Advertisement

Hitch Helper

September 21, 2007
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
01_08.jpg

As a professional guide, I’m constantly connecting my boat trailer to the truck, usually by myself. Tired of the stop-and-start method of aligning the coupler to the receiver ball, I came up with a solution that I call the “hitch helper.” For less than $20, I bought a used convex mirror from an auto salvage yard, then went to the home-improvement center to fill the rest of my parts list: a 10′ length of 1″ PVC tubing, six 45-degree connectors, four 90-degree connectors, three T-connectors and two end caps.

Using a hacksaw and PVC cement, I built a frame that slides snugly over my tailgate, with one leg reaching the bumper to support the taller arm on which I mounted the mirror. To attach the mirror, I drilled a hole through the PVC, then used a stainless-steel bolt and a lock nut. The mirror gives me a clear view of the hitch and the PVC doesn’t scratch the truck.

—Capt. Dave Lear, Tallahassee, Florida

Advertisement
Advertisement

More Uncategorized

Advertisement