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Old 07-07-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Hitching to your 5th solo..

My DW's eyes are not great and as I have found out, hitching to our 5th is stressful for her however, she is a trooper and will continue to help.

I installed a sony rear cam and it is the second closest thing to useless I have found...it looks from the top read of my cab down to my 5th.

I do actually have a rear window but no rear view mirror.

I actually can get pretty close ..sighting down the back of my rig to a couple inches in on the 5th but is there anything I can do to get closer ? Any sort of product I can put on the 5th hitch and pin ? I tried florescent green paint but i I get with the darn back up camera is a glare or too dark..

Any body have any tips to help ?

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Old 07-07-2015, 03:30 PM   #2
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I didn't think there was any other way than to hook up by myself...
the wife usually has the dog and talking to our camping buddies while I'm working

You got to get a rear view mirror or some way to line up into the same place each time...
on my ford 350 I took the middle headrest out of the back seats and I could line up a fixed point with the 5er to learn where to go...
typically there is a few inches either way, (iirc, with my hitch it was 16 degrees either way)
but height is important too...

after a bit of practice it gets easier... you learn what to look for...

I also put some flourescent orange tape on the top on my 5er shock mount so I could see it easier...

here's some mirrors that might help or here or here

if u are in the dfw area, I actually have some from my forays into the 5er area that I don't need anymore...
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I have a folding hard tonneau cover, so all I did is paint a small white dot on the edge of my cover. Lign this dot up in my mirror puts me exactly on the pin every time.
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Thanks.

i cannot seem to get my profile to say that i am in Nova Scotia but in a couple of years..we hope to be wintering in your area And I drive a class 5 but the tape sounds intriguing..it would show better than paint. I am out tomorrow,,I shall try this .

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I have no rear window and no camera,line up the truck (bed) sides with the trailer walls -parallel - get out and look - (for height) and listen for the click click.
I do this alone more often then not ,the DW is home or otherwise occupied.

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So I am alone doing this...

Practice shall be the word..

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Old 07-07-2015, 07:01 PM   #7
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Don't over think it ,you will do fine.The hitch will not dodge the truck :-) you don't have to see it to know where it is.
The skill is not rare , or nobody could do it.
Make sure the trailer will be slightly lifted by the truck sliding under the plate -high hitching does not bare thinking about,then get out and look again - and tug test.
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This may help Magnetic Trailer Alignment Kit
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I have looked at these but I cannot see how it could be modded for a 5th...

Someone suggested some shiny tape...going to practice today

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Just like when u learned how to line up the right side of ur rig with the side of the road when learning to drive, find a reference point on ur truck that u can line up with something.
Way back in hi school, we learned 2 points determine a straight line so u just need a 3rd fixed one to make sure u are on that line

At first it will be trial and error, next time u are hooked up take a few pics of different views in ur morrors to find out what works best. Then sit in the same exact place and go for it ! Take as much time as u need - just small corrections are best
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Just out of curiosity grassy,you do know you have posted in the HDT section?

HDT 's are converted semi trucks.
Not a lot of activity here ,try on the 5er side or tow vehicles.
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Or, venture over here and see what the HDT's are all about....
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You can get a backup camera system that will mount to your bed. Check out Levithan Holdings on E-bay, he sells camera systems of all sizes. What I did was take one of his camera's and mounted it on a welders magnetic- 50lb- I think. Never moves and I have it positioned where I can see the latch arm close when I'm hooked.
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Since semi trailers are as wide as a fiver, how do you suppose semi drivers hook up all the time without any spotter? It really is not difficult. You use your mirrors.
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Pink duck tape and some practice... not an issue now
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