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Old 09-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #21
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Thanks, all. I started pulling a trailer at a local lake as a kayak guide - my first few attempts where hogwash. Fortunately, that trailer was small + light enough that you got it close and then pushed it! That's not happening w/ the FW! I'll get better, it'll just take some time...
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:20 PM   #22
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So, not to revive an old thread.. but, wanted to give a quick update. At the end of that trip to the storage lot, my wife and I talked through some of her ideas of how to make it better. We followed those ideas 2 weeks later and had the camper parked within 10 minutes! It would have been about 1/2 of that, but we both felt I was too close to the line and wanted to center up in the spot some. Talk about a world of difference.

Now, I haven't done anything with it since parking it that time - we'll see how the next trip treats us...
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #23
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Go on you tube and do a search for backup up (or parking) at truck stop. The guys already parked at the truck stop have dash cameras. They are bored as heck so they film semi drivers trying to park their big rigs into spots at the truck stop. The "good videos" get posted to youtube so fellow truck drivers have some entertainment. The redneck color commentary audio tracks make it all the more interesting to watch. Just like a big RV, backing up a semi is the same drill, practice, practice, and practice some more.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #24
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Want to try something on the opposite extreme.......try backing up a 8x10 snowmobile or utility trailer with nothing on the the trailer. Typically these are towed with a SUV or 1/2 ton truck. The trailer is so small and low to the ground, you can't see it when nothing is on the trailer. This short little trailer will jacknife on you so quickly it will tick you off in no time. You HAVE to use your mirrors.

When you figure out how to backup a very short trailer, you will be able to back up a long trailer. Longer trailers are actually easier to backup than a very short trailer.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:18 AM   #25
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I was dubious at first,but IS much easier to back up our double axle 24ft trailer than the single axle 12 Ft we had before. That thing would jackknife if you blinked!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:02 PM   #26
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Well, I have to say I'm impressed. We have a motorhome and I always comment that I have no idea how anyone with a TT or 5er can back those things up. And to laugh about it on top of it shows you have a great sense of humor!! Congratulations on getting it in without hitting anything and with your improvement! I'd still be trying.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:32 AM   #27
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my wife and I talked through some of her ideas of how to make it better.
As a rookie "backer upper," I was wondering if you could share some of you ideas which might help me back up the trailer. Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #28
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as a former otr driver, i can relate. there were some days i couldnt hit the broad side of a building with 2 hands and a map, and other times i could blind side a 53' trailer back up a one way street in downtown chicago and thru the garage door to hit their dock in one shot. makes one kinda cocky. when time came to reload at another facility, that had about 20 doors and no other trailers to jockey around, i couldnt hit ANY spot for the life of me.

as for tips tinsu, if you put one hand on the top of the steering wheel and turn towards the left, trailer will go right. hand at the bottom of the wheel and turn wheel towards the left, the trailer will go left.

as always take your time, get out and check as many times as you feel you need to. if anybody behind you complains about why your taking too long, they either can get out to help (most will) or they should have left earlier to get in front of you. dont try to hurry because you (think) are holding someone up.

the longer the trailer, the easier to back up. they dont turn as fast
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:22 PM   #29
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... if anybody behind you complains about why your taking too long, they either can get out to help (most will) or they should have left earlier to get in front of you. dont try to hurry because you (think) are holding someone up...
OR tell them to trade places with you and let you stand outside and criticize.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:39 PM   #30
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that sounds much more polite than my suggestion
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