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Old 07-06-2011, 05:22 PM   #11
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No trouble today with unhitching thanks to your directions. I think the major problem was due to being in park with the brake on.

There's hope for me yet
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:03 PM   #12
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Along with a couple of alignment rods, this helps me during the hook-up procedure:

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:16 PM   #13
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It's been a bitch for me also, to get unhitched.

It seems the ball gets 'stuck' in the coupler and I actually have to jump on the bumper to get it to release.

Never tried putting it in neutral though......
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Maybe cuz I come from a family of ranchers etc but never in my life have I found it difficult to hitch up or unhitch. If trailer doesn't unhitch just jump on truck bumper. Simple as that. It's also good to have your mechanical parts well lubricated.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:12 AM   #15
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It's been a bitch for me also, to get unhitched.

It seems the ball gets 'stuck' in the coupler and I actually have to jump on the bumper to get it to release.

Never tried putting it in neutral though......
Try neutral (no brake) and let me know if it work for you or not.


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Maybe cuz I come from a family of ranchers etc but never in my life have I found it difficult to hitch up or unhitch. If trailer doesn't unhitch just jump on truck bumper. Simple as that. It's also good to have your mechanical parts well lubricated.
My helper(s) have bounced on the SUV bumper but it was still not an easy task to unhitch. With some 7 or 8 foot and/or ankles surgeries behind me this is not really an option for me to do myself.


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Along with a couple of alignment rods, this helps me during the hook-up procedure:
I almost brought that hitching mirror but the lady at CW talked into the hitching rods instead. While the rods are a bit of hit or miss they do help if I am backing up by myself. I usually end up about a inch off the mark until I can determine my slightly off center alignment view.

Tell me about using the mirror. Can you see it in the rearview mirror and can you see how close you really are?

When I get a TV for my trailer it will have towing mirrors and a backup camera.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:40 AM   #16
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To line up to the trailer ball, I don't use any gadgets and hit it center almost every time.

When pulling the trailer straight I have learned the width of the trailer verses the back of my truck and how it looks in my mirrors. When I back the up towards the trailer I first make sure that I am strait on, then I line up the spots as I am used to seeing them in the mirrors and I can usually put the trailer ball dead center in front of the hitch. I do use one of my kids to stop me when the trailer ball is directly under the hitch, but they never have to direct me left or right.

I think the key to all this is I always use ONLY the mirrors when backing towards the trailer, I never look over my shoulder, if I do, I will miss.
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I almost brought that hitching mirror but the lady at CW talked into the hitching rods instead. While the rods are a bit of hit or miss they do help if I am backing up by myself. I usually end up about a inch off the mark until I can determine my slightly off center alignment view.
Tell me about using the mirror. Can you see it in the rearview mirror and can you see how close you really are?
The mirror works well. I will line up the mirror before pulling the truck into position......I try to figure out exactly where my inside review mirror will be. Usually I don't have to adjust the mirror up or down, as I have the tongue about the same height every time.

My unit is home made. I posted in a thread here: A Couple of Mods

I started with a convex mirror, but image was too small. The problem with the flat mirror is that I have to have it pretty much on the mark beforehand, or I will still have to get out of the truck to adjust.

I still use 1 hitching rod on the hitch shank. I use the mirror as the alignment for the trailer, and "allow" for the slight offset. Once I see the hitch ball in the mirror, then I can make small side to side adjustments as needed.
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