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Old 04-19-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hitch Helper for old folks

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.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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Now THAT would come in handy.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:54 AM   #3
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Very nice!
I've seen where some have stuck a mirror right on the front cap.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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Dunnnc.....is the bracket magnetic?? I was trying to do the same thing. But my hitch on the 5vr has a fiberglass cover. Was thinking suction cups?? I have a short bed, I can't see the 5 wheel in the truck bed from the drivers seat.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:08 AM   #5
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Not magnetic, I bent a pc of 3/8" dia rod into a "U" and cut it in two and welded ea. "J" on the plate so it sticks down thru the holes in the pinbox. Just tilt it, insert it in the holes and the wt of the mirror holds it in place. Will take close up showing the "J"s. Didn't think anyone would be interested in the details.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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Great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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Here are some closeups, hope they help.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #8
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Using the mirror is a great idea. Don't have a 5er but I am thinking of a something similar that could be adapted to my Cherokee TT. Has anyone seen a commercially made product that contains a rod for elevation and a adjustable mirror to expose my wd hitch from the drivers seat. I use a Ford Expedition as my pulling vehicle. I have been using the telescoping rods with the tennis balls on top so far, which get me close, but still have to make those final few (moving) adjustment to get it right. Visually seeing the hitch is better. Maybe even something that suction cups to the hatch window.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:53 AM   #9
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This is what I used on my tt, it had a magnetic base and I decided to just leave it on the tongue, so I added a bracket that screwed to the jack to make sure it stayed in place but was still removable. The magnet sat on a flat plate to provide a surface large enough for the magnet and was bolted to the jack mount. You will notice a container to the right for the Bargman plug to keep rain out of the end and a rod on the left that held the tube for the overcenter latches.
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Dude, that is awesome. Since I have the folding bed cover, it sits up too high to see the hitch, even when I can manage to twist my neck that far. Plus the full rear seat of the crew-cab. I have an old mirror (an old extension mirror from my TT and SUV towing days). I think that would work perfect! Thank you for this idea. I know have a weekend project!
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