Patent Number: 6,168,181

Title: Trailer alignment backing aid for vehicles

Abstract: A trailer alignment backing aid for vehicles that includes a target sticker and a hitch ball attachable aiming tube assembly. The target sticker has aiming indicia provided on a front surface thereof and an adhesive covered back surface having a peel off backing cover. The hitch ball attachable aiming tube assembly includes a ball attachment tube and an extender tube. The ball attachment tube includes two ball insertion flaps at a lower end thereof, a trailer tongue insertion window adjacent to the ball insertion flaps, and incremental measuring marks along the length thereof. The two ball insertion flaps are sized and spaced to resiliently grip the ball of a ball hitch and maintain the hitch ball attachable aiming tube assembly in an upright position during use. The trailer tongue insertion window is sized such that the tongue of a trailer is positionable therein and over the ball of the trailer hitch that is gripped between the insertion flaps before the trailer tongue contacts the ball attachment tube displacing the hitch ball attachable aiming tube assembly to alert the driver that the tongue of the trailer is in the correct position. In a preferred embodiment, the extender tube is slidable into the ball attachment tube.

Inventors: Gadd; Ben R. (Oklahoma City, OK)

Assignee:

International Classification: B60D 1/00 (20060101); B60D 1/36 (20060101); B60D 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018