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Old 03-18-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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solo hitch alignment system

Ladies,
I am gearing up my bravery to head out on the road and fear backing up, aligning the hitches and other things that many people do without thinking about it.

I do have a backup camera on my CR-V, but I thought there must be something even more idiot proof and then I saw this: solo hitch alignment system. Has anyone tried it? Did it help?

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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I've been using something similar. Mine are telescoping with a red lamp on the top and magnet on the bottom.
I'm not sure about that picture they show of it in use and the size of their bases. Have you got room on your ball mount ( as shown in their pic? ).
Anyway, with mine, I place one on the top of the ball and the other on the hitch. You just back slowly, keeping them lined up, and when the rod on the ball falls off, you know that the hitch is over the ball.
I still have to get out once to make sure that my hitch isn't too high or two low ( that's because I jack it up fully when stored to get it level on my driveway ).
Works for me.
I now have SwiftHitch camera as well, which I haven't yet tried.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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Sharon,
I have a set of these. They do work. I can't see when backing up my truck and I don't want to bang up the bumper. I set one on the trailer and one on the flat spot on the top of the ball, I adjust the trailer up to be an inch higher than the ball. Aim your best as you back up an and go till it knocks off the one on the ball. Their directions say to align the balls till they touch but I never do anything the way I'm told. I got mine at Harbor Freight when they are on sale or use a 20% off coupon you can find anywhere. I think I paid $9.00 at their store. Good luck!
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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I've been using one of these for years now- all you have to do is be close; once the coupler hits the wings the trailer swings into place right over the ball.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:24 PM   #5
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So, it isn't just me This is reassuring. Thanks to Kenny for an indication of price. I just checked via Google and found prices form $19 to $36 or so. I'll look into pricing on Francesca's model as well.
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That stinger looks like it could amputate your leg.
Does it stay on the ball mount at all times?
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #7
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I have a set. They telescope like a antenna to get them up where you can see them. For the money I would say go ahead and buy them. I usually don't use them, but they work good when I do, saves a few times in & out of the car.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:30 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=Francesca Knowles;447414]I've been using one of these for years now- all you have to do is be close; once the coupler hits the wings the trailer swings into place right over the ball.

What does your trailer set on that lets it swing without stressing the jack? Wouldn't work on our dirt driveway and jack with a wheel.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:49 PM   #9
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I use the dueling tennis ball thingy you show and I've been pulling (boat) trailers for years. It really helped when I got the Casita. I can't see through my lift gate at all. I like the item Francesca showed as well.
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What does your trailer set on that lets it swing without stressing the jack? Wouldn't work on our dirt driveway and jack with a wheel.
The setup probably works even better on a trailer with a wheeled jack. See below vid.

My trailer's jack has a wide foot- never had a problem with it refusing to slide the short distance involved when using this aligner, and I've used it on all kind of surfaces.

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With a back up camera you should be able to exactly position the vehicle over the ball.

When you have it positioned perfectly get back in the Honda and see what it looks like on the camera screen. That's what you want to aim for.

Go slow, if the trailer is too low the ball will bump the front lip of the trailer, no harm done.

My back up camera (Jeep) screen has a dashed line down the center. When the image of the coupler is in the middle of the first dash alignment is perfect.
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I use the extended tennis balls also. The rear window on the explorer is too high to see anything otherwise. Before the balls, I did a lot of 'back/get out & look/back again"-that worked too. No need to rush.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:31 AM   #13
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I see they are on sale right now. Harbor Freight under automotive & motorcycles trailer hitches for $9.99
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There is always this BAL 28100 Tongue Twister : Amazon.com : Automotive
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