Help for Hitching Up


I have a 2011 Cougar fifth-wheel with Keystone’s proprietary Hitch Vision, which is basically a mirror on the front of the RV that greatly helps with aligning the hitch in the truck bed with the kingpin on the fifth-wheel. There is one problem, however, and that is I can’t see the hitch in the mirror until I am just a foot or two away. This makes it difficult to adjust the truck to cleanly line up the fifth-wheel.

To fix this, I installed a strip of duct tape in the truck bed that runs from the tailgate to the middle of the hitch. This guide strip is visible early in the hitching process and makes it much easier to adjust the truck for a perfect alignment every time. You can even use reflective tape, which may help with in-the-dark hitching, and add an additional tape strip
to the top of the pin box.

Steve Pankratz | Sioux Falls, South Dakota



  1. Good day. I am a newbie to the RV world. I was reading the Driver’s Seat in the July issue and realize I am not alone. Is it possible to have a column for us newbies, with thing like dos and don’ts and other pointers? Thanks, Mike T.

  2. i use a extensin magnet that mechanics use to retrieve drop bolts and screws. i put it in front of the hitch and extend it until i can line it up with the hitch. when i hook up it knocks the magnet off.

  3. As a 70+ single woman towing a 33-foot fifth-wheel, I removed the center headrest on the backseat of my F-250. The bracket for the headrest is centered and lines up with the center of the hitch. Keeping the bracket in view in my rearview mirror helps provide a straight-line visual when backing up to the kingpin.


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