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Author Topic:   How many attempts does it take to get your truck lined up with your trailer hitch ?
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted April 09, 2005 06:13 PM  
When I'm by myself It takes me about 10-15 tries every time, I'm always a little off left or right or back or forward. I bet the neighbors think I'm crazy, in/out/in/out/in/out/in...haha.

Who's got the best redneck engineered invention for this problem?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted April 09, 2005 06:19 PM  
muscle, get it close then jerk it in place.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 09, 2005 06:43 PM  
Originally posted by quickgriz:
muscle, get it close then jerk it in place.

Thats usually my method too....

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted April 09, 2005 06:53 PM  
about 5 or 6 times for trailer is too tongue heavy to "pull" over.....good topic!

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 243
posted April 09, 2005 07:37 PM  
ive gotten pretty good at it cause i use a trailer daily in my work but man sometimes if im tired or my neck is hurting and i cant look back real good it will take me about 3 or 4 times!! lol seems like everytime i get a new truck i have to get used to doing it all over again!! and they make swivel type drawbars but i wouldnt trust em on a big heavy trailer i think they are for lighter type boats and such

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 776
posted April 09, 2005 08:03 PM  
Option 1 Once you get it hooked up and everything straight with each other look in your side mirror and see how the side of the truck lines up with the side of the trailer and next time just get it close to that,
Option 2 You could just make little flag or mark on your trailer and try to line it up with the middle of your truck box.
Option 3 If its parked on cement get a floor jack and jack it up and just pull it over.
Option 4 Get another tow truck and never unhook it.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted April 09, 2005 09:05 PM  
Got an 18 foot trailer I built, put the trailer jack with the wheel on it and can roll trailer by myself, as for backing up to the trailer I can get it very close and roll it into place. Eddie

The Flash32
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted April 09, 2005 09:15 PM  
You might try this, it worked for me. Once trailer is hooked up, put a mark of some kind in the center of your tailgate on the inside so you can see it from the seat, then put a mark on the tire rack or whatever is on the front of trailer that lines up with the one on the tailgate. Makes it alot easier to get straight. Doesn't help alot as far as too far back or not far enough back but it gets 'er pretty straight!!


Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted April 10, 2005 06:54 AM  
I like this question and hear is your answer. The best thing is have your wife guide you back and when its not right just look at the neighbor and shake your head and then tell the wife come on you know where i want it. lol If by yourself just make sure no body is looking and if they are stop and go into the house for awhile and try again later. Darn

Lazy R
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted April 10, 2005 07:28 AM  
We used to have a bumper hitch stock (horse) trailer that we mounted a mirror on so you could actually see the ball when you got close. I guess you could do that if you've got a tire rack or something high enough to mount it on.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted April 11, 2005 07:06 AM  
Funny Post... But when my wife or Dad isn't out there to help, I might make 5 or 6 stabs at it.

The trailer is too tounge heavy to lift it.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted April 11, 2005 11:19 AM  
My truck has a bed liner and on the tail gate liner it has a screw in the middle of the tail gate at the top. I raise the jack handle up and when I back up, I sight aline the screw and jack handle. I got so good at it I forget to lock the hitch latch. Makes a real good custom dent in the tail gate when you drive the car on.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted April 11, 2005 05:12 PM  
got a hitch insert from local ford dealer,push a button in ,it slides in and out about 6 inches,push the other button,and you can move it side to side on a shot every time.i think it cost about 80$.most trailer places have them.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted April 11, 2005 05:32 PM  
Only takes me one time. I get my dad to guide me in place. ha ha.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 380
posted April 12, 2005 09:32 AM  
i use a tag system as i call it. i paint a small line on the back of my back and tie a 12" wire wound "flag" around my ball on my truck and tie a 12" "flag" around my tongue and guide both of them up together works real slick!!!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 968
posted April 12, 2005 11:29 AM  
I usually just pull the truck up in front of the trailer, close my eyes and drop it into reverse...when my wife hears the trailer slam into the truck three of four times, she comes outside, chews me out real good, then helps me back up to the hitch!

[This message has been edited by Eljojo (edited April 12, 2005).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted April 12, 2005 01:33 PM  
where I park my trailer is really tight to get in and out. I have to back up to it at an angle, boy that makes it much harder!! Sometimes it takes me forever to line them up, and sometimes I can get it first try.

when Im off the first try, I make a mark in the sand as to where I THINK the left rear tire should be to line up, then I just drive over that mark.. It works ok, but most of the time I am out there cussing and swearing at the whole ordeal...LOL

good topic!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted April 12, 2005 08:02 PM  
get rid of the trailer and get a ramp truck, its a lot easier that way

Dirt Freak

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posted April 13, 2005 08:02 AM  
I usually do it myself with about three attempts.

The one thing I found that works real well, is to have the WIFE DRIVE the vehicle and you guide her back.
It sure save's alot of yelling, because it's always your fault anyway.

She backs the trailer up at the camp ground also with me walking next to the window guiding her back.
We never hit another tree, branch or picnic table since.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 715
posted April 13, 2005 11:48 AM  
3 or 4 or wellheck just til Im Tounge is to heavy to move I have come up with lots of ways to line it up.But I think I just like to struggle with it heck I am racing thats a HUGE struggle itself.I like the

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted April 13, 2005 11:57 AM  
LOL at all this.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted April 15, 2005 07:32 PM  
I know a guy who mounted a camera on his bumper, just to get hooked up.Just like the ones the trash trucks use !! I'd rather just yell, and get it out, before we go racing.And I won't have to spend $200 lol

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted April 16, 2005 10:13 AM  
has any ever seen...well not sure of the name...but it is like a reverse have an adapter that turns the trailers hitch into a ball and the truck has a coupler with a angled guide ramp so all you have to do is get within about 8 inches and it scoups the ball into the hitch. One of the guys I race with has one...said he is a dealer

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted April 25, 2005 08:01 PM  
i can usally line mine up in 1 time at the most two,
i line a certon spot up on the trailer to a certain spot on the truck every time and that works for me................

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted April 25, 2005 10:47 PM  
I used to use a pole attached to the tougue and a marker on the hitch, but since i bought a cube van I just roll the door up and hit the trailer dead on every time.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted April 26, 2005 10:29 AM
You can probably make your own!

[This message has been edited by DirtMirt (edited April 26, 2005).]

Dirt Roller

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posted April 26, 2005 10:49 AM

Ego Racing
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posted April 26, 2005 12:50 PM  
I can get it on the first try with the bed liner screw. I made a mirror for my dad. It was a side view mirror from an old truck. The mount I made for it straddled the tail gate and hel it up about 8 inches above and at a 45 degree angle. He would hang it on the tailgate and back right up to it. I have now modified it to work on his van for him.

The Vanburen Rocket 22
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted April 29, 2005 11:07 PM  
I guess we are either lucky, or lazy, I leave ours hooked up all the time!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted May 01, 2005 06:49 AM  
I have a screw in my tailgate I line up with the trailer jack handle and i am close. when the tounge hits the licence plate pull ahead 6 inches!

Speed Kills, Drive a Chevy and live forever!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 640
posted May 01, 2005 09:47 AM  
fifth wheel nota problem

if every thing is under control your not fast enough

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted May 01, 2005 06:49 PM  
I have a goose neck and it still takes me 6 times to even get close to the hitch and I can see it.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted May 02, 2005 08:52 AM  
2 or 3 if I have no help. Actually backing the trailer into its spot during the week is the fun part. Cannot park on MY yard, on the side of MY house anymore. I've taught other drivers that when I'm backing they are stopping..ha! Backing across a busy street uphill, making a backwards right turn with truck and trailer, through a gate with 6" on each side, sometimes in the dark. I hate that right side convex mirror!
So actually, hook up is a cinch!

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted May 02, 2005 12:31 PM  
Takes me a few trys, dad takes one try, no problem. a friend has his like 14 year old kid do it, first try with no one helping him almost every time.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 570
posted May 04, 2005 05:47 PM  
I noticed that no one said this, I hook up the trailer before I load the car. this allows me to pick up the trailer (its light) and drop it on the ball. then I load the car!!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted May 05, 2005 01:58 PM  
Have you ever tried loading without being hooked to a hitch? Or properly hooked? I did, just once.

[This message has been edited by eborcim (edited May 05, 2005).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted May 06, 2005 04:45 AM  
I did that, and have the dimples in my tailgate to prove it! :-(

sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

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posted May 10, 2005 09:13 PM  
just back up till you here a boom and pull up 2 inches..just have to get a new license plate every season..

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted May 11, 2005 09:39 AM  
Need new plates. AND a tail gate!

Dirt Maniac

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posted May 11, 2005 08:32 PM wife does it for me!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 41
posted May 18, 2005 07:20 AM  
Just put a little mark on the inside of your tailgate that is even with the ball on your truck. That should get you closer.


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