Originally Posted by ependydad
I pull a fifth wheel and have never pulled a TT (except for my pop-up). The dealer sent me on a test drive with my truck and new camper and one of their techs riding shotgun. The tech gave me tips and input as I went along. We drove for about 30 minutes or so. I found it very helpful as a complete rookie to pulling anything big.
The one thing he told me for making turns was watch the camper's wheels. Whenever they pass whatever your obstacle is, then it is safe to turn as sharply as you need/can. It help me safe as I got a feel for when to turn and how sharply to do it. I tend to watch the inside wheels throughout most turns.
Best advice about turning. Watch your mirrors. once your tires are past the point you are trying not to hit, crank it over and you have made your turn.
As for backing up, bring it home and give the neighbors entertainment for the after noon and just practice.
Turn you wheel, look in the mirrors, if it isn't going the direction you want, crank it the other way.
In time, it will become second nature.
I personally never worried about hand on the bottom of the wheel stuff, I just cranked it over and watched the trailer. If going the wrong way, stop and crank it the other way.