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Old 11-18-2006, 12:54 PM   #15
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I just think that two sticks is a more appropriate level of technology than a camera for judging the ball/coupler alignment. Seeing behind or past the trailer is another matter entirely, and I'm interested in a camera for that, too...it's just way down my to-do list!
Hi: Two sticks is an appropriate level of technology for starting your camp fire Ya gotta love those dual purpose tools Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:32 PM   #16
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Donna,

The one I have is a seeyourhitch, and this website is the same one.

I knew he stopped calling them seeyourhitch due to some legal name infringement.

Now he calls it The Hitch Up Mirror

even if is url is still seeyourhitch.com
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:45 AM   #17
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Old 11-25-2006, 08:33 PM   #18
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I use exactly the same method as Gerry, but since I drive a van I hook up with the tailgate open and use the latch as the "center of tailgate" mark.

[b]I just don't think the problem needs that much technology.
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(I like the idea of opening the tailgate, but by that time there is too much "Stuff" packed in the rear.)

[b]But, the overtechnologizing (huh?) bothers me too.
I tow with an Odyssey, just like Per does. I usually have to fetch the trailer from storage, and bring it to the house for the final load-out, just before departure.

With the rear hatch open, and the back of the van empty, , I can strech high in my seat, hook my arm around the seat back, look between the 2 mid-row bucket seats, and watch the coupler ball directly as I am backing toward the trailer. I then sight align the ball with the tongue jack as I am backing. My only error is in depth perception, and I usually over-shoot my target by about 3". I then use Gerry's method to compensate.

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Old 10-24-2010, 09:11 PM   #19
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Its been to late to save my bumper ...but I recently got
the EZ-Hitch Trailer Guide EZ-HITCH & EZ-WORKHORSE PRODUCTS - Home and
its been the best for my Casita.....I'd tried the mirrors and the sticks....but
never got centered perfectly.....with the guideplate type....it
gets me centered perfectly.....and no marital strife ... the video
on their website shows how it worked........
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:10 PM   #20
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I use a back up camera mounted next to my license plate.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:55 PM   #21
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I use a couple of "hitchin rods" I bought at camping world for about $16. I think they're fiberglass with magnets on the bottom. The length is right to support my front gravel guard since the air struts have gone to hitching heaven. You just put one on the hitch and one on the ball and back up until the one on the ball gets knocked off. It works perfectly, but they are a bit long:

I did see some really inexpensive collapsible ones at Harbor freight for maybe $10.

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We have a two part system that works well for us. I put two magnetic, telescoping rods with bright yellow balls on the hitch and ball. Then, we use a back-up camera that is part of the rear license plate surround. I can put the hitch and ball about 1 inch apart almost every time now. When cranked down, the hitch moves that inch toward the ball and all is good!
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Its been to late to save my bumper ...but I recently got
the EZ-Hitch Trailer Guide EZ-HITCH & EZ-WORKHORSE PRODUCTS - Home and
its been the best for my Casita.....I'd tried the mirrors and the sticks....but
never got centered perfectly.....with the guideplate type....it
gets me centered perfectly.....and no marital strife ... the video
on their website shows how it worked........
This works well for those that have a wheel on the front jack. Not so good for those with a foot pad. You could bend the jack or dig the foot pad into the asphalt/dirt.
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Hi: All...Gettin' hitched is only part of the equation. Stayin' hitched is the other!!! Make sure you test the connection thoroughly before tuggin' off to Buffalo.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:53 PM   #25
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The 2 large dog crates block the rear window of my SUV, so I installed a back up camera from Costco (less than $60) a couple of years ago.

I solo quite often. I use:
  1. the back up camera in conjunction with,
  2. the magnetic/tennis ball hitch mates from Harbor Freights (comes 2 to a package & usually on sale for under $10), and
  3. Hitch coupler device I got on the internet. Coupler Connect - Trailer Hook-Ups Made Easy

The back up camera allows me to line up the balls on the hitch mate. The coupler connect allows me to "finish the job" when my the trailer's coupler is within 3 inches on either side of the tow ball.

I put together this system after reviewing at an excellent thread on "solo hitching" on the Casita Forum.

Of course, since I am always looking for ways to maximize my "activity points", I frequently stop, exit the vehicle, and run back to the trailer to check on my progress.

This system works so well for me, that prefer it to other people, even when they are available.
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This works well for those that have a wheel on the front jack. Not so good for those with a foot pad. You could bend the jack or dig the foot pad into the asphalt/dirt.
Donna, I use a similar product: Coupler Connect - Trailer Hook-Ups Made Easy

I also have a electric jack with a foot pad and have been warned to be careful when sing the "hitch connector".

First of all, I use a wood brick with the foot pad.

And I am very careful to back up in such a way that the tongue connector is within 3 inches of the hitch ball before completing the hitch up. I take care to back up gently for the final 2 inches or so.

I also exit my TV to get a visual to make sure that I am closely aligned.

I do believe that with these precautions, I can safely use the hitch connect system. Since I do not have the strength to pick up the tongue and place it on the ball, I do not think that I can solo without this device.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:35 PM   #27
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Smile Before you hitch

I found something that should be done before hitching.

If you use different sized balls because you have another trailer,

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT SIZED BALL INSTALLED!

I will leave it to your imagination as to why I know this...
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