Does anyone use Hitch guides?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shearbolt, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. shearbolt

    shearbolt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I hate trying to hitch the trailer up. Do these work well.
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    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.
  3. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    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.
  4. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    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.
  5. tawilson1152

    tawilson1152 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    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.
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    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.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    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
  8. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    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.
  9. lawnagent

    lawnagent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    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.:(
  10. tawilson1152

    tawilson1152 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    "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.

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