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Posted: 03/20/12 03:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have no problem backing my ext cab by looking into the center rear view mirror and lining up the arrow on the hitch. When I park it at home, I don't change the elevation of the 5vr, so next time I hook up, just backed until it locks. Piece of cake. if you can't see it, then.........





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Hey whatever works......glad that mirror does the trick for you.
Might come in hand for others.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I just back up until I hear the latch snap into place or GF screams......I've heard both

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belairbrian wrote:

Why can't you see the hitch?

I just turn and look back. I have a crew cab and a tool box but can still see the hitch.


Same here, and I'am just 5-6. Truck is a 07.5 Quad Cab Dodge 3500 DRW 4X4 with a 65 gal combo tool and fuel box.

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I attach a rear view camera to my back window with a big suction cup to see the hitch as I had a neck fusion and cannot turn my head as far as I used to.


Same here except I've permanently attached mine with an adhesive. I'm tall enough to see the hitch but have a neck & back injury that makes it difficult to turn that far. Technology is great.


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pcm1959 wrote:

I can't see the hitch head fron the drivers seat at all in my truck either. phillip






I'm an impressive 5'8" and can see mine just fine.. LOL


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Hey whatever works......glad that mirror does the trick for you.
Might come in hand for others.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I just back up until I hear the latch snap into place or GF screams......I've heard both


That's one reason DW does get involved whatsoever in our preparations. I load/unload everything except her. She comes out of the house to check the lights and lock the gate behind us. Also, I park it without her "assistance" also. Keeps things on even keel.

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I can't see mine either. I just line up between the slider window, get within 5-6' get out take a peak, adjust heigth as needed and back in. I'd more then likely screw up if I could see it.


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Thanks for the tip I will try that. I have a hard time judging when the pin is centered to the hitch, even looking back, and I can see where the mirror would straighten the line of sight better. Trying to adjust, side to side just doesn't work for me when I am getting close to the hitch. It's either centered or it's pull up and try again. My Reese 18K has to be pretty close because it has the single finger, on the one side that wraps around and that makes the slot a little tighter.

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slarsen wrote:

Anyway, here is what I found and did: Got a small mirror with a handle on it ($5 at Target) and I hold it up high, up against the ceiling of the truck. Now I can SEE the hitch. What a difference in quick and easy hookup and knowing right where I am.


I appreciate you taking the time to share your tip with us. And apologize for us taking the thread sideways. I can see my fiver plate in my rearview mirror, but someday I may have a crewcab and this tip could be useful.

I have found that my Vee tailgate is helpful for lining up the pin. If I center the pinbox on the Vee, then it is a straight shot right into the jaws. Don't really need the mirror, except to judge distance.


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belairbrian wrote:

Why can't you see the hitch?

I just turn and look back. I have a crew cab and a tool box but can still see the hitch.


My daughter's child seat.

Although using the side mirrors mostly corrects that.

I do miss the direct sighting via the rear view though...

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