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...
Last edited by Lockwood; 02-29-2012 at 11:46 AM.
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