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Old 11-14-2007, 11:23 AM   #15
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Parker, many RV sales lots have a vehicle (fork lift, pickup, etc.) with a hitch ball mounted on the FRONT bumper. Of course, you wouldn't want to try to move a trailer with a 600 lb tongue weight with a bolt-on bumper hitch, but it works fine with our lightweight fiberglass rigs. Instead of "backing", you're "forwarding", and can see everything that's happening. I don't use it because I've had forty years of practice. But I did use this trick when I was starting out. It's extra work to have to flip the tow vehicle once you arrive at your campsite, but it works -- and preserves peace in the household!

And for the rest of you purists who wouldn't be caught dead doing this, just remember -- the professionals who move dozens of trailers around a sales lot every day do it!
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:27 PM   #16
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...........I've mounted a 1 7/8in ball on the back of my ride me on. Works super for manuvering around in the yard, but MANDATES I use the Dakota as a tow when we go Glamping (hoist the tractor into the box ). Thats something I don't always want/need to do. Glad I have a Princess Auto special on hand for those long hauls. "Trillium Tuggers"/ "Boler Strowlers" are THE only way to go, IMHO!!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:06 PM   #17
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Parker, many RV sales lots have a vehicle (fork lift, pickup, etc.) with a hitch ball mounted on the FRONT bumper.
Jim,

When I was a kid, my family used to go fishing with a guy who used the same trick. He was handicapped from polio, but could still drive and wasn't going to let that keep him from fishing!

I've been practicing with the trailer, and will go ahead and try it the regular way. I just can't quite see a hitch on the front of our Volvo.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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