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Old 08-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hitchin' up

The topic of how to single-handedly back up to align the tow vehicle ball to the hitch has been discussed before. I believe I've found a cheap solution: http://www.etrailer.com/p-53410.htm

I saw it on a "What Is It?" segment on 'Ask This Old House" months ago, and it's taken about as long to actually find the product and a vendor!

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Old 08-13-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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Re: Hitchin' up

I actually made my own.. using old rabbit ears magnets & balls.. but I've seen them at Wal-mart, Kragen, Pep-Boy autoshops..
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:00 PM   #3
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Re: Hitchin' up

We just got a set. They are great!!!
Happy hitching!
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:08 AM   #4
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Re: Hitchin' up

We picked up a set with "flashing LED lights" from Princess Auto. I think they were on sale for $20.

I have seen Doug use them, and they seem to work okay...me....I haven't tried them yet. I figure if I at least back the vehicle in close to the trailer--he does the rest!!!! I pack the fridge and food and my clothes, he does his clothes and hooks up the trailer..
Then I am all ready to drive to the skytrain station and pick him up from work...then I drive the first 50 miles or so...

Works for me..... I CAN drive on the freeway!!!!
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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Re: Hitchin' up

I really like the concept and would like to get some, but I doubt my husband would use them. I think he prefers the "yelling at wife" method!
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Old 08-14-2009, 03:32 PM   #6
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Re: Hitchin' up

C'mon Cheryl, us guys need to at least get a little payback.

I have never really needed help. Aliigning is done by looking at the trailer in the mirrors and knowing you are aimed straight. It does take one or two looks to make sure the distance is fine. All that said, my new Pilot has a backup camera. I do find I am starting to rely on it, I still have to confirm final distance, and what is shown in the wide angle view is not always obvious.
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