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Old 12-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #15
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I can't see my hitch when hooking up - until I tilt my rear view mirror down, then I can see everything and zip right in. I readjust the mirror after unhooking so I can see where I've been...

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Old 12-05-2014, 12:20 PM   #16
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I have a tool box and can't see the hitch. However, practice is all it takes. I never could see the hitch, and after a while it's very easy. Just hook up every day for fun, and you'll be a pro.
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X2 It really isn't rocket science.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #18
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I too had difficulty seeing the king pin and the jaws of the hitch due to having a new SB. I resolved the issue as I have with our other 5er by making a simple "L" bracket and mounting a 3" - 4" round convex mirror high on the pin box.

Now as I back up to the pin box I can see both the jaws and the king pin lining up and guide myself in...just an idea....
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:06 AM   #19
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My Grandpa years ago installed a small antenna on the kingpin and the toolbox it worked well for min he was 5'4".

When I get my new truck I will just look at the rear view mirror and look directly at the bed with the camera! Can't wait!
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:24 AM   #20
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I guess I don't understand why, with no obstructions like a tool box, why it's so difficult to see the hitch and pin - but it must be for some. Sobeit!! The last truck was a SB and yes, I did have to raise myself some in the seat but could still see the hitch and the pin even though it wasn't an extended pin box on the old 5er as the new one has. The new LB truck - it is better though

One thing that I've found that will make it easier is to ensure the hitch pad is fairly level both fore and aft as well as side to side with maybe a little high bias on the rear side of that hitch so you can see the angled area. Other then that - just get more experience (and maybe retrain the DW)
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A very low cost method would be to: Place a piece of yellow tape on the tail gate and bed of truck. This would be centered on the opening of the hitch capturing jaws. I would also paint the jaws white or some color to insure that you can see that the king pin has engaged fully and the jaws has closed around the pin.

Now when backing up you align the king pin with the yellow tape and keep the king pin centered on the tape until the king pin engages with the hitch jaws. You should be able to see the tape from your review mirror to align the king pin with the hitch jaws.

Just a cheap and easy method for hooking up.

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That's what I did, in a modified way. I hitched up, placed a piece of reflective tape on the pin box, another on the back window-inline with the pin box tape. I can see both with my bed light on if hitching in the dark too.
The small PEAK BU cameras work well too, according to my friend.
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Practice, Practice, Practice
EXACTLY..... Find what works for you and practice, practice, practice.
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How will practice help when he can't see the hitch?
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I can't see the hitch in the rear view or out the back window, partly because of my roll up bed cover. But my fiver has a mirrored insert under the nose, so I can see the final foot of movement, so someone's suggestion of a mirror is a good one. Just remember, if the mirror looks like you need to go right, you really need to go left.
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How will practice help when he can't see the hitch?
So, what do you suppose semi drivers do when there is a sleeper on the truck? For them there is no possible way to see the pin. I also am one that cannot see the hitch when I hook up since I have a roll up tonneau cover. You learn to use the mirrors and where to have things in them to line up the pin. That is why I said "practice, practice, practice".
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X2, I was one of those semi drivers never had to "see" the pin if everything is lined up in the mirror you are good to go.
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As a follow up, I purchased a nice firm foam seat cushion, now I sit high enough that I can turn around a bit and see the 5th wheel hitch, the cushion also helps with the sciatic nerve problem I seem to have down the back of my leg. Now I'll just practice, practice and more practice hooking up the 5th wheel. Thanks again to all that contributed, great advice and suggestions.
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