Backing Truck up to Trailer by Yourself

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by echeandia, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    So, the other day I had to disconnect my pickup from my trailer. It took me almost 15 minutes to get the ball lined up with the hitch when I was ready to reconnect. Is there some advice you guys have on getting the ball under the hitch when you are alone and don't have someone to guide you?
  2. packer101

    packer101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    i judge generally until i feel like im close, than get out and check and than adjust and check until i got it..... after a few time you can kinda judge where it is and such
  3. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,336

    Ummm...HOW can it POSSIBLY take 15 mins to hook up your trailer:hammerhead: ? I can have a whole 'nother yard done in that time... All you gotta be is within a few inches, then you can kinda move the trailer enough to get it hooked up.
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Most of the time I will only have to get out of the truck once maybe twice. I can usually look in my mirrors and come within 2 inches of the ball.
  5. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I go by the jack of the trailer and line it up with the middle of the bed. I hook my trailer up everyday and i get lined up perfect every time maybe an inch back I have to go if not less. You will learn your vehicles distance you have back there after a little practice. Practice makes perfect just like everything else you do in live.
  6. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    I never get out to look anymore. Make sure you have equal amounts of trailer showing on each side of your truck and back slowly until you make contact.

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  7. maxkicker

    maxkicker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    i put a oragne flag right behing the hitch on the trailer mines metal and welded on but whatever you gotta do just get something in the center of the trailer behind the hitch then all they gotta do is back up to the trailer keeping the center of the tailgate (center is between the 2 bolts that the handle bolts 2 on the tailgate) and the flag

    ive taught many guys how to back up to a trailer like this works great
  8. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    The trailer would not budge since I had it loaded with dirt.
  9. xtrim

    xtrim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Install a camera on the back of your truck
  10. maxkicker

    maxkicker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    ive never seen a guard like that looks like it would hit long b4 you jack knife

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