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Old 02-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #99
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I expect I'll get there. I'm usually centered just fine, the second try is usually because I haven't got enough trust in where I think the hitch is in relationship to the rear end of the Jetta yet. Once I have that, I think it'll serve me well in general. I think it's always good to know where the edges of your vehicle are!
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #100
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I expect I'll get there. I'm usually centered just fine, the second try is usually because I haven't got enough trust in where I think the hitch is in relationship to the rear end of the Jetta yet. Once I have that, I think it'll serve me well in general. I think it's always good to know where the edges of your vehicle are!
That's why I like the tennis ball system. You know exactly where you are. I just wait until the one on the ball wiggles and stop instantly. Plus using the rod to measure exactly how high you need to jack up the tongue makes sure I am going to clear it when I back under it. Can't judge that by the height of the front trailer wheel extension since it varies depending on the levelness of the ground. Also, I have my spare jeep tire on the back, so I feel more secure using the indication of the tennis ball. Too bad there isn't a similar system for backing the trailer. But I guess that skill will come with practice. Hopefully I don't learn it the hard way.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #101
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TBH, no, you don't know exactly where you are -- you know where the tennis balls are. My dealership's point was that I needed to learn precisely where the edges of my vehicle were at all times. GOAL isn't superseded by this, of course--the good pro truck drivers still get out and look, and they're usually quite good at knowing where their edges are.

It's easier and faster initially to use them, of course, but they don't help you learn your vehicle, which is my goal. Not saying it has to be everyone's!
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #102
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This helps get it rite the first time with the Hensley....

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #103
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I just open the the tailgate on the tahoe which kind of gives me a huge rear camera. I have a hensley so I leave the height figured out and I hit it most times on the first try.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:57 AM   #104
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I have a Chevy Avalanche with the backup camera, I can do this by myself, takes a bit of practice. But a buddy of mine recommends the Quick Bite. He and his wife are fulltimers, but they love this device and it works really well. It is on my shopping list right now. Lippert Components, Inc Shopping Cart
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:49 PM   #105
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The Suburban came with a backup camera that displays on the nav screen. It means that even a total newbie like me can do it on the first try... and that's with the kids screaming and/or watching tv in the back.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #106
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If you don't have a backup camera you can purchase one. Some are quite inexpensive (I think I paid less than $70) and easy to install, usually they attach to the license plate frame. I painted the ball receiver on the trailer white so it would show up on the camera. Works really well.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:26 PM   #107
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This is the B/U camera I use - works great
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:15 PM   #108
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I hitched and unhitched about 50 times since April. I am alone 90%!of time, i have a packed car which leaves me with just side mirrors. My quickest hitch was four times in and out of car to check....my record 22 times...i don't get flustered, just work thru the steps so it is all done in a safe way. I never chit chat with anyone while I hitch either, I like to keep focused.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:44 PM   #109
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Our prior ASs had Reese hitches and I hitched solo using the GOAL method. I could get quite close by aligning centerline points on the TV with the center of the propane locker. Final approach was with the driver's door open and site how much further back I needed to go.

Sometimes I got in and out a couple times, other times it might six or seven (most often when it was raining).

Our new AS has a Hensley which is a lot more demanding. The GOAL approach still worked, but it was almost always 5 or more times out of the TV to check alignment.

Now I use the iBall. Inexpensive and easy to use. As a bonus, even with my 31' Classic, I can use it to back into a campsite. It's not large HD video screen, but it gets the job done.
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I have a backup Cabrera now. No sweat. Before I had a backup camera I would back with equal amount of trailer visible in my rear view mirror on the left and on the right to get the hitch ball centered to the coupler. A good way to judge this was the inside edges of the rock guards and the sides of the front window of the trailer. To get an idea of when to stop while backing is to remember where in relationship to your propane tank cover the top edge of the tailgate is (just below the black lid) in your rear view mirror. I could get it pretty close only having to move one way or the other a few inches. The backup camera makes you get it right the first time every time. Just back until the ball disappears under the coupler in your monitor.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:05 AM   #111
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That is almost exactly what I do. It is really pretty easy once you do it enough to get a baseline on what things should look like. I would add, whenever in the least bit of doubt, get out and look!
Same here. I line the truck up to the front of the trailer as it looks going down the road. I don't have a backup camera in the TV, but it does have proximity sensors front and rear. Judging from how they sound I can tell how close I am, most of the time :P

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Old 09-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #112
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I have the camera on my tow vehicle. works like a charm and I travel and hitch by myself
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