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Old 06-11-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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5er connection

Just bought a 5er after two TT. I do not have right eye vision so backing up to connect to hitch is a neck strainer, anyone have experience using an aftermarket backup camera to aid in alignment hookup?

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Old 06-11-2016, 08:14 PM   #2
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What I do is line up the bars on the rear window with the pin looking at them in the rear view mirror from your normal driving position. That way you are looking from the center of the truck to the center of the trailer. I have three vertebra held together with a piece of titanium so I understand about the twisting around to see.

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Old 06-13-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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We do use the tailgate mounted camera until close enough to drop the tailgate.
I also put a bright reflective vertical strip in the center of the king pin head.
Then, I usually set a medium orange traffic safety cone in the center rear of the bed. Gate down, when the cone gets to the king-pin using the inside mirror it's lined up perfectly. DW has aced this every time, leaving me to tend to the other hitching tasks.

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Old 06-15-2016, 11:58 AM   #4
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I have left eye vision problems so do understand your dilemma.

As far as hook up, I can see our 5ers hitch in the truck's bed as well as the kingpin using the regular windshield mounted mirror. I also have pulled all three of the head restraints for way better unobstructed vision as the back seat of my truck is only used for our two pups - no people.

You could also consider a backup camera plus paint the king pin a bright color, plus add a reflective stripe to help with depth perception. Adding a bed light may help too.
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:04 PM   #5
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I did kinda as the others have done....I painted a yellow strip just above king pin and another one on the back of the hitch (side facing me). I just back up and line the stripes up.
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