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Old 12-08-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Eyes in the back of my head!!

How frustrating is it attempting to hitch onto my Spartan! Has anyone ever purchased a Couple Mate trailer hitch guide. Bass Pro sells one for around $50, and I guess my question is, does it work or is there a better option, rear camera, etc. Give some feedback since I don't have "eyes in the back of my head".

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Haven't tried one of those. What I have done for the last 10 years at work is. Find a point at center of trailer. Place my head at center of truck while backing. Then line up center of truck tailgate with center point on trailer. Back up to about a foot from hitch. Stop get out and verify I'm lined up. Adjust as needed then back up another 6 inches. Verify adjustments are working. Then back up last 6 inches. Also when availible a second set of eyes to direct at hitch speeds this up . I have hooked to and unhooked from as many as 5 trailers a day at work.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:03 PM   #3
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How frustrating is it attempting to hitch onto my Spartan! .....................I guess my question is, does it work or is there a better option, rear camera, etc.
If you were to install a rear view camera and display then you would not only be able to hitch up easier but the camera would be provide just plain ole backing up help too.
But, you can use Corsair's method for less money.
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Whatever you do, don't buy the magnetic flourescent sticks that go on the ball & the hitch. Big waste of money. Used 'em, maybe, twice 8 years ago. Now they sit in a box in my basement.

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Go to harbor freight and buy their inexpensive hitching guide. It has two magnetic bases that have telescoping poles on them to the top of which is affixed bright yellow tennis balls.

Stick one on top of the tongue's mouth and one right behind the ball on the stinger back up till the balls are lined up and stop when they're touching (May take a little practice with placement to get it perfect every time, but far easier than guessing distances).

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Pep Boys and other auto parts stores are selling a back up camera system for under $100. I bought one from Auto Zone and installed it on my motorhome.
The camera is built in to a license plate bracket which did not work for me so I mounted it higher and it is fine. The camera needs power at the rear of the vehicle, back-up lights, etc can provide this. The monitor plugs into a cig. lighter and has a suction cup mount. Wireless from camera to monitor.
There are 2 sizes of monitors, neither are very big but do work.
I tow my wife's Tracker sometimes and it is nice to be able to check on it when driving. I have the camera and monitor powered off a toggle switch.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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P165 Wired Reversing IR Camera w/ 7 LCD Car Monitor [P165 ecbuys] - US$91.99

I'm looking at this one...seems like a great deal
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Hummmmm fellows and whats the wife doing all the time youre trying to hook up put her to work a few hand signs and arway you go.
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A neighbor had a good system on his boat trailer. On a post immedately behind and in line with the trailer hitch, he installed a large truck-type outside rear-view mirror, angled at 45 degrees. It was at a height that showed the hitch on the trailer.

It gave him enough field of view that he could watch in the truck mirror as he approached and line up exactly. I think he had some cross-hairs painted on the mirror to help.

Total cost was maybe 20% that of a back-up video, not to mention nothing needed in the truck.

He could get the truck ball within about a quarter inch of the trailer hitch, single-handed.
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Walmart sells a wireless camera/monitor kit for 50 bucks. Would be fairly easy to set up for that purpose. Also works at night
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Whatever you do, don't buy the magnetic flourescent sticks that go on the ball & the hitch. Big waste of money. Used 'em, maybe, twice 8 years ago. Now they sit in a box in my basement.

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I used those all the time when hooking up to my boat.
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