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Old 03-31-2011, 01:54 PM   #15
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It's easier with a propride hitch because you don't have to worry about overshooting the way you do with a ball. I always hitch solo.

The magnetic ball thingies work very well and save a lot of trouble and trips out of the driver's seat.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:10 PM   #16
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My truck has a backup camera as part of the navigation system. If that wasn't part of the truck, I would have added a backup camera. It is well worth the investment if only in terms os avoided frustration and arguments.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:25 PM   #17
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I am saving for the camera, but for now, on the cheeper side this is what I use.

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Yes, I use the balls too. Absolutely no problem.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:34 PM   #18
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I don't have the balls for backing.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:39 PM   #19
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I always hook up alone - much easier to maintain domestic harmony .....

.... and I use the GOAL method (Get Out And Look). The only real secret is getting out early enough to make sure you are lined up properly from the get-go - as long as I've done this early enough it would be rare to have to get out more than 3 times. I also use a hitch-helper which does any necessary side-to-side fine tuning.

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:51 PM   #20
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I hitch up by myself a lot. Mostly I line the TV up with the trailer using the driver's side mirror. I know how much of the side I should see when it is following me down the road. When I think I'm within a foot, I hop out and check the remaining distance and allignment. If it is only a short distance, I leave the driver's door open and pick a reference point on the ground to measure the distance I have to back up. I can usually get there with only one or two visits to the back of the TV.
Me too. I'm better without help!

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:12 PM   #21
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Solo. Like someone said, better for the domestic harmony. When DW is happy, everybody is happy. Sal.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:36 PM   #22
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Howdy!

I posted here since you hitch up your Airstream solo all the time anyway. I have enough problems hitching the AS up with the help of my LW. What tricks do you use to help you hitch up by yourself.

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There is a yellow rod that some people use to hitch up their trailers. These rods are found in camping and trailer stores. I don't know the official name for it. For me, my TV comes with a backup camera. I can hitch it up in a jiffy with it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:45 PM   #23
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The "tennis balls on an antenna" hitch up tool works great. Reese makes them but Harbor Freight has a generic version. Now that I have hitched my trailer many times, I don't use them much. I put a very small piece of orange duct tape on the inside of the tailgate on my truck to mark the exact center line above the ball. That gets me very close and usually just a quick tweak and I am lined up.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:09 PM   #24
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I hitch up by myself a lot. Mostly I line the TV up with the trailer using the driver's side mirror. I know how much of the side I should see when it is following me down the road. When I think I'm within a foot, I hop out and check the remaining distance and allignment. If it is only a short distance, I leave the driver's door open and pick a reference point on the ground to measure the distance I have to back up. I can usually get there with only one or two visits to the back of the TV.
Yep, that's the way I do it too. Most times, two or three trips to check and I'm perfect. I do have a Hensley Hitch helper - that will actually move the trailer left or right by over 4 inches to make side to side adjustments, but most times I can drop the hitch on the ball without adjusting. I usually over back be an inch - then adjust and am an inch too far out for the meeting of the components.!

Of course the tighter the timeframe... the more attempts it takes.

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On the new TV they mounted a camera offset by 9" from centerline (my last one was in the tailgate handle dead center) It's a pain, I'm better quessing without it. So this weekend it comes off and will be mounted closer to center

Maybe I should use the balls, camera, magnifying glass, some tape too
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:42 PM   #26
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I put a piece of duct tape on the inside of tailgate (near the top) of truck, which I line up with center seam of the trailer's front window when I'm backing. It gets me close. Then when I'm within a couple feet I get out and look, and make any minor corrections at that point. I may not nail it every time immediately but usually can get it in a couple of minutes.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:27 PM   #27
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I just open the rear door, fold down the seat back and I can see the hitch and the ball.
I'm so pleased to read that someone does this too. Of course, if the minivan is filled with stuff, it doesn't work so well.

Really hard to beat a rearview camera with a big dashboard screen with a line right down the middle showing that you're lined up on the tongue...

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:28 PM   #28
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I also use the tape method (I use elect tape on the tale gate) and with my tv's backup warning (radar) system finding the distance ..so most times that gets me where I need to be the 1st time. As many have said I do not use the DW for hookup.. their are plenty of opportunities issues such as ..when we as a team.. back in to a site ...late at night.. in the rain etc.. to last a life time
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