at an angle, I make a preliminary guess, get out to check, and usually hit it on the second try.
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Hitchin' Rods

My good friend "ZoominC6" gave me a set of these:
http://www.qwks.com/Hitchin-Rods-p-2.html

Very easy to see and use!
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:24 PM   #14
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OK. This is not a 'rod' but a mirror. I use it whenever my wife doesn't want to help hitching up. Works great. However, I need to mark my tongue and hitch better (or clean them) so I can see some contrast. It beats the unknown hand signals I get when I am being 'assisted'.

http://www.seeyourhitch.com/
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