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Old 05-31-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Anyone used the two magnetic balls to line up the hitch to the truck/car? Saw them in a catalogue and thought it might be a help.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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There are lots of gadgets. With a 13' trailer, do you need them? I just pick up the trailer tongue and put it on the hitch. A 13' trailer is light enough you can just manouver it by hand. If you need a gadget, I would recommend a trailer dolly. They make moving these trailer really easy.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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I have a set, they're OK. They can help prevent putting the trailer tongue through the back of the car. The idea is to get them adjusted so they are the same height, and touch when the ball and coupler line up. As for Derek's comment, with 3 bad discs in my back I'm not lifting or pulling anything. I do move the trailer around the yard with a lawn tractor, but still have to back up to it to hook up. Our 650 lb teardrop I can roll around by hand, but only on level ground, and not far.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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There are lots of gadgets. With a 13' trailer, do you need them? I just pick up the trailer tongue and put it on the hitch. A 13' trailer is light enough you can just manouver it by hand. If you need a gadget, I would recommend a trailer dolly. They make moving these trailer really easy.
I can't pick up the tongue of my 13' trailer. If you can your tongue weight is probably too little. It should be 10% to 15% of trailer weight.
For my 13' trailer that between 170 lbs and 225 lbs.

The closest you can get with a "trailer dolly" is about 5' from the tow vehicle.

As for hitching aids, there's lots of methods out their costing lots of money. I use something like what you was described by the OP. I like thise
Bought a pair of those with the ball on top of a telescoping and found them not tall enough.
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What's a trailer dolly?
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What's a trailer dolly?
Here's one.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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Byron.....that's one of my concerns is not being tall enough. I have a shell on my truck and wasn't sure if 50" telescoping would be enough. I'll be camping by myself and I don't want to be the comic relief for other campers when it's time to hitch up. I have a good sense of humor but I don't want to get frustrated.....
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Interesting! Thanks Byron.
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Byron.....that's one of my concerns is not being tall enough. I have a shell on my truck and wasn't sure if 50" telescoping would be enough. I'll be camping by myself and I don't want to be the comic relief for other campers when it's time to hitch up. I have a good sense of humor but I don't want to get frustrated.....
I too have a shell on my truck. I find the sticks without the ball work pretty good. They're bright and magnetic. One on the trailer at the hitch, one on truck on the ball. I can see through the shell and watch the sticks come together. The hitch actually knocks the one on the ball off when the hitch is in the correct position. My wife watches, but only to see that I have the trailer tongue high enough to clear the top of the ball. When I hitch up by myself I get close then check the hitch height.
Works for me.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:06 PM   #10
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Anyone used the two magnetic balls to line up the hitch to the truck/car? Saw them in a catalogue and thought it might be a help.
I have had a couple of sets of those things, they worked just fine but I see them as more like training wheels. After using them a couple of times, I payed them forward. In fact mine were given to me by someone who no longer needed them.(both sets)
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Practice practice practice.... lol. I'm getting better at it...same with backing it into the driveway.
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Geez, don't want to admit how poorly I did backing it up the driveway into the garage. Finally got within the walls then my adult son and I wiggled it around until we got it somewhat straight. I know I have to take it somewhere and practice but I'm gun shy.......will do it tho! Practice makes it permanent ...........
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I have the Magnetic Hitchin' Rods that Byron mentioned and I love them. I hitch up alone and once the rods are lined up and the rod attached to the ball is knocked off I never, ever have to move my tow vehicle. They work for me first time and every time. I don't know how I ever got along without them.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:12 PM   #14
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Did you get the magnetic hitching rods on line or locally?
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