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Old 12-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #29
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we do better when my wife backs up and i tell her where to go. ( i mean left or right, back, back, turn your wheels left, turn them right, stop.)
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:57 AM   #30
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I with many others am lucky that my spouse and I travel together.

We find it works best with the "less is more" principle.

The only needed commands are left, right, and stop.

I will admit it did take a bit of time to convince my wife that she did not not need to motion to come back. I explained that i would continue backing until she said stop. Stand where you can be seen in vehicle mirror, point left or right as needed, then closed fist for stop.

I think some other campers have been impressed when we hook up with no words spoken, and now it doesn't matter who drives or who directs.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:31 PM   #31
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The only needed commands are left, right, and stop.
Pretty much, keeping it simple is always best. I laugh when someone not used to aiding me in reversing starts spinning their hands, like I am supposed to make sens of that. Just point the direction you want the vehicle (or trailer) to go.

Work wise, I have been involved with both driving and directing vehicles, with and without trailers. Our signals were.

- Pointing left or right - move slowly in that direction
- Wagging hand and finger hard while pointing - move quicker in that direction
- Hold hands vertical and parallel with each other - straight back
- Additionally to above, you can hold your hands apart the distance needed to reverse yet.
- Palm up and facing driver - stop
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:16 AM   #32
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Yet Another Hitching Aid

The Swift Hitch Back Up Camera has been called a "marriage saver" by some couples. It greatly reduces the effort required to hitch up the trailer.

I found the system on Craigslist. The owner bought it and discovered his truck did not have enough power for his new trailer. When he upgraded his truck to a 3/4 ton, the truck came with the backup system in his rear view mirror.

I have used the alignment poles, a mirror, hitch guide and even my security camera system in the past. I frequently travel alone and hitch and unhitch my trailer often in my travels. The Switch Hitch Camera System is now my favorite hitch assist device.

The problem with the security camera system I had is, I had to move the small monitor from inside the trailer to inside the truck and plug it in to an inverter. Since I now have the monitor semi-permanently secured in the trailer it was not convenient to use it as a dual purpose device.

There are a lot of things to like about the Swift Hitch. It is completely wireless and battery powered. Neither the camera or the monitor requires an AC plugin. A 12 volt cable with two leads charges both devices at once. The camera also has night vision and illuminates a 15 ft area at night. The camera can also be used to monitor the outside of the trailer at night.

The camera has a magnet on the back of it that attaches to the tailgate of the truck. With monitor in hand I can ensure it is aligned for a good view of the hitch ball. With the monitor moved to the truck, it is easy to back the hitch ball to the coupler on the trailer.

I like the hitch ball positioned slightly to the front of the coupler.

You should be able to feel the clamp around the bottom of the ball when the coupler is connected.

If you flip the lever over on the coupler and do not encounter any resistance, you likely have a false hookup.












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Old 12-18-2012, 01:43 PM   #33
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Yikes! Everything is getting digitized!!
I have developed a method for getting the distance correct.
After backing up to a reasonable proximity, set the parking brake, take any convenient stick and measure the distance hitch to ball. When back in the driver's seat, lay the stick on the ground and use the edge of the open door as viewed against the stick as a gauge as to how far to back.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #34
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I've done that, Roger. Used a steel tape stretched out to maybe 1'. I'd say it worked pretty well to gauge an inch and a half rather than guessing and going six inches. Contributing to my problem with the fine tuning is sloping driveway. One of the hardest adjustments to make is forward. There is often an additional slip forward going from drive to park on an auto trans even if the parking brake is applied. I have got the habit now of merely pausing the inline shifter in reverse on the way to park. This removes the slack usually. I always use lo range 4whl when hitchingn up on my driveway and almost never at a camp site that's reasonably level.

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I have used that measuring trick too, but I just eyeball the distance to the ball, then do the same for ground reference beside the vehicle. Very accurate.

Though now I cheat when using my Pilot, and just watch the monitor on the GPS which displays the backup camera when reversing.

I still hook up to our constructions trailers most often (a few times a week), and do not have the luxury of a camera.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:54 PM   #36
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I go solo and hook-up without a human helper 98% of the time. I have a backup camera and I use the same DuraSafe coupler connect product as Frances, plus those alignment rods with the yellow ball (Harbor Freight). It works great for me. Though I do have to get out of my TV multiple times to check final distance.

I love Rob's swift hitch camera, but looking at the video, you still have to get out to check on the last couple of inches. I'd rather have a "permanent" mount for the backup camera for my TV.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #37
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One of the benefits of a 13' trailer is that you can pick up the trailer receiver and plop it on the hitch. No drama.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:54 PM   #38
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One of the benefits of a 13' trailer is that you can pick up the trailer receiver and plop it on the hitch. No drama.
AMEN brother!
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #39
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One of the benefits of a 13' trailer is that you can pick up the trailer receiver and plop it on the hitch. No drama.
But that would be cheating!



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My Trillium was so light that I just got it close and then lifted the darned thing into place!
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:46 PM   #42
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But that would be cheating!

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Perhaps, but there are those who consider camping with any gear more sophisticated then a pack of matches and a fish hook to be cheating. If you are going to "cheat" by using a trailer in the first place, does it matter how you hook it up?
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