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Old 07-21-2013, 08:55 AM   #11
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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Joe...you can remove that center headrest. That's one of the first things I did after I got my truck. Very annoying that thing is. I have it stored under the back seat in case I need it. That opens up the center view for you. I also have a folding tonneau cover that prevents me from seeing my hitch. But it has a center rubber thing to protect the rear window when it is folded up all the way. I use that to center on my kingpin. It works great.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:47 AM   #13
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Never having done this, I thought my bifold tonneau, when folded, therefore stacked up, would prevent any rearward visibility at a low angle. I like the racing stripe idea! The hitch goes in Wednesday. I'll see soon after - no pun intended.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #14
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Just go buy a 1/2" mount and paint the stick orange with a flag. Mount it in the center, then just aim for that in the center. Put a piece of tape on the rear window and just line them up when backing up. After you hitch up 2 hours later then remove the stick and go on your way. Alan it's easier to hook up a 5th wheel then a tag along by far. It sounds like you are starting to freak out here. You will get use to the size from what your pulling now, just remember the height difference and the turning radius. GO PRACTICE IN AN EMPTY LOT, BEFORE YOU HIT THE HIGHWAY> PS: make sure the lot is empty...
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Never having done this, I thought my bifold tonneau, when folded, therefore stacked up, would prevent any rearward visibility at a low angle. I like the racing stripe idea! The hitch goes in Wednesday. I'll see soon after - no pun intended.
Hopfully ..you should be able to turn and look back thru your rear window at the "U" on the top of the hitch and back straight towards the "pin" ..slow...easy... &.. steady..until a inch or 2 from contact..i will usually get out and then adjust the front jacks if necessary ..
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #16
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Joe...you can remove that center headrest. That's one of the first things I did after I got my truck. Very annoying that thing is. I have it stored under the back seat in case I need it. That opens up the center view for you. I also have a folding tonneau cover that prevents me from seeing my hitch. But it has a center rubber thing to protect the rear window when it is folded up all the way. I use that to center on my kingpin. It works great.
Thanks Ed. I have tugged and tugged and figured I had to live with it. I went out to the truck just now and poked around and found the section that has to be depressed. Success! Now, I'll be able to see what I am doing!
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Alan, if your getting a slider, it's a real easy solution. Hook up when in 'maneuver' position. The hitch is moved rearward enough to see it without difficulty.
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I also have a tonneau top that blocks mt view. I did the racing strip on the pin box, then took a small magnet, glued a 12" dowel to it, and stick it to the front of the fifth wheel. I painted the dowel white and when it's not needed it turns 90 degrees to the side out of the way.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:12 PM   #19
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I've got a mirror that hooks in the pin box that you can have and you can put a magnet on it if the hooks don't work. I don't use it anymore as I just line the pin box up with the rh side of the full length half of my hard tonneau cover I tow with.
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