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Old 12-05-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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5th Wheel hook up assistance

Does anyone out there use any type of mirror or alignment device to assist in hooking up your 5th wheel? Its hard to see the hitch in the bed, so I was wondering what you all do when you are hitching up your 5ers alone

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Old 12-05-2015, 10:13 AM   #2
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That's one of the things I really like about the Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection. I can see everything, and hit it right on the money the first time, every time.

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Old 12-05-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
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I use a magnetic camera that sets on bed cover and the receiver plugs into my cigarette lighter port. It lets me watch the hitch connect in real time. Works very, very well.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #4
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I simply use the center of the backrest for the back seat between the headrest looking in the rear view mirror. Gotta' look again but, I think there is a loop for something on the back seat that is in the center to line up with the pin box. Usually hit it pretty close as long as I am coming up to it almost straight back. Aften, I stop, get out and, look before I continue on back. Sometimes, I adjust the pin height a little.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:47 AM   #5
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Just googled it and looks like there are lots of options
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:07 PM   #6
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I spent about $4 on a ballpoint pen sized telescoping magnet. I stick it on the front edge of the hitch and center it on the second E in REESE on the pin box.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:20 PM   #7
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I can see mine from the cab. I painted a Yellow line on the hitch and receiver. I can line them up easily each time.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:24 PM   #8
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My hitch has a white sticker with a black arrow on the top of it. I just line it up to the hitch pin and never miss. I use my rear view mirror to see the sticker.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:58 AM   #9
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I put a red arrow made of 2 inch tape down the center of the 5th wheel pin box. I also put a small piece of red tape on the rear truck window that lines up with the pin box when I am seated looking through my mirror. Simple, less than a dollar in materials and works every time.

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Old 12-06-2015, 07:52 AM   #10
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Similar to Cosmic's solution I bought a pair of magnetic telescoping hitch aids for my first TT bumper-pull from Harbor Freight. They were terrible. I discovered putting one on the hitch plate is a perfect allignment tool. Watching with the rear view and aligning the rod with the center of the pin I hit it every time. When the rod begins to tip over I know I'm about to close the jaws.


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