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Old 05-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #11
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4. Lining up the hitch to hook up is hard by yourself

We purchased one of these iBall - $149.95, Free US & CDN Shipping, Wireless Trailer Hitch Camera €“ iBallhitchcam.com and my husband declares it's one of our best purchases. It's not cheap, but now he can hook up by himself, plus he discovered that by placing the camera on the ground when we're home and pointing it at the tires, he can even level/position the trailer with ease. We just have to be careful we don't drive off with it still attached ...
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:44 AM   #12
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3. Backing up is difficult if you haven't done it before. Especially with an audience.

We feel your pain. And it's worse when they start clapping after you finally finish.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:55 AM   #13
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Just curious... what leveler did you buy at O'Connor RV?


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It was a yellow one and cost around $30 as I recall. Worked fine. I will send a picture tonight from home.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:30 AM   #14
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thanks for your post, Hugh

#4 on lining up truck to trailer - we use poles (i dunno what they are really called) which magnetically attach to truck hitch and trailer hitch. these have helped a great deal. and its kind of fun to back up until you knock one of the poles off, thus indicating that you've backed up correctly. (although, I notice post #11 on this thread discusses a cool camera - but my poles would be way cheaper!)

and as others have noted the orientation video on ETI website has good directions about how to put up / take down the awning.

enjoy your 17b!

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Old 05-20-2015, 11:35 AM   #15
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For aligning the ball, we use the tongue twister. If you are within 3 inches or so, you are good to go. Not much more than a hitch ball and safer for your back. One less opportunity to get into an argument with a "helper."
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:13 PM   #16
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I bought one of those iBall cameras several months ago, since my Tundra doesn't have a back-up camera. The bluetooth on the Tundra interferes with the signal, and I haven't found how to turn off the bluetooth yet. It works great on the Tacoma, which has a back-up camera already, but no bluetooth.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:39 PM   #17
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4. Lining up the hitch to hook up is hard by yourself
I assume that your FJ does not have a back-up camera? The factory installed back-up camera in my 2011 FJ allows me to back in to the correct spot on my own with only a "stop and check moment" to confirm the final placement.
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:33 PM   #18
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I assume that your FJ does not have a back-up camera? The factory installed back-up camera in my 2011 FJ allows me to back in to the correct spot on my own with only a "stop and check moment" to confirm the final placement.
No backup camera in my 2007 FJ. It is one of the first ones to arrive in Calgary in May 2006, not sure if it was even an option back then. After 5 or 6 hookups I can now get it close enough after 3 or 4 attempts so I can live with that.
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That is an accomplishment given the field of view out the back of an FJ. Those pillars and the front windshield overhang is what took FJ off my list.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:24 PM   #20
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That is an accomplishment given the field of view out the back of an FJ. Those pillars and the front windshield overhang is what took FJ off my list.
The large blind spots in the FJ definitely takes getting used to. Is not too bad for me any more, I hardly ever hit anyone.
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