Ever wonder if there are any simple solutions to hooking up your travel trailer? Maybe you are by yourself or your significant other isn’t very good at helping direct you.
When we were workamping at RV parks, we have seen a lot of different things. One of the most memorable was this couple trying to hook up their camper. It wasn’t even a huge camper, just a pop-up. He was backing up the truck and she was attempting to direct him. After about the 3 or 4th try, he was starting to get really mad at her and was screaming and throwing things. I would have offered to help, but I didn’t want to be anywhere near a guy with a temper like that.
Forest and I have a good system, I suck at directing so I back up the truck and Forest directs. This system works well for us and we get it on the first try.
Not all couples have a good system in place or maybe you are on your own and don’t have anyone to help you. There are a couple of different options available to help you if you are in this position.
Non-tech options to use
We will start out with the cheap non-tech options. This is the ball trailer alignment system.
These are a very budget-friendly option. They are magnetic so all you do is stick them on backup and align the balls. There are different brands of these ranging from Performance Tool, TruePower, Reese Towpower, and Camco. I can’t say one is definitely better than the other because I haven’t tried them personally. I have seen people use them at the RV parks and they appear to work pretty slick.
Tech options for hooking up your trailer
The other option is using a backup camera. A few popular favorites include Rear View Safety (RVS) Camera, the wireless camera from Camecho, the smart hitch camera system from Hopkins, and the wireless & waterproof camera from Podofo.
There are plenty of different options to hooking up your truck to your trailer by yourself. Some are as cheap as $10 and others can be quite expensive depending on what you are looking for.