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Old 01-29-2016, 09:02 AM   #29
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If you can't back a RV up. There are many campgrounds that have pull through sites that backing not required to use.

I can't remember back how many years, was the last time I had used a back in site.
When traveling if the campground doesn't have drive through. I don't stay there when pulling my Toad(4 down). As right down the road there is one that does.

For 9 years(1999-2008) I did pull a 14' trailer behind the MH. And when required(very few times) I could back it into a spot with no problem.

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Old 01-29-2016, 01:45 PM   #30
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Smile trailer backing

It may sound silly - but how about some toys - a toy truck and trailer just to see the effect of how you turn truck and trailer responds without sitting in it - kind of a birds eye view.
Maybe a drone in a parking lot for same effect - slow and easy on movements and watch where trailer pivots (watch trailer wheels). Also - always back left - its extra challenging to look at your mirrors backing around passenger side...


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Old 01-29-2016, 02:59 PM   #31
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:24 PM   #32
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Come and watch the boat launch at my local lake on a holiday weekend
It's hilarious !
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:47 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Rorytug View Post
Tip that helped me was keeping your hand at the bottom of the wheel. The bottom corresponds to the direction you want to move the trailer. Bottom of the wheel moves left, rear of trailer moves left.
best way to do it and STAY CALM
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:01 PM   #34
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Just keep in mind, it is not a test, you will not be paid more to do it quickly, it will not go on you permanent high school record and it makes no difference if it takes eight tries or one try.

Practice makes perfect.
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:56 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post
Come and watch the boat launch at my local lake on a holiday weekend
It's hilarious !
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:43 AM   #36
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I will add a valuable statement,

it only takes a literal second to cause over 8000 worth of damage to your trailer popup or couch. I know personally......

pay attention and dont let yourself get distracted. I am mot preaching but what I had to go thru is horrible and your at the mercy of the dealer at that point....
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Old 02-09-2016, 07:17 AM   #37
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True story.

As a kid I was taught how to drive backward before I was allowed to drive forwards. Every morning I was given the keys to the car and told to back the car out of the garage and down to the end of the drive so I could get a ride to school. To this day I have ZERO issues backing up trailers of any size or type. Empty vehicle without a trailer I can can back up for miles at any speed you wish and keep control. I've been known to drive as fast as a vehicle can go in reverse. I've been known to back my utility trailer up to a mile to get into wood cutting holes.

I've learn several trick that make backing up easy for me at least. Like my drive is a L shape and to get to the waste dump I've got to back into the dump site.

There is a trick I do where you got to change directions of the trailer say left to right. While you pulling forward at the last second you can turn sharp right. Then stop spin your wheel back the other way being ready to back up this will help in not jack knifing the trailer.
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:06 AM   #38
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Here is a video that shows how to back up a trailer at any speed, anywhere, anyplace.

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Old 02-10-2016, 10:57 AM   #39
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Find an empty parking lot and practice. Use your mirrors and take your time. Get your spotter and bring them along so that you're both on the same page. If you have cones to setup that make it easier to set boundaries for road and parking spot sizes.
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Backing up is fine. Not hitting the overhanging trees takes talent - and a good spotter - who is not bs'ing with the people in the adjacent space.

Spotters - LOOK UP!
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:52 AM   #41
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Started backing my dad's boat into the lake for him at 14 yoa so it comes a little easier. There are a few techniques out there but I just learned to back the opposite direction to get the rear end to go where I wanted it to go. It'll come to you. Give yourself more room and take your time. Don't be afraid to ask another camper for help. I've backed several tts in for folks over the years.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:17 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by jduffey5 View Post

Always, always, always be mindful of the rear of the trailer and what's around it, but do not use it to determine how/when to turn. Pay attention to your trailer wheels, line them up with where you want the trailer to go, not the back end.

This is bang on!
Try to back on your good side( driver side) as much possible, and always keep an eye on your trailer wheels radius...not the rv bumper

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