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Old 08-20-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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It ocurred to me that if I were to get a couple Canadian flag decals, and if I positioned them carefully, one in the centre of the RAV's rear window and one in the centre of the trailer that I could line them up to get on target. Then it ocurred to me that if the one in the back window were smaller ( and I have to determine how much smaller ) I would have a range-finder. Back up until the decal in the RAV just covers the one on the trailer. From there you might have to wiggle a bit.

Any thoughts on the practicality of this? Any better solutions that don't cost at lot?

So far, I have managed pretty well without any assist, but now I'm curious about the idea.

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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I used a level on the front the my Scamp but, if I have to come in at an angle then it doesn't work very well. I those cases my other half has held a pole on top of the coupler so that I can line up on the coupler. I use a mirror when I get close enough.

Note to self: pick up a couple of those magnetic poles.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:57 PM   #3
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I think your idea has some merit Glenn. I eyeball the middle of my tonneau cover to the middle of the rock guard when I'm lining things up, so why not have an actual decal (also saves having to go and put the magnet things in place each time). As long as it works for you that's all that matters.
Those coupler things that have the v-shaped area also look like a good option.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:38 PM   #4
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Interesting concept, but wouldn't work for me. The parking spot for my Scamp is on asphalt that's a couple of inches higher than where the rear tires of the truck are when hooking up. I could use the decals there, but what would happen to the "lineup" when the truck tires are on ground even with the trailer, like hooking up to leave a campground? The decals would be off...
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:52 PM   #5
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Interesting concept, but wouldn't work for me. The parking spot for my Scamp is on asphalt that's a couple of inches higher than where the rear tires of the truck are when hooking up. I could use the decals there, but what would happen to the "lineup" when the truck tires are on ground even with the trailer, like hooking up to leave a campground? The decals would be off...
That would depend. If you put the flag decal on sideways ( vertical ) it might cover the other, at least partially. For range you would be looking at when the one on the vehicle covered the width of the other
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:35 PM   #6
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:58 PM   #7
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Thanks Adrian, I always wondered if those things work. I don't much room between my Subaru bumper plastic and my hitch... 3 inches too far and my bumper gets another ding .. not that I've bumped into it or anything
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:03 PM   #8
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I use something like that when I can come in straight. I line up with the back up light centered in my rear window/hatch. Doesn't help for distance, but it puts me in line with the coupler.

I have a simple tool.. and I have never seen another like it.. I think the guy that made them got sued and run out of biz.

It is a back up mirror, however, all the others I have seen go on the tug. Mine goes on a pole that sits on the frame of the trailer. It's a large convex mirror that sits over the top of the coupler. I can back and align the ball visually, perfect, almost every time.

The pole sits atop a U shaped bracket and has a thumbscrew tensioner. I simply plop it into place when needed, and move it back on the frame and out of the way when not in use. EZ PZ.

Ask anyone that has seen me use it.. it's a snap.. no help from an onlooker needed.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:25 PM   #9
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I use something like that when I can come in straight. I line up with the back up light centered in my rear window/hatch. Doesn't help for distance, but it puts me in line with the coupler.

I have a simple tool.. and I have never seen another like it.. I think the guy that made them got sued and run out of biz.

It is a back up mirror, however, all the others I have seen go on the tug. Mine goes on a pole that sits on the frame of the trailer. It's a large convex mirror that sits over the top of the coupler. I can back and align the ball visually, perfect, almost every time.

The pole sits atop a U shaped bracket and has a thumbscrew tensioner. I simply plop it into place when needed, and move it back on the frame and out of the way when not in use. EZ PZ.

Ask anyone that has seen me use it.. it's a snap.. no help from an onlooker needed.
Thankyou. I bought a mirror for the back of the RAV and all I can see is the spare tire. Can't adjust the angle any further or all I see is the edge of the mirror. I can probably remove it from the RAV and "glue" it to the propane tree I bought and found quite useless ( Why would I need to illuminate my propane tank? ). Then maybe I can mount it on a propane tank at the front of the trailer. And, then I'll have the Clampets over for dinner, if it looks like anything else I've built.

Alternative is to continue doing what I've been doing, which is exiting the vehicle a dozen times to hit target. With the '94 Explorer and the tent trailer it was simple. You just backed up until you heard the hitch hit the vehicle. Move forward an inch and yard the trailer into position.

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:41 AM   #10
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Hi Glenn

There is an older unit in for upgrades that has a mirror mounted on the rockshield. It looks similar to the one on the back of your Rav. Since the one on the Rav isn't working so well, maybe a little elbow grease will remove it and a little double sided tape will mount in a usable position!

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Old 08-21-2008, 06:28 AM   #11
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Mine goes on a pole that sits on the frame of the trailer. It's a large convex mirror that sits over the top of the coupler. I can back and align the ball visually, perfect, almost every time.

The pole sits atop a U shaped bracket and has a thumbscrew tensioner. I simply plop it into place when needed, and move it back on the frame and out of the way when not in use. EZ PZ.
Any chance of a couple of really clear pictures Gina? Maybe Glenn could use what he already has to make something similar?

I guess I should have paid attention when I've seen you and your trailer
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I think somebody should do a system like this. Change Down to Stop! and there you go. http://www.cracked.com/article_16556_15-im...otoshopped.html
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:51 AM   #13
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I will try to remember this weekend.

It really makes much sense to have it on the tailer instead of the tug. I can adjust the height and aim the car for the mirror, rather than trying to use the car to aim the mirror at the trailer.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:59 AM   #14
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Here is a similar item

Same concept, different execution.

Mine actually has an arc in the pole that llows the mirror to hang directly over the coupler. And I can adjust the angle of the mirror
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