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Old 04-20-2012, 08:00 PM   #31
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f1100turbo, are there holes in the front sloping surface of the pin box under the cover? If so, you might drill matching holes in the cover and insert a similar gadget like mine. I would definitely find a nice white plastic plug for the holes before attempting anything to mess up that cover. That is sharp!
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:44 PM   #32
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Getting old and it is hard to twist around and see the hitch, I decided to utilize the mirror I used on the tongue trailer, I built a removable bracket to make the 5th wheel hitch visible without having to twist around, all I do is just look in the rear view mirror.
Great project. We use our backup camera though. I really like this idea, would have been cheaper for us, lol. Wish we saw this sooner, .
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #33
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Great project. We use our backup camera though. I really like this idea, would have been cheaper for us, lol. Wish we saw this sooner, .
Well, a backup camera works great for a bumper pull trailer. But it's kinda out the window for a 5th wheel. Unless you have the camera up on your cab light or somewhere similar.

Anyway, I took this idea and made my own. Well, it's not made yet, but I have the main idea down. I had an old pair of slip on tow mirrors from my Mitsubishi Montero that have been hanging in the garage for 7 years. I have taken one of them and modified it very slightly. It's not as big as dunnc's, but actually works quite well. I just need to go to Home Depot and find something to attach to the mirror permanently that will fit in the two holes in the hitch pin.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:24 PM   #34
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here it is ! YOU know that you can buy them covers !
your dw wouldn't mind one mooooooore mod will she ?
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:35 PM   #35
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EdJunior, pictures please. Might want to change mine.
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Well, a backup camera works great for a bumper pull trailer. But it's kinda out the window for a 5th wheel. Unless you have the camera up on your cab light or somewhere similar.

Anyway, I took this idea and made my own. Well, it's not made yet, but I have the main idea down. I had an old pair of slip on tow mirrors from my Mitsubishi Montero that have been hanging in the garage for 7 years. I have taken one of them and modified it very slightly. It's not as big as dunnc's, but actually works quite well. I just need to go to Home Depot and find something to attach to the mirror permanently that will fit in the two holes in the hitch pin.
Your right about using the camera on the 5th wheel. What was I thinking?
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:37 AM   #37
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EdJunior, pictures please. Might want to change mine.
I'm going to Home Depot to try and find my "pieces" I need for the holes. I'll get some pics when I get it finished.

I do appreciate the idea.
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Well, here's what I ended up with. It's not the greatest, but it works, and I can just pull it out of the holes and store it away when I'm not using it. The mirror as I said above is an old tow extension mirror. I took the straps off and got the hose clamps to hold on a couple of 1/2" hitch pins. The fit pretty tight in the holes there, but I can still remove the whole thing.

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This is looking through my rear-view mirror. At this point my hitch is touching my hitch pin. It is dead center. I have another marker I can get close, then this mirror gets the final couple of inches that I can't see over my bed cover.

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Nothing at all wrong with that. Pretty clever using an old extension mirror. How do you like it? One less job for DW.
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