How to Hitch a Trailer by Yourself without Risks

Posted on May 18, 2020.

Have you ever wondered how to hitch a trailer by yourself? Never underestimate such activity because not only it can cause further serious damage, it can also endanger you. When people try to hitch the trailer, they at least have another person there so this another person can do the observation and monitoring. However, it is possible that you will have to manage everything on your own. When there is an inevitable situation that you may end up alone, no need to worry – there are some possible solutions and methods to do everything properly, correctly, and efficiently.

The Problem with Solo and Manual Hitch

If you think, ‘Ah, I can always do everything manually. After all, it is just a short distance.’ Well, you may want to rethink again. Such an action is harder (and definitely heavier) that it looks like. If you aren’t careful, you may end up hurting yourself. One of the biggest challenges in hitching the trailer on your own is to align the ball and the hitch. And let’s not forget that the trailer’s weight can be too much.

Here are some of the most possible and common problems when hitching a trailer by yourself:

  • The manual operation of the weight is just too much – well unless you are the strongest person in the world
  • You may not have enough backup or even too much.
  • It is also possible that you back up too far to the left or to the right

Some Real Solutions

On the contrary to what people believe, knowing how to hitch a trailer by yourself can actually be done on your own if you understand how – and you have the technology to help you. The first one is by using the rear camera. Thanks to the camera, you should be able to align the ball and the hitch easily, even without anyone supervising you.

What if you don’t have the rear camera? No need to worry. There are some effective ways to manage them all.

  • First of all, make sure that the location is secured and safe. There shouldn’t be anything to obstruct your view. There shouldn’t be anything to obstruct the way in between the trailer and the vehicle. If you can find a level spot where there is nothing higher or lower of the vehicle and the trailer.
  • Make sure that the center of your vehicle is in line with the center of the trailer. Try to back up and locate the position as close as possible.
  • If you have to do it, exist the vehicle and check the position of the coupler and the hitch
  • Open the locking coupler device on the trailer hitch. Make sure that the coupler is open. Keep in mind that clamps can jam when they haven’t been used or maintained
  • Lower or raise the trailer’s front by using the floor jack or the built-in jack
  • Back the vehicle safely and slowly near the trailer. If the coupler has been over the ball, make use of the hack to lower it (the coupler) to the towing ball.
  • Check your coupler. If it is lined up properly, it should be easy and secured to clamp down. Make sure that the ball clamp is located below the ball instead of on top of it.
  • When it is secured, activate the coupler’s latch. Check if it has locked properly and in place. The coupler should be in a closed position. You can use the coupler lock or pin to check on it.
  • Make sure that the hitch pin is completely secured. Never use the pin-like item or homemade device.
  • Connect the light wiring system of the trailer to the vehicle’s connector. Make sure that it works.

As you can see, such a way is pretty simple. Practicing the real thing on how to hitch a trailer by yourself requires time and adjustment, but you should be able to do it just nicely.

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