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Old 09-22-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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Should upgrade his tv. The newer model might have mirrors
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:25 PM   #12
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Ok where are the weight police? I'll start. The trailer was too heavy for the truck and overloaded the tires causing it to pop. That had nothing to do with the lack of backing skills by the driver.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:16 PM   #13
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No, he couldn't stop it in time
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:32 PM   #14
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This reminds me of a guy who was trying to back a utility trailer into a driveway across the street. I don't know where he got this thing, but it was about 8' of trailer, then 10' of tongue on the front of it. Very responsive to jack-knifing.

Well, I happened to be outside waiting to get the kids off the bus while I was watching him try to back it in. He was turning in on the passenger side, but instead of crossing into the oncoming lane (sort of, you know how they're not marked in these sub divisions) he thought he could do it all from the one lane. Well no way was he able to do it. When he managed to put the tongue under his bumper on his third try I finally realized this is more an issue of an inexperienced driver than an just a guy who was having a bad day.

I tried to explain to him how to adjust his approach, by making full use of the roadway, but instead he just hopped out and tried to talk me into backing it in for him. Having worked with enough insurance companies over the years, I knew I was having nothing to do with driving his vehicle, but instead I offered to help him push it up his driveway if he unhooked it. It didn't look too heavy, just having a dog house on it and I figured that was safe enough.

Instead, he said he wanted to take one more try at it and went down the block to turn around. I thought he was going to try backing in from the driver's side to get a better angle, but instead he just turned in so he drove over his lawn and circled around to the driveway.

P.S. For the record, I can't back up my little 3' trailer that connects to my riding lawnmower more than 1' without jackknifing it either.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:37 PM   #15
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...For the record, I can't back up my little 3' trailer that connects to my riding lawnmower more than 1' without jackknifing it either.
It is definitely a challenge. Usually takes me 2 or 3 times to get it close to where I want it. Sometimes if it is empty, I will just get off and move it!
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:23 AM   #16
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It is definitely a challenge. Usually takes me 2 or 3 times to get it close to where I want it. Sometimes if it is empty, I will just get off and move it!
this is why my DH makes me pay someone to do our lawn.... well ok that and the 2 big 45 degree hills in our little 1/3 acre lawn.
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The idea of a rubber hitch sounds like quite a stretch.
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I came scarily close to fully jackknifing my popup with my brand new dually on the pop-up's last trip out. Fortunately for me, my cousin was watching and shouted in time. I'd have been real sad to ding that truck that early on (less than a month of ownership).
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