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Old 01-01-2011, 10:09 AM
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Hi all, picked up a 2011 ram1500 big horn just before christmas and now I'm looking to pick up a car trailer. I haven't had to do much trailer backing for years but used to be pretty good since I grew up around boats.

Question is should I bother getting a front hitch now or wait and see if I can get the trailer into the driveway without it, pics bellow, backing into the driveway at the bottom of the pic. Car trailer is 18' total length and what worries me is running the truck front wheels up over the opposite curb and that fire hydrantwhen chasing it. Once I get it in it's a pretty straight shot 75" and into a garage with only 3" of clearance on each side but plenty of room to line it up.

Should gain an extra 1.5ft each side of the road once the snow goes away ...

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I would hold off on the front mount hitch. Once you do it a few times and I would recommend without a car loaded and having a extra set of eyes you will be backing in like a pro. I towed when I was younger and its harder with a shorter trailer so you should catch on easy with an 18'. Take into a lot first and get some training in before attempting the driveway but you should be fine.

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I'd give the traditional method a try a few times. Once you do it, you'll have it down.

Look behind you or use your mirrors...don't alternate. Hand on bottom of steering wheel, opposite input to where the trailer is going to steer it...you know all this.

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I'd drive my front end up the driveway across the street.
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sounds good, I looked at it a bit more this morning and as the snow melts the road is getting wider.
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We had a front hitch mounted on our rescue rigs for 2 reasons.. 1 you couldnt see around the box for quick enough action to back a boat down a launch (no towing mirrors), and second we had multiple people driving that had no experience with a trailer. Although it makes it a lot easier. The setup is time consuming and a waste of money. With a couple of practice runs youll be fine and after doing it for a week straight, your neighbors will think you're strange but youll be able to whip it in there.

after a week or two, you can decide and post pics of your new front mount hitch if went that route.

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I loved the front hitch on my last truck, but, if i was moving something boxy like a travel trailer, you can see more using the rear view mirrors, than you can when your up closer to the tongue. For putting something like parking a boat behind a building, the front hitch works the best.
In my business a front hitch makes me five cents more a mile, but, being as i don't have a metal bumper, i would have to either change bumper styles or carve up my plastic bumper, neither appeals to me, especially for only a nickle better pay
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now IF i wanted to push something
http://www.pro-gard.com/products/push_bumpers.asp

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I'd leave off on the front mount hitch for a bit. There's lots of room to maneuver there and you should ahve no issues once you've done it a time or two. The suggestion of attempting it a few times sans car with a set of eyes front and back is a good one.
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Wow a lot of good suggestions guys!
I agree, once you do it a few times you will have it down pretty good.
It's kinda funny I can back a 48' or 53' trailer into a dock with 2 trailers on each side no problem. But when it comes to my 8 foot quad trailer I get all jacked up lol!!!
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Im new on this forum but do have some experience with front mounted hitches. First off and just for information and there is no hitch for a two wheel drive '09 or later. Ive searched and the only thing I found was a Curt for a 4WD. Second, I spent a lot of time looking for information on the carrying capacity of the front suspension. I was concerned about exceeding the capacity with the tongue weight. Lastly (on the negative side anyway) due to the low front end of our trucks you would have to have a pretty long height adjustment, fixed or adjustable drawbar to reach up to the trailer tongue.
With all that said, I LOVED having the front hitch on my Nissan. Something about having the steering wheels so close to the pivot point (hitch) made turning the trailer tremendously easier. I got my TT into places I never dreamed of with the tradition set up, and Ive done my share of towing.
Hope this is helpful.
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