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Old 10-09-2017, 06:40 PM   #1
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Any Hitch-up Hints and Techniques?

Hi folks;

You know the routine . . . backup, get out and eyeball, pull forward 1 inch, get out and eyeball, back up 1/2 inch . . . repeat, repeat, repeat.

Surely some of you must have some techniques for backing up to the trailer hitch and nailing it every time (you must, I hope!).

If you do, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hi folks;

You know the routine . . . backup, get out and eyeball, pull forward 1 inch, get out and eyeball, back up 1/2 inch . . . repeat, repeat, repeat.

Surely some of you must have some techniques for backing up to the trailer hitch and nailing it every time (you must, I hope!).

If you do, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
BTW, like IPA?

Chuck
We purchased a I Ball . I am kind of on a incline at home and absolutely love this product . It is a camera that is magnetized so it stays on the stinger real well . Plug the moniter into 12 volt and I get lined up right every time May half to go forward 1/2 in or so and that's it . Pat
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:11 PM   #3
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The most accurate is a full time back up camera on the tow vehicle. I had that with my RAV4 & it made hooking up a snap.

The Tacoma has a built in back up camera, but only "lights up" when the truck is in reverse. Works, but it would be nice to see what is happening when you pull forward. There is a kit that lets you turn on the camera anytime with a switch, but it requires the removal of the entertainment center to install. I'm not going there!
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Fifteen years of towing a Scamp as a bumper pull... taught me that the in-out-move left-now move right... was my exercise for the day! THEN, I realized all I needed to do was look in both of my side rear view mirrors and make certain I could see an equal amount of the Scamp on both sides! Didn't help a whole lot for how close I was to the ball, but it sure helped a bunch. Then, I just eyeballed how much further I needed to back up... 12", got back in the truck, looked over at my left shoulder and figured 12" on the ground.. backed up that amount. SCORE!

In the end, it's all about practice and patience. You'll get it, I did
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I had a Mrs and hand signals. Can be kind of expensive though.
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I use this camera available from etrailer.com
I had to glue a metal disc to my spare tire cover as it has a magnetic mount and most of my RAV4 where I want to mount it is plastic.
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:29 PM   #7
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I had a Mrs and hand signals. Can be kind of expensive though.
Ha! Yeah . . . the old "I meant whoa, not go!"
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:35 PM   #8
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Fifteen years of towing a Scamp as a bumper pull... taught me that the in-out-move left-now move right... was my exercise for the day! THEN, I realized all I needed to do was look in both of my side rear view mirrors and make certain I could see an equal amount of the Scamp on both sides! Didn't help a whole lot for how close I was to the ball, but it sure helped a bunch. Then, I just eyeballed how much further I needed to back up... 12", got back in the truck, looked over at my left shoulder and figured 12" on the ground.. backed up that amount. SCORE!

In the end, it's all about practice and patience. You'll get it, I did
Right on, Donna! This is just the technique I'm working on. Thanks!

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Old 10-09-2017, 07:42 PM   #9
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Rear view camera on your tow vehicle. ETI also put a green/yellow reflective piece of tape on the hitch cover thingie that goes over the hitch ball. I can see it in the camera and I've learned exactly where to stop so it's over the hitch ball on the truck. Another camera might have a slightly different spot. I do better getting it lined up on my own than when Dirk is there to direct me. I'm going to ignore him in the future and tell him to stand out of the way. I think seeing him in the camera distracts me.

Lower the trailer with the electric jack and it's over the hitch ball. I usually will pull forward (or back) a teeny tiny bit and the cover thingie gets seated enough that I can close and lock it.

I do get out to double check the trailer is up high enough so I don't bang in to it with the hitch ball. Did that once. Yeah, double check that height when you get close to it.

And yeah, it gets lots easier with practice. At first I was getting in and out of the truck a million times. Now I'm down to usually two or three times and I impress the heck out of myself when that happens. (I'm doing this on my own most of the time as Dirk isn't with me.)
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We purchased a I Ball . I am kind of on a incline at home and absolutely love this product . It is a camera that is magnetized so it stays on the stinger real well . Plug the moniter into 12 volt and I get lined up right every time May half to go forward 1/2 in or so and that's it . Pat
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