solo hitch alignment system - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-19-2014, 09:43 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Name: Eddie
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Virginia
Posts: 1,556
I use the Harbor Fright set up for my 5er. Set one magnet on top of the hitch/ball. Put the other magnet on the lower front lip of the coupler. The key is to look at the yellow balls through the rear view mirror (Centerline view). When close get out and check for proper height. Then back up the coupler will knock off the magnet/ball on top of the hitch/ball and all you have to do is lower the trailer/coupler onto the ball.
__________________

__________________
Eddie Longest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 10:01 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: Roamin
Trailer: Scamp 13'
New Hampshire
Posts: 232
Hi Sharon, I use the Solo Hitch Yellow ball thingy and it's good although they are flimsy and I've had two of them stop telescoping shortly after purchase. But I bet your backup camera will be even better once you get used to doing it!
__________________

__________________
Doghaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 10:07 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Roamin
Trailer: Scamp 13'
New Hampshire
Posts: 232
The Couple Mate Francesca posted looks really good and I wanted it too when I first got my camper, but I know I would be banging my knees on it too much the way I work out of the back of my vehicle, and i don't want to take the drawbar out every time I unhitch. Do you walk into it a lot Francesca?
__________________
Doghaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 11:34 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
blodn1's Avatar
 
Name: Deborah
Trailer: Prius camping - want an Oliver
Virginia
Posts: 351
I saw a great inexpensive idea one time. Put a bright pool noodle on the trailer hitch so you can see it in the rear view mirror.
__________________
I don't get lost, I go on interesting side trips.
blodn1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 01:19 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Francesca Knowles's Avatar
 
Name: Francesca Knowles
Trailer: '78 Trillium 4500
Jefferson County, Washington State, U.S.A.
Posts: 4,543
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doghaus View Post
The Couple Mate Francesca posted looks really good and I wanted it too when I first got my camper, but I know I would be banging my knees on it too much the way I work out of the back of my vehicle, and i don't want to take the drawbar out every time I unhitch. Do you walk into it a lot Francesca?
I noticed in that video that there's a way of stowing the "wings" on the coupler after they've done their job. I keep that piece in the bag that holds my blocks/chocks/ballcover. I'm not sure that wing-stow method would even work with my older model, but even if it did I'd continue to stow it elsewhere for just the reason you stated.
__________________
.................................
Propane Facts vs. Fiction:. Click here
Tow Limit Calculator: Click here
Francesca Knowles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 01:27 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
ColoRockiesFan's Avatar
 
Name: Lisa
Trailer: Former Escape 19 owner
Virginia
Posts: 216
Registry
I used something similar:

Hitchin Rod

Hitchin Rod : Amazon.com : Automotive

I also have a cap on the back of my truck so its even harder to see. But, I can still line up the rods just right and rarely have to make more than 1 attempt to get ball & hitch to line up correctly.
__________________
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
ColoRockiesFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 02:04 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
Those don't appear to be telescopic.
I use EasyHitch. They collapse to about 12" so I keep them in my glove box. They have flashing LEDs on top for hitching at night. ( I recommend removing the batteries, or you'll lose them ). Also, EasyHitch is about $10 cheaper.
Go to: Easy Hitch | Trailer hitch alignment solution
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 02:22 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2000 Burro 17 ft / 2001 Toyota Tundra V8 2wd
Posts: 322
Registry
I got those telescoping ball things at Walmart, for something like $16 or so. Then I saw some at Harbor freight tools, that looked identical, for around $10. They're not perfect, still a lot of lining things up depend on driver skill, but they do help a lot.
__________________
ThomasE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 07:20 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
I'm not keen on the self aligner either. If you have a sliding foot your jack doesn't serve as a stability point when camping and, if you don't have a sliding foot or a wheel, it's not all that kind to your tongue jack or tongue area.

As the old nursery rhyme went

"When she was good she was very, very good
But when she was bad, she was horrid."

Personally I back up using the inside rear view mirror and learn what the view is supposed to look like when I am centered on the trailer.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 07:41 PM   #24
Member
 
Name: Sharon
Trailer: UHaul
Massachusetts
Posts: 84
Registry
Sigh. I showed them to the husband, and he rolled his eyes and said you have a backup camera, how much easier can it get?

I am going to practice with some traffic cones before I am willing to risk my beloved CT13 to my bad sense of distance.
__________________
Sharon D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
Name: Linda
Trailer: '77 Scamp
California
Posts: 630
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColoRockiesFan View Post
I used something similar:

Hitchin Rod

Hitchin Rod : Amazon.com : Automotive

I also have a cap on the back of my truck so its even harder to see. But, I can still line up the rods just right and rarely have to make more than 1 attempt to get ball & hitch to line up correctly.
I've heard these are good quality that will last. I will probably buy one of these. The Harbor Freight tennis ball type didn't last long--the telescoping function pulled apart and is no longer usable. Dang!
__________________
Otters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
I've had these for four years.

Go to: Easy Hitch | Trailer hitch alignment solution
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 08:10 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Name: Linda
Trailer: '77 Scamp
California
Posts: 630
Registry
Good to know Glenn. I like the price too. I don't know that I'd use the blinky light though. I actually do pretty well hitching up the trailer by myself. But it does take a few treks back to the hitch before I can complete the hitch. I'm taking it out in 2 wks so I think I'll go ahead and order it.
__________________
Otters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 08:20 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
I've never had call to use the blinky light.
The mechanism to turn it on and off is bad design. You unscrew the red lens a bit to shut it off. When you toss them in the glove box, somehow the lens either twists enough to turn on and kill the batteries, or it comes unscrewed and the batteries are floating around in the glove box.
I sent them an email about this and they offered to send me replacements for the whole unit for free, but I didn't take them up on the offer. Perhaps they have changed that part of the design.
I have the lens screw on tight, with no batteries in the unit.
__________________

__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solo travelers? DavidSo General Chat 21 11-19-2011 11:13 AM
....speakin of Ron Smith [O Solo Mio] Doug Mager General Chat 0 01-06-2011 05:33 PM
First Solo Adventure starts tomorrow scott fraser General Chat 3 07-31-2007 02:36 PM
Hitching Solo Legacy Posts Modifications, Alterations and Updates 12 06-21-2003 05:07 PM
Solo camping for Women General Chat 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.