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Old 10-26-2010, 02:16 PM   #15
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Yellow tennis ball set up used here too. I even bought an extra set for a spare, as I did dent the stick on one already. I get so close using those tennis balls, and can do it by myself faster than with hubby waving his hands this way and that and shaking his head in disagreement with my driving. I don't see him out there offering to hitch it up himself! I am getting good at it, thanks to the magnetic tennis ball hookup.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:44 PM   #16
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My husband has divised a way to hook up the 5th wheel by himself. So far the tailgate is not dented -yet.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:47 PM   #17
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Another vote for my Grand Caravan: I could open the back and look right at the ball. Hitched First time--every time.

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Old 10-29-2010, 07:39 PM   #18
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Yellow tennis balls for me too! I can hitch up all by myself. I back up until I'm within a few feet, then put the balls in place, level them with each other, and back up until they 'kisss'.
One time, a very nice man insisted on helping me, despite my protests and showing him my yellow tennis ball kit. So just to make him feel helpful, I let him direct me in ...but I didn't like it.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:49 PM   #19
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I am placing my order for the tennis balls today, what a great idea!
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #20
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I have a flat driveway and use a $50 trailer dolly from Harbor Freight to place my 16' Scamp exactly where I want in the drive. It is also useful for moving the trailer to the tow rig so you can either pick the tongue off the dolly and drop it on the hitch like I do. Or, if your back isn't feeling up to it then place it right behind the tow rig so a straight 2" back-up is all you need to get under the hitch after you have removed the dolly. Finally, I don't even bother attempting to back into the driveway anymore. I pull the truck only into the garage, move the tongue to the dolly and spin the trailer 180 degrees and move it to the side of the drive. It sure makes the end of the trip a lot more enjoyable.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:43 AM   #21
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canamrv.ca has a backup camera with zoom in sale items would work well, also since it is wireless can be moved to back of trailer for parking. (was resent purchase) Mine was bought in Owen Sound before I found the sale at Can-Am RV > Home
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:52 AM   #22
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The Boler is 7' 11" wide is the Scamp the same width?
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:56 AM   #23
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camera will cost more but you see what is behind you
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:59 AM   #24
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I agree with Donna. I use the G.O.A.L method (Get Out And Look). I've got it down to about 3 looks per hitch-up. While I'm hitchin' up, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is inside the trailer tidying up. This is a proven method to sustain marital bliss. Just ask my lovely bride of 41 years. Right dear?

All those gizmos for lining up the hitch and ball are like training wheels on a bicycle. Come on, people, suck it up and do it the manly-man way, as the Governator would say.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:36 AM   #25
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To many of us conservative Californians the governator is not a manly man.
It was 33 degrees yesterday when I hooked up my loaded ATV trailer.
I will take the training wheels any day when all I have to do is back up then lower the tongue.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:16 AM   #26
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Ouch! Struck a nerve. Sorry. Actually, I agree that many of the devices are very handy and save time and trouble. BTW, what is a Toyota Sunrader - a separate model or a trim level. I have a 4Runner but don't recognize a Sunrader.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:42 PM   #27
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The tennis balls work very well. When the tennis ball next to the front of my 2" ball starts to tip towards the cab of my truck I know I need to pull forward about an inch and I'm perfectly lined up. Harbor Freight also carrys them
Definitely get the tennis balls but don't set them up as shown in the reference in the OP's post. That pic shows the front piece sitting on the insert, forward of the ball. Instead, put the magnetic base right on the top of the ball. (The magnet will hold it there even if the ball is round on top.) That way, when the ball tips forward, stop. You are there. You will be amazed how easy and accurate it is!

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Jim a Sunrader is a class C all fiberglass bodied, self contained motorhome built on a 1 ton Toyota chassis.
They were built from the mid 80s to 1991.
One of these days I will get the camper portion refurbished and looking like new.
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