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Old 11-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #11
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I don't understand the front hitch concept. Seems to me that your view is blocked by the expanse of the front of the trailer. How do you see around it? At least the mirrors are off to the side and the trailer further back so you can see more than the rock guard while backing.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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Huh. Didn't think about that. I guess it would work for a low utility trailer---or if you had a camera installed on the back of the trailer.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #13
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Probably works for launching a boat ( but not a houseboat ).
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:17 PM   #14
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] If we switch to a trailer, I'm good with handling most of the backing, but I really don't want to become the primary driver.
Until recently I did all the driving. In the last year I have had the wife drive a lot more. I have worked with her a bit backing up too, and she is sorta getting the hang of it, though it is MUCH easier for me to just jump in a get it done lickety split.
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I don't understand the front hitch concept. Seems to me that your view is blocked by the expanse of the front of the trailer. How do you see around it? At least the mirrors are off to the side and the trailer further back so you can see more than the rock guard while backing.
The advantage is better control, as you have the steering wheels closer to the trailer axle. But your sight lines would most definitely be worse, not being able to see around the trailer with your mirrors. Something I definitely would not want to do.

This trailer reversing has been discussed many times before. Once you have done it lots, it just becomes second nature. I am not a fan of some of these tricks people use, I would rather they just learn to do it naturally, without having to think about them.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:56 PM   #15
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Bah... I'm single and totally responsible for the hitchin' and drivin' and the parkin'. No one is born with THAT gene. The absolute worst backing up and parking I've ever seen was NOT done by a female. Get over it. All of us need to learn and we learn at our own pace and with our own best ideas. The parking situation I have at home requires me to back in the trailer at an angle, slightly uphill and through a driveway gate. Haven't smacked anything yet. I go slow, slow, slow and if need be... get out and look. If it takes me 10 minutes or an hour... so what? I'll get it done and am proud when it's finally done. YMMV
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:15 PM   #16
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Bah... I'm single and totally responsible for the hitchin' and drivin' and the parkin'. No one is born with THAT gene.
I removed that offending part of my post. 'twas just me being a bit proud of my son was all, but wasn't on topic.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:35 PM   #17
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Be loud and proud! Nothing wrong with what you posted Jim, honestly. I just take exception when someone posted about a female or spouse or "wife," that's having problems. It's NOT about gender... truly.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:45 AM   #18
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I don't understand the front hitch concept. Seems to me that your view is blocked by the expanse of the front of the trailer. How do you see around it?
Good point, as usual.

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Probably works for launching a boat ( but not a houseboat ).
That makes sense, but I've never heard of anyone doing it. Boat launches don't seem like very challenging reversing scenarios compared to campsites and storage locations, and most people would rather dunk the rear than the front of their tug. Most times I've heard of front hitches being used to handle a trailer, it has been for tight manoeuvering into a parking location.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:27 AM   #19
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A lot of boat ramps are very slippery down by the water, and if you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, it can be tough getting even a very small the boat in and out. The front hitch lets you keep your drive wheels on an area with better traction.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #20
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A lot of boat ramps are very slippery down by the water, and if you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, it can be tough getting even a very small the boat in and out. The front hitch lets you keep your drive wheels on an area with better traction.
Good point... I supposed I'm accustomed to people having four wheel drive in tow vehicles (or front wheel drive) like our van. Pickup trucks are all over the place here, but it seems hard to find one that's only two wheel drive.
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