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Old 02-06-2019, 12:16 PM   #99
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I like the lightweight telescoping pole idea to verify vertical clearance in a camp site. Itís not just the stuff on the ground or sides that can get us in trouble.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:51 PM   #100
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I like the lightweight telescoping pole idea to verify vertical clearance in a camp site. Itís not just the stuff on the ground or sides that can get us in trouble.
Yes, I thought so too. I was not close but designing between the ears. Slide a piece of inch and half into a 2 inch, as long as will fit in storage. (maybe a "tee" on one end of each pipe?) make a mark on the inside pipe that lines up with the end of outside when extended to the height of rig. Hold against limb, see the mark, you're good...
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After failing the back up skills non-commercial class A in Nor Cal I got an idea to beat the system. If you have a back up camera with trailer hitching alignment display do 2 things: Get your rig perfectly straight by pulling forward a bit. Locate the dead center line and place 12-16"" of electrical tape on the front of the 5th wheel. Keeping the center line aligned while backing up ensures that you are going perfectly straight. Then place 2 more 12-16"" of electrical tape about 16Ē on either side of the center line-this will tell you the limits of turn you can make without pulling forward. Then Practice. Get a 4 or 6 traffic cones and with an assistant find a parking lot and practice backing straight into the cones, backing both directions into a campsite and parallel lane change into cones. I did this about an hour a day for 8 days and aced the skills test at the DMV. There are 3 phases of the back up turn: 1-swing phase, the 5th wheel begins the turn swinging off center on the back up camera. 2-turn phase, the center line stops on the back up camera at a predetermined spot depending on the back up turn needed. 3-correction phase, straightening the 5th wheel as directed by your spotter. Always scan the camera and your mirrors and back up slowly. Good luck.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:50 PM   #102
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After failing the back up skills non-commercial class A in Nor Cal I got an idea to beat the system. If you have a back up camera with trailer hitching alignment display do 2 things: Get your rig perfectly straight by pulling forward a bit. Locate the dead center line and place 12-16"" of electrical tape on the front of the 5th wheel. Keeping the center line aligned while backing up ensures that you are going perfectly straight. Then place 2 more 12-16"" of electrical tape about 16” on either side of the center line-this will tell you the limits of turn you can make without pulling forward. Then Practice. Get a 4 or 6 traffic cones and with an assistant find a parking lot and practice backing straight into the cones, backing both directions into a campsite and parallel lane change into cones. I did this about an hour a day for 8 days and aced the skills test at the DMV. There are 3 phases of the back up turn: 1-swing phase, the 5th wheel begins the turn swinging off center on the back up camera. 2-turn phase, the center line stops on the back up camera at a predetermined spot depending on the back up turn needed. 3-correction phase, straightening the 5th wheel as directed by your spotter. Always scan the camera and your mirrors and back up slowly. Good luck.

If you use the mirrors, and sight down the side of the TV to put your marks on front of trailer, you don't add a extra place you need to look...
I think the most important word in your post is Practice
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Ditto! on the 4hr driving class... it'll do wonders for you, your family and your 5er....
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