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Old 08-15-2010, 09:30 PM   #71
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

I "finally" hitched ours up all by myself---used the little telescoping rods and they worked great..
So I hooked it all up--filled water tanks etc, drove to where we were going--Backed in (thats a first!!!)) unhooked and set it all up--then this morning got the awningin and all hooked up to the car etc--did all the emptying of the tanks...But Doug drove home!!!!
But finally I said I wanted to do it all --I have helped many times but not been in charge... Now to still practice that backing up...Then there'll be no stopping me!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:14 PM   #72
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

You need to practice yelling at the person who is supposed to be directing you.

I've tried explaining to the Old Bag that she should not stand directly behind the trailer....that if I can't see her in the mirror, I can't follow directions. And when I do see her in the mirror and she appears to be bird watching or conversing with a neighbor, I lose confidence in the process.

My buddy Keath, on the other hand, drives his own trailer. And, I have to explain to him that I don't want him to indicate which way to turn my steering wheel ( for one thing, I'm looking in the mirror so am I supposed to do the opposite? ). I just want him to point the direction he wants the trailer to go.

I learned that if you grasp the steering wheel at the bottom and your helper points to the left, you turn the wheel to the left and everything follows as it should. You don't have to think. ( note that if you grip the wheel at the top, you would have to turn the wheel to the right to achieve the same result, and that's too many things to think about ).

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:42 AM   #73
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

He was very calm (and yes, I tend to look around and not be a good "director")--so maybe this will help.

I did the hands at thebottom of the steering wheel, and we had the windows open__ I kept getting out and checking--good old BC parks and their large rocks and trees!!
No damage to either Escape!! LOL
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:04 AM   #74
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Hi: amirie..."Good on ya mate". Down here in Ontario specially in the Provincial Pks. they make it a challenge by hiding the rocks and tree stumps in long grass beside the roads into the sites. The better you become the more you'll love a "Challenge". Alf
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:11 AM   #75
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

As Alf said, it all else fails, get a 5.0. I was hooking up yesterday AM in Lancaster, PA, while the guy next to me was sitting there watching. I positioned the front end at about the right height, backed up the truck, "clank" went the lock arm, on went the breakaway switch cable, the electrical got plugged in, the front legs got retracted, and off we went. The fellow next door had his jaw hanging in amazement, saying "that was so EASY!". Yep, and I love it! Thanks Rease and Tammy for a fiberglass 5.0 extraordinary!
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:47 PM   #76
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

We have a 13' and I just get it close and pull the trailer to the hitch!

Small IS better. LOL
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:17 PM   #77
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

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We have a 13' and I just get it close and pull the trailer to the hitch!

Small IS better. LOL
Thats the technique I used when we had our teardrop .
When we bought our Scamp I started using one of these:
http://hitchhelpermirror.com/
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