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Old 04-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hitch Alignment Aids

Since I will usually be traveling solo I'd like some opinions about hitch helpers such as mirror systems, tennis ball on magnetic antennas, or any other methods I haven't heard of. A camera is probably the best method but before I spring for that I'd like to hear if there's something that's cheaper but still effective. If cheap fails I'd like to go wireless so would love to hear recommendations of reliable wireless camera systems too.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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I don't travel alone, but really like the hitching rods from Camper World. I have used these to hook up several times when Lindy was not helping. True confessions: we tow with a Toyota Sienna, and it really easy to align the ball and the hitch when the hatch is open :-)
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I tried wireless & wasn't all that pleased with the reliability. Still, there are some that work. In any case, I went with a wired system with a camera on the trailer & one on the RAV4. The system was from Rear View Safety & has preformed well over the last two years.
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I sure like the rear camera built into my Pilot, it makes it a one shot deal hooking up. Still with other vehicles over the years I learned how to get close first try, but still often had to do one or two additional maneuvers after the first attempt.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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I use the yellow, extending "tennis" balls for my 15B. I've found it easy to get very close with them.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:17 PM   #7
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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We used the tennis ball type hitch alignment device when we towed with our Forester, and it worked okay. With our Highlander I just open the back hatch, back up toward the trailer, and can get within a few inches before getting out of the car and checking and making the final approach -- works very well. We do have a rear view camera on our Highlander also but I have never trusted it with hitching. At the beginning my wife tried to assist me in hitching up, but it seems a lot easier on both of us if I do it on my own. It is my fault. I have difficulty understanding, "No, no! Turn the other way!"
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"No, no! Turn the other way!"
I find the best way is to put duct tape over the assistant's mouth and just have them use hand gestures (the friendly kind).
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
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I generally hitch up solo and used a combo of Hitchin Rod and the Swift Hitch Wireless back up camera. Works every time!

I recently have added a cap on my truck so I don't know if the rods will still work. I also added a rear view mirror back up camera system. (I'll use the Swift Hitch camera for the trailer). If the distance is too far to get a decent reception for the Swift Hitch, I'll probably add a Rear View backup camera to the rear of the Escape.
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