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Old 05-30-2010, 07:51 PM   #61
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

The guy said he found the mirror at a yard sale. But, it should be pretty easy to get the parts at any automotive store. Take a picture to the guy (or girl) at the front of the store, and ask, "do you have the stuff to build one of these?". They love that kind of thing! (Do not try at "Stuff-Mart" however)
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:04 PM   #62
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

I made my own ( similar ) mirror apparatus ( pix over on FGRV somewhere ) for hitching, but it's now retired. It's bulky compared to my new store-bought system which fits anywhere you might care to store it.

I've replaced my creation with the commercially available telescoping rods. They have a magnet on the bottom, and a ball ( or on mine an LED ). You stick one on the hitch ball and one one the hitch. You keep them lined up as you reverse. When you get to the hitch, the rod on the hitch ball is knocked off the hitch and you know you are right on. You do still have to check that you have the hitch at the proper height for the ball.

Mine is called Easy-Hitch by Jacko Enterprises
Go here to download a PDF on the unit: http://www.shopdragonsden.com/product.php?id=33

A similar system can be found at etrailer.com for less money ( no LED ).

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Old 05-30-2010, 10:35 PM   #63
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

I think we picked ours up @ Princess Auto. Under $20
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:32 AM   #64
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

OK, I admit it - something is wrong with me. I now have my second telescoping rod hitching aid and it doesn't help me at all. It gets me within a couple of inches of where I need to be, but I could do that by guessing or having somebody just tell me when I'm close. When I follow the directions, and stop when the rod is knocked off the trailer, it is not lined up correctly - this is especially true if there is any angle at all between the trailer and the tow vehicle. Also, when I put the vehicle in park (even with the emergency brake), there is almost always a roll of a couple of inches - too much to permit hitching the trailer.

I did like the product that replaces the hitch with the jaws that look to be quite forgiving, but it is not worth the $500 to have the hitch changed out. So, hitching the trailer remains a nightmare for me. Perhaps it is the Alaska mosquitos that are attracted like magnets (I guess that's a pun) when I try to hitch the trailer. Or it could just be my incompetence. But does anybody have a fresh idea of how to make this easier?
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:07 PM   #65
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

I have a back up camera on my Tacoma and it sure works slick.
You can pick up after market ones to put on any vehicle for about
a hundred bucks. Then with a little practice (to figure out the camera's
depth perception) you should be able to line it up in seconds.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #66
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

I use those telescoping tennis balls to line up solo, and this works like a champ over and over again. :
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

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OK, I admit it - something is wrong with me. I now have my second telescoping rod hitching aid and it doesn't help me at all. It gets me within a couple of inches of where I need to be, but I could do that by guessing or having somebody just tell me when I'm close. When I follow the directions, and stop when the rod is knocked off the trailer, it is not lined up correctly - this is especially true if there is any angle at all between the trailer and the tow vehicle. Also, when I put the vehicle in park (even with the emergency brake), there is almost always a roll of a couple of inches - too much to permit hitching the trailer.

I did like the product that replaces the hitch with the jaws that look to be quite forgiving, but it is not worth the $500 to have the hitch changed out. So, hitching the trailer remains a nightmare for me. Perhaps it is the Alaska mosquitos that are attracted like magnets (I guess that's a pun) when I try to hitch the trailer. Or it could just be my incompetence. But does anybody have a fresh idea of how to make this easier?
I don't know why the telescoping aid isn't working for you. Works every time for me. I just have to check that the hitch is high enough to go over the ball. I place one magnetic rod on the ball and the other on the flat part just behind the locking mechanism on the trailer. When the one on the ball falls off, I am lined up within a 1/4 inch.

But, you always have to put on your parking brake before you shift to park so you don't roll that inch or two.

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Old 08-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #68
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

We use the telescoping tennis balls as well.
Ditto what baglo said regarding the process, results, & watch out for hitch height...
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Hi: dlehman... Escape is always building 5.0s Every thing is in plain sight and at eye level Alf
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

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I made my own ( similar ) mirror apparatus ( pix over on FGRV somewhere ) for hitching, but it's now retired. It's bulky compared to my new store-bought system which fits anywhere you might care to store it.
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Glen, I posted a picture of it here: http://escapeforum.org/index.php?top...sg2866#msg2866 I still like the idea of the mirror and will make one for myself.
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