to launch Target Hitch, bringing it to consumers, retailers and dealers, but we need your support to
do it. Specifically, we need the funds to pay for the final molds and for the first production
run that will bring the hitches into the marketplace.
WHO SHOULD SUPPORT TARGET HITCH ON Kickstarter? Are you a person who BELIEVES: 1. Journeys are best if they start with ease 2. Supporting products that are Made In America is worthwhile 3. Creating jobs in struggling areas is important 4. Improving safety at campgrounds and with hitched vehicles everywhere is a benefit 5. Helping small businesses and inventive entrepreneurs to succeed in our economy is a meaningful endeavor 6. It would be great if hitching a vehicle could be made easier no matter what the conditions 7. Promoting tenacity, ingenuity and hard work is valuable for our communities 8. Your spouse or partner would be happier if they did not have to try to guide your vehicle hitching
IF YOU BELIEVE IN ANY OF THESE .... Please consider supporting our project!
Check out our animated video (below) called "The Marriage Saver" which highlights the Target Hitch Story!
TARGET HITCH USA - HOW
IT ALL BEGAN:
Jim Trevino, inventor of the Target Hitch lives on the rugged Oregon Coast with
his wife and children. Several years ago while on a camping trip, he witnessed
a huge marital spat about hitching a trailer. He had seen this same argument
between spouses many times and was certain there needed to be a better way, an
easier way – to begin a journey. It was time to take the matter into his own
hands. And so, Target Hitch USA was born and Jim began in earnest to
work with engineers and patent specialists to get the product designed. That
brings us to now, with the product patent-pending and ready for the final
stages of production.
We connected with an organization called Craft3 which is a
non-profit that helps start-ups like Target Hitch acquire seed money. An
initial investment was obtained from them that jump started production. We have
our molds on order and need another $49,000 to finalize tooling and facilitate
our first inventory of hitches. We have been a grass roots effort since day
one, working in alternative, creative ways to achieve our goals, so it seemed
fitting that the Kickstarter community would be a good place for us to raise
the last of our production capital.
If you have ever started your
journey with stress due to the difficulty of hitching in the rain, the dark,
tight space conditions or with an inexperienced spotter. If hitching your
vehicle has ever been a source of tension between you and your spouse. Target
Hitch can change all of that! Hitching becomes a breeze!
Additionally, even if you will
never need a vehicle hitching device, we would greatly appreciate your support
as we work to get this small, family-owned business into action!
TARGET HITCH PRODUCT IMAGES
To see how an actual Target Hitch device is used, check out the video below, starring Target Hitch founder, Jim Trevino, demonstrating the ease of his invention!
Target Hitch is MADE IN AMERICA!
Several Years of engineering work and prototyping have resulted in a beautiful invention that, as founder, Jim Trevino likes to say, "Looks simple on the outside but is complex on the inside." Target Hitch is designed to make your travel experience easier, more convenient and more enjoyable.
THE GREATER VISION
Target Hitch began as one man's dream. It was about making a difficult task easier and also about bringing some more goodness into this world. Jim worked for a significant stretch on his own, eventually bringing consultants into the mix, and then he started accumulating a team of people that shared his vision of travel and more importantly of building a company that offered a positive work environment where creative thinking, teamwork and, of course, hard work, are rewarded.
The goal set at the initiation of this project ($49,000) was specifically about getting the necessary equipment to produce the Target Hitch product.
However, this project is not about a single performance or an isolated experience, incredibly worthwhile though those aims are, the larger Target Hitch goal does not ultimately make this world visually or artistically more appealing. The expanded Target Hitch goal is about bringing peace of mind to the journeys: the journey of travel and the journeys of our lives. One of the primary objective of the Target Hitch founder, was to use an idea, which grew into his invention, and is now evolving into a viable product with an extensive market, which will offer people in a economically lack luster location, opportunities to work and to bring a little peace of mind to their own personal journeys.
When Target Hitch achieves $100,000, it will be able to produce sustainable, sale-able inventory. At $200,000 it will be able to complete our physical facility and at $300,000 we will be able to offer the first of our permanent additional positions. HELP US TO REACH OUR GOALS and, as you follow our journey, you will watch as YOU take an active role in creating the positive economic changes that make the most difference in our world - because they are earned.
THANK YOU AGAIN, for tuning in, and THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN for your support!
Risks and challenges
As with any small start-up business, there are a multitude of risks, and honestly, every day brings new challenges. Fortunately we have plenty of tenacity and creative problem solving skills!
Some of our specific challenges:
The engineering process has been intense and also rewarding. We are very grateful to our design, mechanical & electrical engineers for all of their hard work. Many times during this process we have relentlessly pushed them to achieve the ultimate device functionality. Our founder, and the Target Hitch inventor, Jim Trevino, likes to say, “It looks simple on the outside, but it is complex on the inside.” It was Jim's three-year chore to trudge through countless difficulties that produced a product designed to bring ease to your journey. The product has been tested, and re-tested by our engineers, designers and beta-users, where it surpassed our expectations with flying colors. That is the risk. We are prepared to immediately respond with any necessary actions to ensure that our product performs as promised.
Additionally, there might be some risks and challenges from the supply sector, although to mitigate those, we have, wherever possible coordinated back up suppliers.
One of the biggest challenges we are currently facing is the transition from being an operation of one (supported by consultants), to being a team that supports each other. The challenge has been rewarding thus far, and we are optimistic that as our team grows, it will grow awesome.
At $5 every backer has our sincere gratitude and will be identified as a first generation backer on our Target Hitch website and Facebook page for the duration of our Kickstarter project. In addition to receiving our email updates and we travel this Kickstarter adventure!
At $10, in addition to our sincere gratitude and being listed as a first generation supporter on our website and Facebook page, every backer will receive a vehicle sticker “I Kickstarted Target Hitch” which is especially cool because it looks like a super hero insignia! In addition, Target Hitch will post your personal message of up to fifty (50) letters and spaces on www.targethitch.com (keep it clean folks, we will edit for family friendly content if necessary). But feel free to propose marriage or make a positive shout out!
Backers that select this option will receive the
"I Kickstarted Target Hitch" sticker in addition to a Target Hitch Travel Bunny! These bunnies are made especially for Target Hitch by a local artist. Each one is handmade of vintage blankets and sports the Target Hitch logo.These bunnies have a hankering for travel adventure and prefer to ride shotgun! Bunnies measure approximately 16" high.
Backers that select this reward will receive the
"I Kickstarted Target Hitch" sticker plus the exclusive "GET HITCHED" T-shirt. Shirts are dark gray and are available in Men's cut, S, M, L XL, 2X, 3X or Women's cut S, M, L, XL
F-Bomb Key Chain. Because Target Hitch takes the "expletive" out of hitching your vehicle - we added it to a key chain! Perfect for your camper, trailer or extra keys, this F-Bomb key chain is handcrafted by artist Tracy Bighill, especially for Target Hitch backers. It will have the Target Hitch logo and backer initials (up to 4) on the reverse side. Includes Target Hitch Sticker!
Travel Trio Light Pack. Target Hitch makes hitching your vehicle a breeze - and this reward will light your way! Receive the Target Hitch Travel Trio Light Pack including: handy travel book light, safety roadside beacon flashlight and handy travel flashlight. Includes Target Hitch Sticker!
Glass Sand Dollar. We are located at the very edge of our fine country, with our toes touching the Pacific sands. This beautiful reward is inspired by our extraordinary geography! These stunning glass art sand dollars are imbedded with the Target Hitch Logo! Each one is made by our local glass artist especially for Target Hitch. Your choice of cobalt blue, sea foam green, carnival gold or iridescent.
Includes "I Kickstarted Target Hitch" Sticker!
Another reward inspired by our community's connection with the sea. Receive a beautiful, hand blown glass float, with glass Target Hitch insignia. Each piece is individually crafted for Target Hitch by our local glass artist. Available colors include: cobalt blue, sea foam green, carnival gold, clear or iridescent. Includes "I Kickstarted Target Hitch" Sticker!
This is a great deal for the first generation - early adopters! Our Target Hitch Laser Guidance System will retail in the marketplace for $1199, but for helping us to achieve our goal, backers at this level will receive the entire system for $650, a savings of $549 !!!
Another great deal for the first generation - early adopters! Our Target Hitch Laser Guidance System will retail in the marketplace for $1199, and will not be available in colors. However, for helping us to achieve our goal, at this level you will receive the entire system for $650, IN A CUSTOM COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE (over 100 colors available) to coordinate or compliment your vehicle or trailer !!!
Target Hitch founder, Jim Trevino, loves to show folks his invention and he loves to entertain, so we put the two of these together in a "Meet Jim in Vegas" reward. Join us in Las Vegas to pick up your Target Hitch Laser Guidance System and receive $400 towards airfare, two nights hotel, premier seats at Cirque Du Soleil and a Target Hitch party with Jim and the Target Hitch team!
Meet the man himself! Jim Trevino, the charismatic yet down-to-earth inventor of the Target Hitch, will drive his Airstream to wherever you are and hand deliver your Laser Guidance System ... and cook you up a BBQ complete with cold beer! (Note, we have listed the delivery time as October, but the actual date will be coordinated with the backers to accommodate their schedules).