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Old 08-10-2012, 05:15 PM   #31
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Now i have a bigger trailer and a truck so I have to find a different way to solo hook up. The tape idea sounds good but I have a cover on my truck bed so I have to think of something else. Where did that guy get the $80.00 back up camera?
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #32
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DW lines up the Leer emblem with our TT's verticle crease in its center front and comes within 4 - 6 inches, then I'll stop her with the clenched fist sign and drop the coupler. We don't even use the 2-ways we thought would help. No sound necessary. She drove professionally for 35 years. She really knows where her cars and trucks are!
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:25 AM   #33
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X2 – Mainenbula on the foot trick.

I initially back up with my head twisted over my right shoulder and line my sight up with what I estimate is the center of the tailgate. I back up to what I think is about three feet from the tung. I get out and look and decide how much I need to shift from side to side. Then I leave the drive’s door open until I am in the correct position and never look at my mirrors. I use my foot to estimate when I am a foot from the hitch while turning the wheel to compensate for how much I need to shift over. I get out again and decide how much I need to shift from side to side and how far I have to go. Jump back in and use my foot to estimate my distance. If I do it right, I am right on. If not, I usually just need to back up another inch or so. I have NEVER had to pull forwards and try again.

Now my DW told me about how my brother and sister in-law backed up last weekend while we were camping together. He backed up she would only tell him to keep coming back and then tell him to stop. Then she would tell him to move forwards because he was 6” to far over. They did this over and over. What I thought was funny is they have a light popup, which you only need to be “close” and push the trailer onto the ball.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:54 PM   #34
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I use the ropes from my kayaks

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Now i have a bigger trailer and a truck so I have to find a different way to solo hook up. The tape idea sounds good but I have a cover on my truck bed so I have to think of something else. Where did that guy get the $80.00 back up camera?
they are hanging down anyways and normally don't secure them till the
trailer is hooked up. I centre one on the ropes on my tonneau cover, and line
it up with the small piece of tape on the propane cover. Once I'm hooked up
I finish tying on the kayaks. Nothing left on cover. Takes me less than 2 minutes
this way.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:25 PM   #35
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I use the magnetic sticks and they work fine. I can back up until the one on the trailer falls then I know I am far enough back.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #36
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I bought a $75 DOLLAR backup camera on ebay that I like really well. My gps system has a video input so I run the backup camera into the gps system. Worth every bit of the money. You can buy a cheap round mirror on the end of a magnet on a short pole and put it on the trailer tongue. I used one of those for years but would not trade my backup camera in for nothing.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:35 AM   #37
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This is what I do and it is the tryed and true method of 99% of all campers across the entire world.....................
get out, get in and move...get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move.....cuss....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move...get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move...get out, get in and move...cuss...get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move...cuss some more....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move...Blame DW.......get out, get in and move......get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move...cuss more yet.....get out, get in and move......get out, get in and move........get out, get in and move.....get out, get in and move....
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I used to use a mirror on the end of a magnetic pole. Worked ok. However, I picked up an inexpensive backup camera for $75 on ebay that had an audio feed that I hooked in to my gps system. Works great and I would not trade it for anything.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #39
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I got sick of getting in and out of the car, pulling up, and back, etc. Back up camera works great. Worth every penny. I also use the back up camera when I am alone backing up the camper. I ran 12V out to the bumper of the camper and just plug it in.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #40
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When I'm alone, I just eye it up by centering the the tailgate with the center of the TT as best as I can. It usually takes a combined total of 5-6 forwards/reverses/jumping in and out of the cab to get it lined up enough to connect. I don't really think I'll ever get to the point of acing it every time (I have my good days and bad days), but it will probably never take any more than 10 minutes to connect.
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