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Old 02-21-2015, 05:27 PM   #11
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Oh, and from MY personal experience, I've hits thing more going forward than backwards...you really have to watch those turns!!
LOL. Yes, other fear - gas stations. At least I'll have a relatively small rig. My husband and I used to travel with a 28' TT pulled by a 4 door Dodge dually. But he'd been pulling trailers all his life and could go just about anywhere.

Thanks everyone for your replies. I should have mentioned that now it's just me and the cat and she won't be much help. I'm mostly worried about jackknifing and tearing something up. I am at least used to using my side mirrors for driving and I do have a backup camera on the truck which will make it easier to line up for hooking up the trailer.

I should have thought of Youtube. I've used that frequently since my husband died for everything from replacing my car filter to wiring a new thermostat! I will definitely go search that out.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:31 PM   #12
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And finally...

I struggled with backing but I finally got it. I learned that with a shorter trailer it is more difficult than a longer one. But what made a Significant difference was getting an experienced RVer to help me in an empty parking lot. What he said is to be sure before I started backing that all my wheels ( RV and truck) were straight in a line. So when you start to back up as slow as possible turns are really slight, either left or right by using hand at bottom of wheel like mentioned, and the using mirrors. Backing really, really slow and making really small turning adjustments helped a lot.
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Another word of caution is to not only look around the entire rig for obstructions, but to look UP to see if there is anything above the rig. Tree limbs and roofs, vents, ac's, antennas, etc. don't play well together.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:35 AM   #14
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Thanks again everyone for all the responses. The video Fonzie posted and the tip on the "scoop" from GlacierGus were most helpful. Now I've watched a bunch of Youtube and will get out and practice.

I'm still learning how to use this forum. I noticed "thanks" buttons on posts yesterday but now they are gone. I guess quick thanks are required!
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:24 AM   #15
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And finally...

I struggled with backing but I finally got it. I learned that with a shorter trailer it is more difficult than a longer one. But what made a Significant difference was getting an experienced RVer to help me in an empty parking lot. What he said is to be sure before I started backing that all my wheels ( RV and truck) were straight in a line. So when you start to back up as slow as possible turns are really slight, either left or right by using hand at bottom of wheel like mentioned, and the using mirrors. Backing really, really slow and making really small turning adjustments helped a lot.
He gave very good advice,also USE your Turn signals,lots of people Wont/Don't use them while just Driving! Thanks and good Camping! Youroo!!
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:27 PM   #16
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If you find yourself at a site that is tight, and need a spotter, ask at the office, or ask a neighbor to help "spot" you in. The camping community is a very helpful one, and you should have no issue getting some help. Roll down your windows on your tow vehicle, I see a lot of people relying on hand signs and not able to hear their spotter. Stop and get out and look if you need to, I do it all the time to size up the site, I usually am solo myself while backing in.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:57 PM   #17
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Not all problems are at ground level. Be sure to look up and at the top edge of the trailer especially when in a campground.

Good luck and safe driving.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:22 PM   #18
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I've had my current camper for 1 full year now. Prior to that we had a pop up for 1 year. I still look like an idiot trying to back in to a camp site. Don't worry about what others think. If nothing else I feel I am providing a little entertainment for everyone.

I had more problems getting out of a difficult site then getting into one. The first trip last year with the current camper I almost ripped off the awning rubbing it against a tree and blew a tire running over a tree stump. It was a very tight spot.
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Just remember...Nobody is born with the knowledge of backing up. We all needed to learn. You just have to power through the process of learning.

If the site is too tight, I ask for help from the office. There is generally a staff guy that can thread a needle.

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We use cell phones for backing into sites. She tries really hard but hand signals are backwards in the mirror and she's never standing in the right spot so I can see her. I just call her on the hands free and she stands to the side and tells me when I'm about to destroy something. Works great and no arguments.
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