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Old 01-27-2014, 07:19 AM   #121
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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.
That's how I do it. Backing straight in it is not much of a problem, but if you have to go in at an angle it is more difficult.
Two tips: 1. Expect it to take more time than hitching with an assistant, you may have to get out and look several times before you get it right. 2. Put the tongue jack on a piece of wood. It is easier to muscle the trailer the last few inches, if the foot is resting on a piece of wood.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #122
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I recall seeing a small adjustable base to place the jack foot on. It had a threaded adjustment that allowed perhaps 2-3" travel left / right so you just had to get the ball aligned close. Only saw it one time and don't know where you'd find them but I thought it was a cleaver solution to a common issue that we all contend with.

ME, I just struggle with the old fashioned way but I've gotten pretty good with the straight line alignment. At an angle, now that's a different story.
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To rodsterninfl, I use my hitch camera, similar to your Swift Hitch, when I'm putting our AS back in the nest. I set the camera on the ground behind the stopping point for the driver side tires, and as I back up I watch in the monitor as the tire heads for the camera. The learning curve is understanding how the steering wheel affects the tire as seen in the camera.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:39 PM   #124
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I suppose I've always had fairly good spacial orientation. Most of the time I could hitch with 2-5 attempts without a backup camera.

When I got the new Eddie Bauer and Ford Ecoboost - it came with a backup camera. And an "H" (Hard to Hitch Hensley). You don't know what "spoiled" means until you get your first backup camera. I didn't even find out that mine had 2 zoom settings until I'd had the truck for a couple of months. Putting matching paint stripes on the stringer and hitch helps too.

The last three times I got the Hensley hitched: 1 try, 2 tries, 1 try.

Oh How did I Ever survive without the backup camera?

SteveSueMac - spend the money for a backup camera - it'll cost FAR more to have the driver's seat reupholstered due to all of the excess wear - AND you'll get an extra half hour's head start on every trip. (46 Looks made me chuckle! Been there, done that... and it always happens on the coldest, rainiest most miserable days!) Not having to see the doctor for pnemonia - priceless!

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Old 01-27-2014, 05:09 PM   #125
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I have a Roll N Lock bed cover on my truck that has a release knob in the center at the back. As I back up to the trailer, using my inside rear view mirror, I line up the knob with the tongue jack and stop at a safe distance. I then get out and see if I am lined up, and how far it is to the hitch. I then hang my left foot near the ground, note a spot on the ground and back up until I think I am in the right place. It is amazing how much of the time the ball ends up right under the hitch. If not, I make what ever adjustment is needed, using the foot near the ground method.
Works for me when my wife is not there to help.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:13 PM   #126
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In both the Touareg, F-350 & 2500 that I now currently own, I've been lucky to utilize both a ProPride Hitch and OEM backup cameras as installed upon all three vehicles.

Zero drama hookups, even when the "little lady" is with me. What I do find helpful is when backing in and pulling out of a spot, the extra set of eyes of an outside observer keeps me in the cab.

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Old 01-27-2014, 06:00 PM   #127
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I saw a Touareg the other day-
When the guy turned the steering wheel some sort of cornering lamp came on- I thought that was cool-
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:32 PM   #128
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When the guy turned the steering wheel some sort of cornering lamp came on- I thought that was cool-
Yeah, we had those on our '78 Coupe Deville with those auto signals.

BTW, m.hony, I looked at an AS yesterday like yours. Nice.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:58 PM   #130
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Is there any other way to hitch up than solo?
Hi, solo hitching works better for me.
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Hitching up solo how do you do it?

Is there anyone using solo hitch mirrors? I am looking at something In the thirty dollar range and these seem to hook either to the truck tailgate or the hitch itself - anyone use either and can provide feedback on either airstream hitch mounting - or tailgate mounting on an f150?

What do you think about these two options?

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...l-finder/32410
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Is there anyone using solo hitch mirrors? I am looking at something In the thirty dollar range and these seem to hook either to the truck tailgate or the hitch itself - anyone use either and can provide feedback on either airstream hitch mounting - or tailgate mounting on an f150?

What do you think about these two options?

Hitch Ball Finder - Adjust-a-brush PROD412 - Mirrors - Camping World
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I use the first one you linked. It took a little fiddling the first couple of times to figure out the best place to put the magnetic base and how to aim the mirror to get it just right, but once I got the hang of that it's great for me. I hitched up yesterday in one shot, for example. I think the advantage over the tailgate-mounted one is that you have a target to shoot for when you're still far from the trailer, so there's less last-moment adjustment.
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Hitching up solo how do you do it?....... a lot easier when my BH doesn't help!
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If you have flag pole holder pur. same size pole as flag pole or use pole that you have, pur.convex mirror fasten to pole, works same as what camping world sells
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I use the first one you linked. It took a little fiddling the first couple of times to figure out the best place to put the magnetic base and how to aim the mirror to get it just right, but once I got the hang of that it's great for me. I hitched up yesterday in one shot, for example. I think the advantage over the tailgate-mounted one is that you have a target to shoot for when you're still far from the trailer, so there's less last-moment adjustment.

DKB --

Would you be willing to upload a photo close up of your hitch with the post secured in place -- my father and I are conversing as to if my hitch type on the Airstream is close enough to work correctly.

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Well, I suppose you could borrow someone's wife..?
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So many possible responses to that! But to avoid anything inflammatory, I'll leave it at, "…and give her back when you're done."
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Would you be willing to upload a photo close up of your hitch with the post secured in place -- my father and I are conversing as to if my hitch type on the Airstream is close enough to work correctly.

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I will try to remember to take a photo on Sunday when I hitch up again.
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Well, I remembered to take the photos but not to POST them. D'oh! I place the mirror where I can just barely see the coupler at the bottom of the mirror, but have a longer view of the approach path of the ball.

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