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Old 09-29-2013, 08:46 AM   #29
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Besides the road, I have three items that I've tried to locate in my normal line of sight, so my eyes don't have to move much from the road.

The three are: 1 trailer/car tire pressure gauge, upper right corner of windshield, it also alarms beyond low and high pressure limits. 2. Ultraguage located in front of and below thef RPM and MPH, primarily for instantaneous MPG and engine temp. 3. trailer rear view camera, on dash center under rear view mirror.

I also use the rear view mirror for trailer level, the rock shield latches line up with a rear antenna line in the rear window when the trailer's level.

We rarely use GPS except when looking for a city address or the like. Then we use our smart phone and primarily listen to the GPS voice placing the phone on the tray between us.

When leaving the Honda we do not remove any of the extra displays, feeling they are not thief targets.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #30
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The camera is fully functional. Returning from the store I turned on the display in the Honda about 120 feet from the trailer and immediately got a picture from the camera located in the Scamp's rear window.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #31
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I've got an 07 Tacoma with the rear camera over the hitch.

It's like gold. I used to have to either get out of the truck a few times or have someone guide me in, and with the camera I back right up to the hitch and its ready to drop.

No negatives to the backup camera from my point of view. I consider it almost necessary equipment now that I'm used to it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:22 AM   #32
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I had a 2011 taco, now a 2013 taco - the newer one has a wider field of view than the old, plus the side lines, center line, and range lines superimposed on the rearview mirror image.

I absolutely love it. As an added aid, I painted the tip of the tongue a bright yellow - very easy to see when backing up in dim light or just walking past the trailer when unhooked.

No more shin smacks!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #33
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Charlie, Nice! Another question about your photo - is the front stabilizer (at least that's what it looks like) a one-piece that stabilizes both sides? Factory-install, or owner modification? We've got the back taken care of, but I'm still toying with different options for stabilizing the front a bit more. Something simple, quick and easy. A frame-mounted scissor jack on each side would work, but do you have a better suggestion? Dale
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:08 PM   #34
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We have a 2013 Ford Escape with the rearview camera. I think it is standard on the 2014 models.

I generally get more flustered(read irritated) while hooking and backing with an assistant. AND Since I am the only one to tow and hook/unhook...I luv it. No more arguments before we are even unhooked!

Once it is hooked up and the 4-pin(or 7, if modified) is connected the system recognizes that a trailer is attached. (At least on the model I have) Therefore, there is no beeping while backing in to set up.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:18 PM   #35
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I also use the rear view mirror for trailer level, the rock shield latches line up with a rear antenna line in the rear window when the trailer's level.
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But what do you do if the car isnt level or actually know it is?
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:16 AM   #36
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Carol, I'm always looking for information. The relationship between the Honda's rear window and the trailer's front window suggest they are in the same plane. This is a left over from the time before we added tire pressure sensors to the trailer.

I try to monitor the state of trailer, tow vehicle and traffic, not from fear but responsibility.
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Charlie, Nice! Another question about your photo - is the front stabilizer (at least that's what it looks like) a one-piece that stabilizes both sides? Factory-install, or owner modification? We've got the back taken care of, but I'm still toying with different options for stabilizing the front a bit more. Something simple, quick and easy. A frame-mounted scissor jack on each side would work, but do you have a better suggestion? Dale
Dale,
I've got a couple of BAL single arm jacks on the front; I think what you may think is a stabilizer is actually my WDH with the arm unfolded.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #38
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The factory reverse camera and alert system in my Ford pickup is the cat's meow. It makes backing much safer and easier. You push a button on the steering wheel to turn the beeper off when backing a trailer.
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The relationship between the Honda's rear window and the trailer's front window suggest they are in the same plane. .
Thanks Norm when you are backing into a site that has a fairly evenly sloped equally front front to back & side to side I can see how your system works but my question was how do you know the trailer is level in situations where the site level changes from side to side depending on whether you are at the front of the site or the rear of the site? It seems to me using your method that if the line on the rear window isnt aligned with the window on the trailer, it could be two things - either the trailer isnt level or the car isnt. Do you have quick way of determining that? Perhaps a level in the car as well or do you still need to get out of the car and look a the levels on the trailer as most of us do?
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I only use that feature when driving down the road. I'd use it to see if a tire on the trailer was going low on either side. Never happened so I don't know if it would have worked. I will say it gives me an idea about trailer bounce on rough roads.

When backing into a site I simply focus on the imaginary 'back in arc'. Ginny always gets out before I move the trailer and provides another level of guidance. choosing the parking spot, and is reponsible for determining if we need to 'block' one side or the other.

We carry our blocks in the back bumper box. She gets them, places them and tells me when located on the block.

We have a side level, a front level and a bubble level on the tongue.
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When backing into a site I simply focus on the imaginary 'back in arc'. Ginny always gets out before I move the trailer and provides another level of guidance. choosing the parking spot, and is reponsible for determining if we need to 'block' one side or the other.
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LOL Heres to Ginny. figured you had to have a slightly more accurate way of determining if the trailer was really level other than lining up the rear window lines to the trailers window.
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The rear window is only for highway driving. Ginny also is the final check before most lane changes. She's at least as alert as I am on the road. She's really a very good partner, actually in everything. I know I'm lucky and we're both happy on the road..
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