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- July 1, 2016 at 8:12 am #36033
During my delivery day training, Tommy witnessed first hand my lack of skill in lining up the ball to the hitch. A situation of new trailer, old eyes. He made a great suggestion of painting the end of the bullnose hitch with a color that will stand out among the shadows. Contrary to common belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Voila, orange is the new black. Field testing to begin later today.
BuzzyJuly 1, 2016 at 9:33 am #36055
Buzzy, did your truck come with the hitch assist or trailer backup assist? I see the checkerboard sticker on the tongue, so I assume so. Curious how well either of those work.
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1 user thanked author for this post.July 1, 2016 at 9:54 am #36062
I am usually hooking up by myself, and it takes from 1 to 6-8 times getting out to check there alignment. My Durango has the rear camera, but I don’t find that too much help when you get close in.
You need to get, Buzzy the wonder dog, trained to have a series of barks to get you lined up. How cool would that be?
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1 user thanked author for this post.July 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm #36089
Yes, my truck came with several assists and they work fine. Seems my eyes had difficulty locating the target. I also tend to be a perfectionist and I am attempting to improve my hitching performance. Today during my field testing, I sensed some improvement with the orange target.
Regarding my dog Buzzy, I tried to have him help by operating one of the walkie talkies. He tells me he can’t since he has no thumbs! What’s up with that?!
BuzzyJuly 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm #36091
I use my mirrors with no backup camera and can line up perfectly most of the time. The Oliver is narrow but I can center the trailer in my side mirrors (both left and right mirrors need to have the same margins of space between the image of the trailer and the frame of the mirror). As I get closer, I then use the rear view mirror to center my back doors (my van has two side by side doors) on the Oliver insignia on the front of the trailer. For my rig, I found I need the center of the doors to be just to be a bit to the left of the insignia to line up. Each TV will have it’s own unique way about them, but once you get it, and it doesn’t take long once you do it a few times, it makes the hitch up pretty quick and a solo operation. The hard part for me is getting the distance right. A trick for that is once you get close, eyeball or measure the distance between the hitch and the ball, then walk up to your driver side front tire and measure back that same distance and make a mark (or put a rock there) in the road. Roll back slowly until your tire reaches the mark. Go slow!! Those last few inches seem to move along quicker than you think. So far, I have had great luck hitching up in this way.
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1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 literJuly 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm #36094
The back up camera on my Dodge Ram 3500, although not of high resolution, allows me to back up to a large utility trailer without any difficulty.
But I plan on painting the hitch connector orange per Buzzy’s recommendation, just for higher visibility.
Along the same lines those without back cameras, have any of you tried these? : http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/magnetic-hitchin-rods/28563July 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm #36149
If you feel painting your hitch will help you, I’d first pre-prime it with white primer, two coats should cover the black paint on the Bulldog Hitch. Then spray on a couple coats of flo-orange or whatever. Having the white undercoat will really make the top color coat pop out, especially the florescent colors.
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2 users thanked author for this post.July 1, 2016 at 6:12 pm #36150
Buzzy, love the thread title. Made me laugh.
Dave, good advice on the primer coats.
Laps, we bought a set of those back in the early days. If I could find them, you could have them. But I suspect we threw them out. We didn’t find them very helpful. Magnets don’t stick to aluminum. They were always sticking out lopsided on the bulldog collar. Pretty much a waste. I think Buzzy’s idea would be of a greater help, and Dave Phelps gave some great advice on solo backing.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12July 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm #36152
Buzzy, love the thread title. Made me laugh. Dave, good advice on the primer coats. Laps, we bought a set of those back in the early days. If I could find them, you could have them. But I suspect we threw them out. We didn’t find them very helpful. Magnets don’t stick to aluminum. They were always sticking out lopsided on the bulldog collar. Pretty much a waste. I think Buzzy’s idea would be of a greater help, and Dave Phelps gave some great advice on solo backing. Sherry
Thanks I don’t need them, was just curious if others might find them helpful, I can back up using my rear view camera in the Ram and make a connection every time. I will be painting the trailer connection orange though as that will help in low light conditions.July 4, 2016 at 10:11 am #36266
I did this “mod” back in early May but thought that “others” just might find it a bit silly. Since my F-150 ecoboost is a 2011, it has the rearview camera screen located in the left corner of the rearview mirror – it is really small. I can usually get very close to where I need to be on the first pass, but, the paint sure does help with the process.
As I remember it, I cleaned up a few rust spots on the hitch with a dremel, put a coat of light grey primer on, then added the “day-glow” orange, and finished with two coats of clear topcoat. I did the topcoat because the dayglow orange tends to fade fairly quickly.
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1 user thanked author for this post.July 4, 2016 at 11:18 am #36269
Nice job! Like yourself, I discovered the orange is a great help. I park my Ollie in a lot with no shade and on sunny days the shadow cast by the tongue can be deceptive. I found myself lining up on the shadow instead of the bullnose. Now that problem is gone!
It is nice when a effort removes a problem! Actually, I need to be reminded of a line my mother used when I was growing up. “Buzzy, there are never problems, just opportunities to shine.”
Shine on my friend!
BuzzyJuly 4, 2016 at 5:04 pm #36277
Because of the difficulty of discerning the black coupler from the shadows on my pickup’s backup camera screen, I bought a can of (some color) florescent paint about a year ago. I had forgotten all about it, thanks, Buzzy for the reminder.
Thanks too, topgun2 for the instructions on how you did yours.
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