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Old 06-03-2013, 08:57 AM   #29
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Just asking. How many people open the hatch/ tail gate/ rear glass to see when hitching up? I tried with my hatch, and so long as it remove the parcel tray, I can see the trailer well enough to get on target. Well, used to. I have the camera now, but the trick worked.

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It would limit turning on my car/trailer if I did (not to mention all the stuff that would fall out.) I can see the trailer fine- it's the distance I can't judge.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:47 AM   #30
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Just asking. How many people open the hatch/ tail gate/ rear glass to see when hitching up?
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Linda, I cant move the hitch on my trailer myself either other than by pushing hard on it to wiggle it over an inch or so on the tongue jack but I dont pack a dolly around either as it would take up to much space. Much happier camper these days packing less stuff around than I did when I first go the trailer & planning for all the what ifs.

Jason, I lift the tailgate on my tug and find it helps with line up - even though I cant actually see the hitch when its up. It allows me to see the handle on the trailers front tongue jack which I put in up position. I have learned where the handle needs to be lined up with the interior light on the rear of the vehicle hatch to know if the tug is straight onto the hitch. The handle also gives me a pretty good idea as to how close I am getting to the hitch & when its time to get out and check the distance. Once I know the distance if I keep my drivers door open and look at the ground for some marks on the ground of equal distance I keep an eye on those while backing up to judge the distance I have backed up.

Punching the hitch through the fiberglass bumper of the vehicle is always a concern. I have seriously considered the EZ hitch attachment that was posted and actually wish I had that on the tug this week-end. I like the idea of it over the balls as it would stay on the hitch and not be another loose item I would need to find/dig out when it was needed. My tug is an automatic so being careful not to give it to more juice than intended when back up a hill on a gravel surface can be a challenge sometimes. The good news on the week-end was I had the foresight when unhitching to put the trailer jack up on blocks so I was able to jack it up just high enough to clear the bumper if I was to go back to far by accident. Putting block under the tongue jack was I lesson I learned the hard way one of the first times I camped on a sloped site. I had to play the damsel in distress card and ask the guys next to me if they would come over and lift the trailer tongue up a couple of inches so I could get the ball under it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #31
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I have the magnetic telescoping yellow balls and they work OK. About half the time I still have to make one more adjustment after getting out and looking. I think they're worth it, it saves a lot of yelling between myself and my wife and son, and everyone is happier.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #32
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Using Escape as TV I use the rear window wiper bottom as a reference point, and the center line of the trailer front window curtains as an alignment target.

Am a plus 1 on Carols approach of leaving the drivers door open and finding (or making) a mark on the gound that matches how much further I need to back up once I get close.

Annoying to put it in park and have TV move forward 2 inches then go back to find I'm 2 inches short of the hitch. I can move it that far by hand but back may make me pay for it so will try again just to avoid the potential of a drive home with my back giving me fits the whole way.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #33
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Annoying to put it in park and have TV move forward 2 inches then go back to find I'm 2 inches short of the hitch.
Put in park, with your foot still on the brake pedal, apply the hand brake and it will stay put,
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:31 PM   #34
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I used those yellow balls but gave up on them once I got this hitch mirror. I can slide it onto the tailgate of our pickup, or use the suction cups to mount it to the rear window of the Subaru.
CIPA 11955, FastHitch Mirror : Amazon.com : Automotive
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