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Old 12-11-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried this gadget? If so, does it work and work well? Never Miss Hitch System
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:18 PM   #2
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Another back-up idea

I found this on fgrv. I plan on giving it a try (in an empty parking area), of course.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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There are all kinds of gimmicks out there. Some even work. Most are a waste of $. My truck came with a factory back-up camera. I find that after a bit of practice to get used to the camera picture, I can back up the truck to the correct location on the first try, nearly every time, and with no inputs from a spotter. Works much better than most of the hitch alignment gadgets being sold.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:29 PM   #4
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I was going to bring one of these magnetic yellow tennis ball aids to give away at the rally.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:03 PM   #5
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Has anyone tried this gadget? If so, does it work and work well? Never Miss Hitch System
Lots of pieces to misplace.
I have the telescoping balls that you align and they worked quite well. Have graduated to backup camera.

What the Never Miss doesn't do is make sure the ball and hitch are at the proper height. So you're still gonna have to get out and check.
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I never had luck with the yellow tennis balls, seemed the truck or the trailer were always cocked a little different from each other. I've got a set you can have if you want, you pay shipping.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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I never had luck with the yellow tennis balls, seemed the truck or the trailer were always cocked a little different from each other. I've got a set you can have if you want, you pay shipping.
Me neither. But Glenn is right about the levels. I just wondered if anyone had that gizmo, how well it worked for them. I have the hitch camera, and because of depth perception issues, I still hop in and out. Good exercise.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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I use the tongue twister and find it quite helpful. As long as I am within about 3" one way or the other, you use the included socket wrench to move the trailer into position. Not much more expensive than the tongue ball, and the 19' Escape is too heavy to move safely by hand.
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On the F150 tailgate camera I found the big black target line, that I can't disable, so big I couldn't see the hitch until I could use full zoom.
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On the F150 tailgate camera I found the big black target line, that I can't disable, so big I couldn't see the hitch until I could use full zoom.
Might the dealer to disable the grid, just a hardware jumper or a software setup in the camera. I disabled my aftermarket camera grid as I don't use it for hitching - just a full rear view to not need mirror extensions.
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