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Old 03-31-2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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Hitching up solo how do you do it?

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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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Old 03-31-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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My DW tries to help but I've found the Worldwide Merchandise Company - Wireless Rear View Hitch Camera - Backup Systems - Camping World rear view hitch camera to mitigate many instances of ill feelings
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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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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Old 03-31-2011, 12:25 PM   #4
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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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.
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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 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!
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
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x2 thats almost exactly what I do. (It also helps that Im 6' 235lbs and can manhandle the 19' a few inches easily enough to get the alignment juuust right.)
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:59 PM   #8
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x2 thats almost exactly what I do. (It also helps that Im 6' 235lbs and can manhandle the 19' a few inches easily enough to get the alignment juuust right.)
Try that with a 31 Classic
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:11 PM   #9
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I enjoyed the comment someone made about leaving the drivers door open and backing up the last few inches. Once when hitching up there was a tree stump sticking up just enough to catch the bottom of the open door and I whacked the drivers door right off! Neither my A/S or the tree stump (state property!) wasn't damaged! I suspect I will hear about that for the rest of my natural born days!
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:15 PM   #10
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I use a convex mirror that slips on the tailgate of my truck. The Cipa Fast Hitch Trailer Hookup Mirror. Sold by Amazon and others. Works well for me.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:16 PM   #11
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I bought a small wireless camera and mounted it on a flexible camera stalk with a suction cup base. I stick it to the tailgate pointed straight down at the hitch ball. When unneeded, I just hang it inside the rear window.

The cable is long enough that I can also use it as an auxilary review mirror, or to keep an eye on the grandkids in the rear seat.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:37 PM   #12
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I back to a wheel chock, same as backing a truck to a dock or a door. My goal is to achieve my goal within 6 tries. Lateral alignment requirement is +/- one inch from center.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:39 PM   #13
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if you have a laptop you can buy a cheap web cam and ext cable. mount it anyway on tail gate and see where you are as you back up.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:43 PM   #14
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I just open the rear door, fold down the seat back and I can see the hitch and the ball.
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