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Old 12-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #15
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I personally like the video display in the mirror when I am in reverse. It is a normal mirror (no display) when not in reverse. The camera is mounted by the license plate. It helps with backing up to a hitch. But I also find it useful most of the time when I back up and especially in situations where I am backing up and can't see if it is clear due to some obstructions to my right or left. It is the only feature I ever added to our vehicle that my wife insisted be on all future vehicles.

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Probably the best feature on my Tacoma! Makes hitching up a breeze! Came standard and I am glad cause I probably would have never opted to have it put on. Thinking who needs this? Well I do now that I have it! It's hard to get used to it the first few times, but once you do it's brilliant!




But before buying my Tacoma I drove a Chevy Z71 and one thing I did to aide in alignment was look at the truck and trailer hitched together. Took a lil nail polish and painted a lil stripe on my tail gate (inside truck bed) and picked a spot on the word Casita on the trailer that was in line with the hitch. Both basically 50% of the width of each. But having a visual worked better for me. So I would get my painted line, lined up with what ever letter it was I used in the word Casita on the front of the trailer. Not perfect but less jumping in and out of the truck to see I need to go to the right a smidge............... But have to say, I love my back up camera!!!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:43 AM   #16
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When I had my 17B built at Escape, I sent them a camera for the trailer. It was part of a two camera system from Rear View Safety. I added the 2nd camera to the rear of the RAV4 & find it great for hitching. The only time it hasn't worked is when the sun is shining directly into the camera lens. By the way, the trailer camera makes a great rear view mirror, however isn't all that useful for backing into a campsite. It does keep you from hitting a tree, etc, but the view is really too wide to be practical for positioning the trailer. I still use the outside mirrors & "Get out & look" to park.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:56 AM   #17
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As an aside, who do you work for. I spent 15 years contracting to Trans Alta (Working for High Time Industries) building electrical substations. Did some line work too. Never was a 'digger boy' though.
My first job out of school was with Trans-Alta. After a year in their TOP (technologist orientation program), which included three month on the substation crew out of Calgary. I worked as a lineman in the Taber office. It was in Taber that they had an amateur taxidermist that filled up the reception area with large birds that had fatal interactions with the power lines. Later on I worked out of Morinville, where I drove the digger truck about half the time. That was almost twenty years ago now.

I think you are right about the truck and trailer being the same width, and very square, making it much easier to hitch up.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #18
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[...] By the way, the trailer camera makes a great rear view mirror, however isn't all that useful for backing into a campsite. It does keep you from hitting a tree, etc, but the view is really too wide to be practical for positioning the trailer. I still use the outside mirrors & "Get out & look" to park.
I agree that the cameras are less useful in that situation. However, I have found the camera systems with lines on them help give some perspective to the wide view. The more advanced systems even move the lines as you move the steering wheel which is nice for backing into a parking spot, but less useful for backing in a trailer.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #19
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With experience, most of us can get pretty close- it's that last long inch or two that causes all the trouble.

I've had one of these for some time, and think it's the best thing since sliced bread. All you have to do is hit anywhere on the "wings" with the coupler nose, and the trailer will pivot and place the coupler directly over the ball.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #20
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My first job out of school was with Trans-Alta. After a year in their TOP (technologist orientation program), which included three month on the substation crew out of Calgary. I worked as a lineman in the Taber office. It was in Taber that they had an amateur taxidermist that filled up the reception area with large birds that had fatal interactions with the power lines. Later on I worked out of Morinville, where I drove the digger truck about half the time. That was almost twenty years ago now.

I think you are right about the truck and trailer being the same width, and very square, making it much easier to hitch up.
Other than a move to Lethbridge for 3 years, I mostly worked out the shop in Foothills from 84-98.
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I had never towed anything until I had my 13' Trillium. And I've always had to hitch by myself. When I spied that same coupler that you have Francesca. Defferent name, same unit.

I bought this unit at the local RV shop.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:27 PM   #22
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I had never towed anything until I had my 13' Trillium. And I've always had to hitch by myself. When I spied that same coupler that you have Francesca. Defferent name, same unit.

I bought this unit at the local RV shop.
Cool- I didn't know there was another company making them, too!

How do you like it?

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Francesca, I look closer at the info you posted and realized we are talking about the same unit. LOL

I like this one. Although I have gotten pretty good at hitching without too many in's and out's. I line up the centre of the TV (back ceiling light) and have the ball in the right position most of the time. But it's nice knowing that if I get a little distracted, the coupler will keep me from hitting the TV bumper and marking it. Even more important since I bought a new Ford Escape this year.
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Francesca, I look closer at the info you posted and realized we are talking about the same unit. LOL

I like this one. Although I have gotten pretty good at hitching without too many in's and out's. I line up the centre of the TV (back ceiling light) and have the ball in the right position most of the time. But it's nice knowing that if I get a little distracted, the coupler will keep me from hitting the TV bumper and marking it. Even more important since I bought a new Ford Escape this year.
I hear ya-

I feel exactly the same way, and here's a confession:
I do a fair amount of solo-traveling, too...and call me paranoid, but it seems to me that every man in a campground is watching when I'm hitching up, just waiting for the "female driver" to make a mess of it.

Never happens with that little old coupler connect- it's first time, every time! Pretty satisfying to see the surprised looks on guys' faces...

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LOL! I certainly know that feeling, Francesca. In reality, they probably don't notice, I sure feel like they are just waiting....... LOL!
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LOL! I certainly know that feeling, Francesca. In reality, they probably don't notice, I sure feel like they are just waiting....... LOL!
Oh, they notice!
Haven't you ever had a guy volunteer to "help" by standing behind and giving hand signals? Come to think of it, that's a perfect example of yet another "hitching aid device" as yet unmentioned in this thread on that very subject: The Helpful Camper-Next-Door!

Though I s'pose the guys reading this thread don't see much of him since there's some kind of a man-rule that prohibits such interventions unless/until the backing man hits somebody else's trailer/car/picnic table etc.

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Yeah, I guess that has happened to me as well....(the part about a man offering his help) And I agree, they would never offer to park another guy's camper for him. LOL

If they offered to help my daughter when she parking, they better duck quick! She's been backing all kinds of trailers since she learned to walk. Haha.
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I usually have a very nice 'hello how are you' type of conversation when they come over, then I shoo them back to their campsites.
And to all you gents out there, I absolutely appreciate all the offers. Thank You for always being willing to help out.
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