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Old 03-31-2011, 04:49 PM   #29
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Back up camera for me. I love it.

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:50 PM   #30
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Hitching solo

Sheesh! We've barely learned to hitch with teamwork. Do we have to do it solo?

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Old 05-13-2011, 05:37 PM   #31
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It usually takes me 3-4 times average
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #32
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It usually takes me 3-4 times getting out to look where the hitch ball is to back up and hitch my truck with no camera, no tricks, and solo. On a good day I will back my truck up 2 times to hitch it up.

It just takes practice to know how to back it up close. Granted I've been backing up trailers since I was 13 and I'm 32 now so I've had experience. I have towed boats as well hitching them up an average of 2 times a week for almost ten years.

When I take a look where the hitch ball is I make a mental note how far it is and when I back up I keep the door open and just estimate how far I've gone. Practice makes perfect. Just a great excuse to hitch up the trailer more.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #33
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Use wheel chocks on the trailer and put a couple behind your tow rigs rear wheels before disconnecting. You can put a couple of markers under your door to align with the trailer. Line up with the side markers and back up to the chocks... and you are there. Also you can get a back up cam for the R. lic. plate bracket for 100 bucks and point it at your hitch. Works great.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #34
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I drag my shoe in the dirt to make a mark just outside my door, to judge distance moved...lots of in and out.

I like the idea of a back up camera.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:11 PM   #35
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Ive got an EZ Hitch Align...plate mounts below ball and has two holes in it. You grab the metal "V" drop it into the fixed mount, back into the trailer tongue and presto! You're all lined up. Lower the trailer hook everything up, grap the "V" and chuck it into the back of the truck. I use it for everything I tow and dont have to ask for help hooking her up.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #36
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:07 PM   #37

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Reese Two Balls and Sticks Hitch Aligner Review Video | etrailer.comthis
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:39 PM   #38
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I have a good idea where Bambi's hitch is...then Max (the tow vehicle) has back-up sensors that beep and I am used to when Max stops beeping and goes to solid buzz, I'm within 11", then I ease it in...hey...that a hook up.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #39
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I usually just "know",it's kind of an acquired talent. I've found it takes more time and raises the blood pressure if I have help.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #40
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I have a ProPride Hitch and a camera on the back of my F-350, takes me minutes, very, very, very easy.....

Yea - I use the extra set of eye's for backing up - but to hitch, I'm solo, less stress, and like I said, with the built-in camera of the F-350 and ProPride, piece of cake.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:28 PM   #41
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Tennis balls on antennae, as mentioned several times, are GREAT!

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:45 PM   #42
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I also do it solo. Also, I spray a little silicone or wd40 on the ball and the locking lever. It seems to help the 2 to mate and lock a little easier.


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