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Old 12-27-2015, 03:04 PM   #71
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Backup up camper with the DW's help is the number cause of divorce in the RV community. Don't do it!

Congress needs to mandate pull thru rv camping spots nationally.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:20 PM   #72
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Backup up camper with the DW's help is the number cause of divorce in the RV community. Don't do it!

Congress needs to mandate pull thru rv camping spots nationally.
That is one of a three way tie. The other two are, canoeing and setting up a tent.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:44 PM   #73
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I have gone from, " I can't understand directions from a statue" to "I have never flown off an aircraft carrier' to "Yes, dear, but I just want to see for myself." Thankfully, DW will not sleep in a tent or get in a canoe. Safe there!
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Old 12-27-2015, 05:06 PM   #74
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My first trip, I asked the DW to get out and watch out, she walked behind the TT. I stopped, got out, and walked behind the TT and just stared at her. Her response was "What? I was giving you the thumbs up!".

When I came back down to earth, I explained that we have to be able to see each other in the mirrors to communicate.

It took a few trips working my best to avoid using a spotter that was on my skill level. I got a lot better fast and so did our trips together.

She now says she worries about me traveling and parking without her.

My blood pressure is constant now. Just took practice.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:24 PM   #75
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Well after careful consideration... if we end up with a travel trailer that long for my situation, the cheapest and easiest is to get a front mount hitch receiver. For 200 it is always with me for any situation. I never considered it until all of you chimed in with your thoughts and this is the one that fit my needs best. You guys (and gals) are great!
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:44 AM   #76
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You always back in slightly unhook, change truck angle and finish backing too. You would not need to set up wdh for that.
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PenJoe too funny! I can't see the advantage of a front hitch with a house in front of me and my mirrors the wrong way (yikes!)... For an open trailer or boat maybe. Not to mention max weigh would be about 500# and my TW might be over 1200#. Someone has to 'splain it slower. I'd need one of those ground guides!
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:15 PM   #78
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Wolf Whistle,

Go visit a large RV dealer and you will see them moving huge TTs with a forklift with the hitch on the front. You can see surprisingly well. You no longer need your mirrors because you can see everything looking forward.

The pivot point is shortened by a lot between the front axles and front-mounted hitch compared to the front axle and rear hitch.

You're only using this method for the last 100 yards or less to get it right where you want it, so most people are not overly concerned about effect on payload while moving 2 mph for 5 min. The weight is on the steer axles, so there is no adverse affect on steering for having the added TW on the front of the truck.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:23 PM   #79
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I've been moving trailers around my property with a front mounted hitch for years. And many trailers much bigger and heavier than the typical travel trailer. Nothing could be easier. You still might need spotters, but if you have a wireless camera on the rear of the trailer, NOTHING could be easier. You simply "drive" the trailer into the spot you want.

If you have a girly man TV, this might not work. But with any good sized "manly" truck, you can easily put 1000+ pounds on a front hitch to move a trailer around at 2mph.

And a front mounted hitch also works great for:
Removable Winch
Bike Rack
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BBQ Grill
Machinist Vise
Removable Rifle Rest
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Removable Snow Plow
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"Manly truck" and post pic of a Dodge. Too funny!
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