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Old 05-15-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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I bought one of the Ball Alignment Kits at Harbor Freight because I've always wanted to try one and they are on sale now for $10. If you are interested, now's your chance.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=95684

I'll let you know how well it works.

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Old 05-15-2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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I have one and it's useful but I have a hard time placing it on the trailer end. I'd like it to be right on top of the ball receptacle but it's rounded so it doesn't stay on it well. Maybe I need to make an offset base.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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I have one and it's useful but I have a hard time placing it on the trailer end. I'd like it to be right on top of the ball receptacle but it's rounded so it doesn't stay on it well. Maybe I need to make an offset base.
I haven't been out to the trailer yet, to look at my situation, but I'll bet it's the same issue. The first thing that I'll do, if it is, is attach a small flat plate of steel to the top of the ball socket on the trailer, so the magnetic base will have a firm seat. Since I can't weld anymore, and I really wouldn't want to weld / heat the socket end up that much anyway, I'll just roughen both surfaces nicely and use my favorite "duct tape in a tube" (J B Weld) to stick the plate on. Since it has no structural funtion, the JB Weld should work just fine.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 05-15-2009, 11:34 AM   #4
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I haven't been out to the trailer yet, to look at my situation, but I'll bet it's the same issue. The first thing that I'll do, if it is, is attach a small flat plate of steel to the top of the ball socket on the trailer, so the magnetic base will have a firm seat. [b] Since I can't weld anymore, and I really wouldn't want to weld / heat the socket end up that much anyway, I'll just roughen both surfaces nicely and use my favorite "duct tape in a tube" (J B Weld) to stick the plate on. Since it has no structural funtion, the JB Weld should work just fine.

Thanks for the heads up.

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I've been a machinist and at one time I welded good enough to get a union millwright certificate. So I know what its like to "loose it".

I just ordered one... as a loner I need help getting lined up.

Thanks
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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Strange...but I bought one too at a somewhat local Harbor Freight store a little south or my city yesterday, for $9.99. Along beside it was a new sway bar, Haul Master,complete with all pieces and parts for $32.00 and I got it too, to replace my older but rusty sway bar that came with my used trailer. I was getting tired of getting in and out of the vehicle to hook it up and anything that will save me an entrance/exit or two is certainly worth that! I'll try it out soon...
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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I've been a machinist and at one time I welded good enough to get a union millwright certificate. So I know what its like to "loose it".

I just ordered one... as a loner I need help getting lined up.

Thanks
My problem is that I have a Defibrillator implanted and I can't be close to Magnetic Fields or it shuts the critter off. Can't even lean over a running car engine. So, I sold my Arc Welder since I couldn't use it.

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Old 05-15-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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I bought one last year and used it several times, often by myself, at other times with my wife helping as well. That was with our Ford Ranger, I have used it a few times this year with the Ford F-150 with the same results, ei worked well. I place it on the "lip" of the trailer's hitch & behind the ball on the tow.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:23 PM   #8
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They're easy to stow in the glove box and useful for other jobs. Plus they're cheaper.

I bought the 6# ones which are extreme overkill. Everytime I take them out of the glove box, half the crap in there comes out stuck to them.

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Old 05-15-2009, 11:07 PM   #9
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Since buying a truck with a backup camera, I don't need it, or at least I shouldn't after I get use to the back up camera ( takes a little getting use to) but I may still pick one up as another target. But sure wish I had one with the old truck. Since Dh can't help so wellllllllllllll. I was forever jumping out and checking till I got it just right. Great find Keith
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:27 PM   #10
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"Okay, about three feet back and way to the left."

Get back in car, reverse, stop. "Oh, maybe a bit farther back."
Back up towards hitch.

Get out of car and walk to back.

"Okay, 2 feet back and eight inches to the left"

Get back in car, reverse, stop. Consider backing a bit more. Reverse. Stop.

Get out of car and walk to back.

"Okay 9 inches back and three to the left"

Get back in car.....

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Old 05-16-2009, 06:29 AM   #11
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I get some of my best exercise when hitching up... or trying to hitch up!. I've tried all sorts of helpful hints and tools, none have been all that great (for me). Next up to try is to build one of these: Mirror - in New Theory topic
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:30 PM   #12
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Ive used the Harbor Freight 'tennis balls' for some time. I put on under the latch on the trailer and the other on the hitch just behind the ball. I make sure that the trailer is raised above the ball and when the one on the truck is pushed back, stop, pull the parking break, and make only minor corrections to get it on the ball.

They work for me!
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:43 PM   #13
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I bought one of the Ball Alignment Kits at Harbor Freight because I've always wanted to try one and they are on sale now for $10. If you are interested, now's your chance.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=95684

I'll let you know how well it works.

Keith
I get the Harbor Freight email specials, yesterday the weekly coupons have these for $7.99.
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:30 PM   #14
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I bought one of the Ball Alignment Kits at Harbor Freight because I've always wanted to try one and they are on sale now for $10. If you are interested, now's your chance.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=95684

I'll let you know how well it works.

Keith
I got mine and since it has a flat bottom it wont stay aligned on the round hitch casing.
Here is how I fixed that.
Used two nuts on each side and just squeezed them in until the tennis ball was straight up.
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