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Old 10-01-2014, 10:26 PM   #71
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Perhaps its been suggested already but before I had a camera I used a method that worked for me. I backed up to something close, got out and visualized the position and the offsets needed to correct it. I put a penny on the ground next to the drivers door and left the door open and watched the penny. The left/rignt corrections took some learning but the backing distance difference is easy to judge.

I use the cheaper method: pick out a distinctive characteristic on the ground like a pebble, or a spot on the asphalt that's a different color.
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:07 AM   #72
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My son & I are quite the team. The wife on this = fighting. When the kid moves out of the house, I'm getting those magnetic tennis ball things.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:03 AM   #73
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If you happen to have two iphones avaiable there is an app called WiFi Camera. Using bluetooth, you can remotely see on one phone what the other phone's camera sees. Basically a $1 back-up camera (if you already have the hardware!)
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:25 AM   #74
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Where did you find a camera for $80.00?
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:33 AM   #75
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Where did you find a camera for $80.00?
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when you are asking someone a question you should use the quote feature so it is known who you are talking to. Since this thread is over 2 years old I did a simple search on amazon and found many. here is an example
http://www.amazon.com/AGPtek%C2%AE-L...=backup+camera
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:14 AM   #76
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I have hooked up to every trailer type there is, gooseneck, fifth wheel, ball, pintle, with a hundred different combinations.

Best thing to do is look at both side mirrors and have an even view of the trailer on both sides. that will line you up. Now distance can be determined by looking at relationship of bed of truck to trailer. If you tow often you can get within an inch of how close your TV should be to the trailer.

A good tip is to not lift the trailer completely off the ball when you pull TV away. let it push the truck down a bit until it clears. This way when you hook back up you can feel the truck squat a bit as you back under and you will be near perfectly lined up.

I can hook up a 30ft gooseneck in middle of winter with a full bed in under 3 minutes and be headed down the road.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:48 AM   #77
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My backup camera mounted in the tail gate of my truck works wonders for me...

With the view screen feet markers and centerline I can watch the trailer hitch ball move right under the trailer hitch first time everytime (Day or Night)..

GOOGLE Images similar to my rear camera view



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Even with my camera, folks still try to help me backup. I'm polite and pretend to follow their lead so as not to get hard feelings. My kids have helped me by doing hand signals right in front of the camera. But they still can't get the left/right position correct. Their response is usually "ok, stop, you're there. Just move over 4" to the left". The whole time I'm watching them in the camera trying to let them learn from their mistakes. To their credit, they are getting better.

It is quicker for me to do it myself. I back up until the ball almost touches the hitch, then get out and check tongue height, then get back in an finish backing up. THEN I SET THE PARKING BRAKE TO KEEP THE TRUCK FROM ROLLING 1-2 INCHES AFTER I GET OUT.

oh, did I mention to set the parking brake?
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:59 AM   #78
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A good tip is to not lift the trailer completely off the ball when you pull TV away. let it push the truck down a bit until it clears. This way when you hook back up you can feel the truck squat a bit as you back under and you will be near perfectly lined up.
This may not be a good practice as you could potentially damage something plus it wouldn't work for an RV generally because you would mostly likely always need to raise/lower it to level for camping after you unhitch
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THEN I SET THE PARKING BRAKE TO KEEP THE TRUCK FROM ROLLING 1-2 INCHES AFTER I GET OUT.

oh, did I mention to set the parking brake?
I'll only set the brake if I'm on an incline, otherwise, I want that play between the ball and socket so I don't get anything bound up. If I'm a little too far back, I just push forward on the truck while I lower the trailer onto the ball, if I'm a little too far forward, I just tug on the tail gate for the exact spot. In fact, just a hair too far forward is my preference, then when I lower the trailer onto the ball, I just let go of the truck and it leans forward and pulls the ball into the front of the socket which is just perfect. This completely eliminates any possibility of the ball and socket getting in a bind.
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Never thought much for back-up cameras until my current TV came with one. Now, I wouldn't be without one! Well worth the money!
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