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Old 09-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Hooking up trailer

I have a 42' tag axle coach with a 24' enclosed trailer. My issue is hooking up the trailer by myself. I had rear camera adjusted to see hitch but then camera was useless going down the road. Any tips of best way to back up to trailer to hook up without damaging rear of the coach?
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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I have a similar problem. With the trailer connected and straight, I put a couple of small dots on the monitor that lined up with features on the trailer. It isn't perfect but it has gotten me right on or close enough for the last 7 years. The only time I need a spotter is when I have to connect at an angle.
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Second camera just for the hitch view.
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I will look into this option, I already have 3 cameras so don't know if my monitor will allow the 4th. Thanks.
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I will look into this option, I already have 3 cameras so don't know if my monitor will allow the 4th. Thanks.
Maybe a switch to change betwwen existing camera and hitch camera as needed. Or a separate wired or wireless camera and monitor system for the hitch.
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If it were me, I would just try one these or similar:
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Also, the "swinging" hitches might work, but have specific weight ratings

Stinger and Roll-a-Hitch...See here at hitch corner:
The Hitch Corner sells ball mounts for trailer hitches

Gets you close - like playing HorseShoes
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I painted my ball white and can see it better than a black ball. Haven't tried it yet, though, but it sure is easier to see in my back-up camera.
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