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Old 07-26-2011, 09:01 AM   #57
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #58
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Actually I'm just kidding about being good. I have been thinking about the balls on stems with magnetic base found at Camping World and on line also. However I usually dont have to exit more than twice to get hitched.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:34 PM   #59
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Practice. I guarantee within ten hookups you'll be doing it effortlessly.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:17 AM   #60
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..... PUT THE TWO BALLS together and WA LA you are there.
Thats why we got the no ball ones from CW....

DW couldn't concentrate when it was her turn to "hook-up".
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:48 PM   #61
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I actually did think of one of the little tricks I use to hitch up. Set the tongue up at the same level as the ball, i.e. so it won't slide over or under the ball. Back up in line with the tongue, and you'll feel the ball hit the tongue. Get out and raise the tongue just enough to clear the ball, and back up an inch and a half. Drop the tongue and you're good to go.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:21 PM   #62
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Our 2010 f150 has a built in back up camera , makes it an easy task . That camera has saved my marriage .
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:36 AM   #63
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So how about backing up solo?

So we have lots of suggestions for hitching up. Any input as to backing up into a site solo?
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:59 AM   #64
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So we have lots of suggestions for hitching up. Any input as to backing up into a site solo?
You could get a back up camera for your AS but if I can do it anyone can! I just get out of the TV a lot to make sure it's straight and that I'm not close to hitting Anything. Get used to using your mirrors!
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:08 AM   #65
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So we have lots of suggestions for hitching up. Any input as to backing up into a site solo?
I effectively do that every time since my wife is no help.

If you know where one side of the trailer is, you also know where the other side is. As you turn, watch the trailer wheels in the mirrors and put them where they need to be. Everything else will follow.

Whenever possible have the site on the driver's side so that you can see all of the service pedestals and water pipes. If you have the site on the passenger side and there are no "landmarks", throw a couple of leveling blocks or anything else easy to see along the intended path and then put the wheels alongside them.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:03 AM   #66
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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 have a small pop-up camper rental business, I have to hitch and move campers often. I thought this would be a great idea to quickly hitch up and move a camper. After a couple of shufflings and congratulating myself for thinking of this great idea I noticed the two vertical dents in the front of the campers from my back door. Now I have gone back to relying on my back up sensors and the intensity of the beep, works most of the time.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #67
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I am 99% of the time the one who hooks up to the TV to the trailer. I have found I can get with in a few inches, get out, adjust and ta da... done.
If the husband is around it seems to kill the domestic harmony and take longer. *rolls eyes* So I hook up by sending his butt in the house for something or I do it while he is at work
once you have enough practice you will have it down pat as well.
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So we have lots of suggestions for hitching up. Any input as to backing up into a site solo?
I have done a fair amount of solo camping and one cross country trip where I had to weave through tents to find my spot at Glacier National Park. My advice is to first have a thorough idea of what the site looks like before attempting to back in. Make note of obstructions, trees, and branches. I will often hang a red flag where I want to aim the side of the trailer. Next is to not be afraid or too proud to get out and look where you are going. I have saved myself many times from bashing into a tree or picnic table by getting out and walking in back of the trailer.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:07 AM   #69
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Innovation is the American way. I love the innovative ways mentioned here.
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I tried the magnetic telescoping yellow balls today-two of them telescope to about 3 ft. and have a magnet mounts.. They were very helpful, just glided into position, lined them up and backed up till the one on the ball started to tip.
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