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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shearbolt, Jan 20, 2004.
I hate trying to hitch the trailer up. Do these work well.
I use years and years of practice! I have seen them, but never tired them.
Most of mine are easy to hook up to. One is a royal pain. You have to be dead on.
I haven't used one but I also hate hooking up my trailer. It never takes me less than five times to get lined up. I don't think those "V" shaped ones would work for a loaded tandem but would probably be allright for a single axle with little tounge weight. I've always wanted to mount a mirror. Another way would be to mount two rods that meet each other when it is lined up right.
I've never used one. Just make a mental notes of what the back corner of your truck looks like in your drivers side rear view mirror when it's hooked up, and how it lines up with the trailer. Then every time you're backing up just aim for the same exact point. I can usually get it within an inch of dead center every time.
I painted a small stripe on the center of my tailgate, then with the tailgate down, line the stripe up with the jack on the trailer. When you disconnect the trailer, jack it up just high enough so the ball rubs when you pull out. Then when you go to hook it up, you can feel it rub so you know when to stop. Also, you'll get used to the distance from the tailgate to the jack.
I've got a big dent in my tailgate right in the middle, and that's what I always use. It doesn't usually take me very long to hook it up, but I've thought of using a mirror on the trailer to see better as well.
I just align the outside of the wheel well flares with the outside of the trailer walls (enclosed its easier I would think).
80% of the time I;m right under the hitch. My problem is never knowing if I'm an inch too far back or an inch too far forward....that part I get right only about 2 out of 10 times....ticks me off because I'm too damn dumb to get that part right
I saw a guy pulling a travel trailer that had a convex mirror on the front of it the other day. I got to talking to him and he uses it for hitching as well as keeping an eye on everything while going down the road. Not a bad idea.
That is a really great idea! I had thought of buying th E Z hitch but I am going to try that first. I think I will do it today. No yards to mow.
"I've got a big dent in my tailgate right in the middle, and that's what I always use."
I didn't have a dent to use so I had to settle for a stupid stripe.