Tech Tips: Ball and Trailer Coupler Reflection

An ingenious way for SUV drivers to hitch up to their towables

ball and trailer coupler

I just bought a Chevy Tahoe SUV, and found an easy way to view the hitch ball and trailer coupler while hitching up. I partially opened the rear-window hatch until I could see a perfect reflection of the hitch in the smoked glass. Once that position was determined, I added two wire hooks to a shoelace and attached them to the window frame and the window itself, to keep the angle just right. This way, I know exactly when the coupler is over the ball.

I bet this will work with other models of SUVs as well.

Donald Rickard, Russellville, Arkansas

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  1. Anonymous

    I had foud your cronicle very enteresthing even have rolling forfor 50 years.
    John

  2. Anonymous

    Great tip. I did this for years until my current vehicle with a back-up camera.

  3. Anonymous

    I have an old pole lamp at home and I put it an inch or 2 away from the front of the hitch. I know I’m close when I hit it. F 350 pickup. Be nice!