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Old 05-27-2012, 03:13 AM   #1
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When hitching up solo it can take a number of adjustments of pulling forward and backing up to get the truck in the right spot. I have a great backup camera so I can get close to the coupler but the depth is misleading. I need to figure out how to mark the hitch and coupler as a guide - does anyone have any ideas?

Today I couldnít get the slider to return to the down/close position. I started questioning what I was doing and where I was going wrong. Then I remembered reading here to pull forward slightly so that the hitch ball is at the front of the coupler instead of the rear. I gently eased forward & felt the ball connected. After this I had no problem getting the slider down into position for locking.

Thanks to this website I now have a better understanding. In the past I would become confused as the steps for hitching and disconnecting would become muddled when things didnít go as planned. I'm the type that will start exploring and end up confused.

Take care!
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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I didnt have a backup camera ..my driveway has a pitch ? slope ?? after almost 1/2 hour of attempting to "hook up" My TT.. i ended up buying a 5th wheel and LOVE IT !! I look over my shoulder... out the trucks back window .. and can see what i am doing !! i usually have a little height adjustment to do with the front electric jacks...but... no big deal !! usually done with everything in 5 mins or less ..and.. i like the way it pulls down the freeway better than the TT.. non of that rear end wagging back and forth ... wish i had more advice for you ,, GOOD LUCK !!!
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:02 AM   #3
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I don't have a backup camera (yet), but a pair of tennis balls on telescopic rods, mounted to magnets.

One gets stuck to the top of the ball on the TV, the other to the top of the TT hitch. Look in the rearview mirror and match the position of the balls. When the one on yout TV hitch falls off, you are perfectly positioned.

Has been amazing for myself and DW!

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Old 05-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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you need balls

this is what I use and the work great.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:29 AM   #5
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1 of the telescopic tennis ball alignment rods on my hitch shank, and a mirror on my trailer does the job.

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The mirror mount in my trailer tongue also doubles as my flagpole mount.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:26 AM   #6
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When hitching up solo it can take a number of adjustments of pulling forward and backing up to get the truck in the right spot. I have a great backup camera so I can get close to the coupler but the depth is misleading. I need to figure out how to mark the hitch and coupler as a guide - does anyone have any ideas?

Today I couldnít get the slider to return to the down/close position. I started questioning what I was doing and where I was going wrong. Then I remembered reading here to pull forward slightly so that the hitch ball is at the front of the coupler instead of the rear. I gently eased forward & felt the ball connected. After this I had no problem getting the slider down into position for locking.

Thanks to this website I now have a better understanding. In the past I would become confused as the steps for hitching and disconnecting would become muddled when things didnít go as planned. I'm the type that will start exploring and end up confused.

Take care!

awesome! I do this everytime for easy hitching up
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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I also use the tennis ball method when the DW is not around Purchased at a discount tool supply store.

My New truck also has an audible backup sensor (no camera) that gives a heads up as to how close I am. Keeps you from doing anything stupid...
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:01 AM   #8
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Terier, you can find those telescoping magnets locally @ Harbor Freight tools. There is one in Fontana off Sierra or one next to Montclair plaza.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:39 AM   #9
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I have those tennis ball thing but can't seen to get the thing to stand straight on the coupler. It wants to keep falling to one side. How do you get a flat magnet to sit on top of a round coupler?
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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I painted the ball section of the hitch white and the top of the coupler white as you can see in the convex mirror. One stab backing up and coupler is over the hitch ball. No pain, no strain. Mirror was permanently mounted off tongue jack.
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