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Old 05-22-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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Seeing hitch in back up camera

My new TV has a back up camera which is great, but my eyes had difficulty determining the alignment with everthing black. With some masking tape and spray paint this marking made it much easier to see the alignment.
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:38 PM   #2
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I had the same problem but took the lazy way out. I hit the front of the coupler with a can of fluorescent green paint and the base of the ball with orange. Just a dot on each, but it's easier to see now.
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:57 PM   #3
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I just put a piece of duct tape on the hitch, but would like something a little more stylish.
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:27 PM   #4
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Either of those should help. I was surprised how difficult it was to see the alignment.
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I love my back up camera on my F250, never have any problem hooking up, I am slow anyway. I will try the tape method. I cannot imagine it being much easier.
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My problem was, in certain light conditions the shadows or glare would make it hard to tell what was hitch and what was coupler. Other times, no problems at all.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:19 PM   #7
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I love my back up camera on my F250, never have any problem hooking up, I am slow anyway. I will try the tape method. I cannot imagine it being much easier.
The camera on our F-150 sure helped with family dynamics when it came time to hitch up the trailer.
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My problem was, in certain light conditions the shadows or glare would make it hard to tell what was hitch and what was coupler. Other times, no problems at all.
That was the issue I had as well.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:52 AM   #9
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I wear a pair of those yellow leather work gloves when dealing with the WDH parts. I just lay them on top of the coupler. Gives me something non-black to aim at.
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Instead of using paint, I used two pieces of 3m reflective tape on my ProPride hitch. I mounted them like a "T". Now I have a better idea that the stinger is in the hitch far enough.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:02 PM   #11
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I have this problem as well. Thought about spraying some fluoescent spray on the coupler. My camera also has dashed lines on it that cover up where I'm trying to back into. I keep forgetting to see if there are some settings I can play with to turn the lines off.
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My Garmin GPS also doubles with a camera......once you're hitched up, it has adjustment lines where you can adjust each side to pinpoint the hitch........once set, the lines disappear, and it stays that way until you re-adjust the lines......so, once set you're good to go
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I painted the ball receiver safety yellow. I've done this with all of my trailers. I get asked all the time why. I see a lot of folks doing the same thing. Makes hook up much easier.
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I aim at the tongue jack under the hitch. Line the ball with the jack. I have distance reference lines on my TV camera and a line right across the top of the ball. So when the line is on top of the ball receiver, the ball is lined up. The reflector tape idea sounds really good, so I will give that a try for sure!
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Instead of using paint, I used two pieces of 3m reflective tape on my ProPride hitch. I mounted them like a "T". Now I have a better idea that the stinger is in the hitch far enough.
EXACTLY what I am planning. I already have red 3M tape on the stinger...



... and I am going to frame the socket with white tape.
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Good idea. Maybe a brighter color next time.

I have one for the bumper and also installed a camera in the bed for the fiver. Works great!
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:25 AM   #17
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This works for us. We have done this on 4 trailers. This is easy to see even in limited light.
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