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  • Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

    Until now my wife has had to help direct me, as I reverse the truck and ball under the trailer tow hitch. I would like to be able to do the "hook up" by myself and am wondering which is the best method.

    The trailer is too heavy for me to manhandle it over the ball.

    I have seen ads for the "V" shaped metal piece that "guides the trailer hitch over the ball" but this involves "nudging" the trailer back from its resting point. What I need is a system that allows me to line things up but not move the boat trailer until everything is hooked up.

    I am thinking of a flag system but does anyone have any suggestions on a relatively cheep way of doing this. Please!!!

    Thanks


  • #2
    Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

    I use a huge convex mirror that hangs on the tailgate. Costs like $20 from ********. Works great.

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    • #3
      Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

      there are flags, rods and the guide you mentioned on the market.
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      • #4
        Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

        Something like this? http://www.*******.com/*******/en/te...requestid=6703
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        • #5
          Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

          I'm guessing here that you don't have a wheeled tongue jack on your rig. If that's so, get one...makes it so much easier to move your rig around and hitch it up. If you do have one...nevermind.

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          • #6
            Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

            Another option is a backup camera. They now make models that can be fitted to existing vehicles.

            Although pricier than other suggestions here, it is something both you and your wife can use every time you put the truck in reverse. We have one (with Nav system that came with vehicle), and I can back that thing within a gnat's pubic hair of the target.
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            • #7
              Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

              http://hitchingguides.com/ now if you are like me an have a van, with swing doors these are useless. as the door post block them.
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              • #8
                Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                Harbor Freight has an inexpensive set up I bought several yrs. ago- telescoping poles with a red top. One goes on the ball and one on the receiver on the trailer, you line them both up and your are good to go. Since they telescope they easily store in the compartment between the seats of my truck.
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                • #9
                  Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                  tashadaddy's reply works well. I made my own using a wood dowel epoxied to a magnet (times 2). The length (height) of the dowels was dictated by sight.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                    My wife usually isn't around when I hook the trailer, so I just take my time and I can usually get the ball within a 1/2 inch of the trailer the first try. I don't use any aids to get it close. I can pretty much tell by looking how close the trailer is in the rear view mirror. Practice makes perfect!
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                    • #11
                      Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                      What I do is lean over to the center of the truck and then its a matter of lining it up with the center of the trailer. I have hooked up to mine 6 or 7 times alone, every time I do that, then hop out and see how far, then back it up and drop it on.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                        i would go with what td said. unless you dont want to buy anything then do what 642mx said just go slow and keep practicing.. my buddys hooked up his landscaping trailer so many times he gets in within a 1/4in now.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                          Yea save your money. It is pretty easy to get centered and distance is the difficult part at first. To get centered, I just look over my shoulder through the back window and align the center with bow of boat. Just raise your tongue up so if you overshoot the ball a bit, you have some room before the tongue hits your bumper and causes damage. You might have to get in and out of your truck several times as you creep closer, but you will get better.

                          Stop 6-12 inches from ball, adjusts left/right accordingly and creep back a bit and check again. Put on your ebrake to prevent that 1-2 inch roll after you place it in park. Before you know it, it will only take 2 or 3 ins and outs to get in centered and your hole in ones will become more frequent.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                            I did the in/out/in/out routine all last year. Worked OK. I did the "have the GF help me line up" method a few times. That took much longer as she totally doesn't have any spatial abilities, and I run into the truck, the trailer, the ditch, and sometimes the garage with her guiding me. This year I have a nice convex mirror I picked up at Napa, and a rubber band to hold it to the bow stop on the trailer. I can look in the rearview mirror, and watch the mirror on the bow stop, and in turn watch the ball close in on the hitch. You need to be somewhat decent at centering the truck to the trailer, but that comes really quick. Then use the mirrors to get the distance spot on!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Help with attaching trailer to truck ?

                              With a little trial and error it isn't hard to guide yourself on the trailer. Find a reference point to get centered, and then when you do get the thing lined up take a careful look before you actually drop the trailer on the hitch, that will help you get a visual reference for the correct distance. for example in my driveway the bowstop disappears behind the tailgate just as the ball goes under the trailer. You will want to get a couple such visual references, but it will get easier with experience.
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