What type of hitch do you have?

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    02-28-2012, 11:30 AM
What type of hitch do you have?

As the question asks.... and not the part on your vehicles the ball and hitch is what im talking about. But do you have ordnary hitch or a adjustable height one or like a weigth distribution? Or what every type you have, if you can or want to include a pic. Id like to see what is the most common type you all have and what it is.
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    02-28-2012, 11:36 AM
My 1993 Dodge 3/4 Ton Cummins has both an adjustable bumper hitch with swaybars and a gooseneck hitch, removable ball. The wiring is set up for both.
My 2007 Dodge 3500 doolie Cummins has a gooseneck hitch, removable ball and wiring.
I can back and line up the gooseneck hitch and have my trailer on the ball in 5 minutes or under. I line up the trailer hitch with the middle of my rear-view mirror, then turn my head and creep back until I think it's over the ball. Usually I check only once, adjust by inches, then I turn off my engine and lower.
It would take either a driver and a spotter, or solo, about 20 minutes to get the bumper hitch lined up with the trailer. Just some FYI.
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    02-28-2012, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Corporal    
It would take either a driver and a spotter, or solo, about 20 minutes to get the bumper hitch lined up with the trailer. Just some FYI.
My wife bought some fiberglass poles with a magnet in them. One goes on the trailer hitch, one on the ball.

The idea is to back up until the poles are together, then back until one falls off. Makes the whole bumper hitch thing much quicker than normal.
    02-28-2012, 10:26 PM
Green Broke
I have a turn over ball in my bed that releases through the tire well, and of course the height of the trailer can be adjusted somewhat with the gooseneck hitch on the trailer within a few inches. But with the springs on the truck and the weight of the trailer it levels decent once hooked up and loaded.
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    02-28-2012, 10:30 PM
I have a dropped (truck is lifted) Reise's hitch. On the trailer, it's a bulldog hitch.
    02-28-2012, 10:34 PM
Green Broke
I can hook up to my bumper pull trailer in 5 minutes solo and that includes busting the stinger out of my horse trailer and putting it in the pickup. Your 20 minutes is right for when I first started but not now.

I use a 2" drop, non adjustable stinger for the bumper pull and have a flip up ball for my gooseneck. If I was pulling multiple height trailers then I would get an adjustable hitch.

Not sure if this is some of the information you are looking for but you select your drop height so that your trailer is as level as possible when hooked up to your tow rig. That of course will be determined by how tall your pickup is, how much it squats with the trailer hooked up and how high your trailer is.
    02-28-2012, 10:38 PM
Didn't know we're supposed to tell you how long it takes us to hitch up, sorry. Going to brag here, hehe, 10 minutes & I'm loading up the horses. Timed myself for future reference, well actually was late for riding lessons.
    02-29-2012, 10:26 AM
Green Broke
My setup is about like Darrin's. My wife usually hooks up the trailer....she's a much better backer than I am.
    02-29-2012, 10:44 AM
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I have two bumper pull trailers, a drop hitch on the truck, and never have a spotter. Usually takes me under 2 minutes to back up, get the ball lined up, and drop the trailer.
Both trailers have a tiny little mark on the front that visually lines up to a bolt on the inside of my tailgate. I'm only 5'1" but it works well for me.
Before I made the mark I played with a little bit to masking tape to get the spot just right.

If I am on a curve, bend or hill, of course it will be just a little bit off, but I know my truck and trailer so well it only takes about 4 minutes then.

When I'm not on a straight line or am hooking up a trailer I haven't used before, I line up, get close, get out an check, then do the following:

If I still have say, under 12" or so left to back up to be under the hitch, I'll leave the door open when I get back in the truck, put it in reverse (right foot on brake) then stick my left boot at a right angle out the door. Not far, just enough so visually my toe is over the ground/grass/gravel. I'll thenslowly inch back while looking down over my toe and use that as a guage of how many inches I've gone, or need to go.
Hard to explain, but easy as pie to do. I can watch the ground move under the visual line of my toe and tell when I've gone 4", 6", 10" etc...
    03-01-2012, 03:54 PM
I have a bumper pull so I use the ball and I have a Reese rail system type hitch for my LQ trailer and a 5th wheel camper. So it has 2 rails that are bolted in the bed of the truck and I have a gooseneck ball attachment and a 15k 5th wheel. So I can tow 3 different trailers...
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