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Old 05-20-2015, 04:50 PM   #51
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Backing up a TT

For some its natural, for some its not no matter the practice, in this case get a back up camera to help you. For me I call my wife on the cell, and with my hand on top of the bottom of the steering wheel so that I Turn the opposite without thinking instead of turning normally at the top, on top of the steering wheel. She will direct me turn driver or turn passenger depending on the way I need to park. When I'm alone, just have to take it slow and get out and check surrounding in a cramped area or site. If I got room then just take it slow and use your mirrors and you should do just fine. Get out if you need to check just to be sure. Its also good to do a little practicing in a large parking lot and some orange traffic cones to practice backing into a spot that is tight.
When about to back into a spot on my ledft I start to the right of the "street" and turn towards my space then away as I pull forward to help line up the rearend close to the site I want to pull into making sure to pass it slightly, then I move my hand to the top of the bottom of the steering wheel after disabling my brake boost ( does not apply to all unless to have a trailer brake controller) and cautiously begin backing up my rig facing the rear, looking over my shoulder. In tight spots I recommend a spoter or back up cams if you got the money, to make sure your going in straight. You may need to pull forward and straighten the rig, but in the end you can get into most spots without to much back and forth.
Always make sure of obstacles in your path such as trees or low hanging wires, etc. Make sure you clear all them around and above. The main thing is practice, practice, and, practice some more.
Once your straight and where you want to park it, check the level of the TT and add your leveling blocks as needed to level the left to right, the unhook and level with the jack front to back, then drop your stabilizers to the ground adding wood or leveling blocks as needed. Hope this makes sense to someone and helps them, happy travels and God Bless.

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Old 05-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #52
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Back up very slowly and turn the steering wheel very little. Get use to use your side mirrors. Practice getting the truck/trailers in a straight line and backing up on s straight line. Backing up into a site that sometimes is a empty field is helped by putting up orange cones but I use 4 big orange plastic stakes bought at Home Depot. Helps me a lot. When I back up I always keep stakes in view of one mirror or the other. I did s lot of practice in parking lots after hours and weekends. I asked a seasoned RV'er to guide me and give me tips. Saved my marriage.

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Old 05-20-2015, 07:55 PM   #53
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GOAL is the first thing to do. If you want to go left, turn right, etc. First time just walk it through slowly. Always know someone else is always looking (and laughing). Get over it! Cell phone is better but if you can't see her STOP! Figure which way you like to back up better -from the driver's side or the passenger. I like the driver's side best. I also like to get the longest approach I can to adjust but sometimes that just isn't good enough or possible. Even if its a pull through or drive through, you still have to get enough swing to be straight. If all else fails, be the first folks to get there and take your time.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:05 PM   #54
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You folks with using cell phones must not camp where I camp. I have been to very few NP/SP that have cell coverage. My trailer isn't that long and I have been backing trailers into ridiculous locations for a lot of years, so I will pass anyway.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:33 PM   #55
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My wife and I have hand signals worked out and have used the same ones for years. So on our first trip this year this past Sunday she was guiding me and doing a great job. I was backing into a space with plenty of room and she was directing me I made a final check of my drivers side mirror and then looked back to the other side to see her in the mirror and she was swinging both arms wildly!! Needless to say I hit the brakes hard put it in park and jumped out to see what was the issue. When I got to the back of the 5er she was still swinging her arms wildly so I ask what the heck was she doing she replied don't you see all these nats they are all over me!!
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:43 PM   #56
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Look at this website and watch the informative videos they have. This should help alot for anyone having problems backing up their TT or FW.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:58 PM   #57
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Can't help much on this one I usually do most of it alone unless there is something behind the trailer that I can't see and all I get there is "stop". I do like the idea of using cell phones communicate, Definitely keep where the driver can see you, make sure your right and his are the same, keep things simple and don't give too many directions stay calm.
Think about things before you do them make life easier not harder.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:07 PM   #58
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Keep a flash light handy. After I survey the site for limbs, poles, hookups etc... I tell her where I want the back of the trailer to be and where I want to be left and right. I'll have her stand on the inside of the truck meaning if I'm turning the wheel right (moves the front of the truck left) I have her stand on the drivers side of the truck. That way I can see her. At night, I just have her shine a flash light at the ground towards the truck. Gives me enough light to see where I'm going. Also, if you don't have mirrors that extend out, buy add ons. 8' wide trailer and 6 foot wide truck, you can do the math.

Most important, don't be afraid to look foolish. I have been pulling campers, boats, jet skis, and every type of trailer since before I had a drivers license and even I have to pull up and straighten up several times occasionally.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:12 PM   #59
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I have relegated Susie to chatting with any neighbors while I back the 30 ft. Surveyor into the site, with frequent get out and see how your doing and a mental picture look, as suggested by " Pvillebley"( Sound advice ). I also made rule number 1, Thou shall not back in after dark with two maple trees on either side of the site pad. I finally got in after a kind hearted Canadian put his Molson down, stifled his laughter and by standing on the drivers side where I could see him in my mirror, backed me in with two commands. He was humored by Susie standing no where that I could see her, swinging her flashlight back and forth with advice on backing that made no sense and I could not hear. Love her dearly for 50 years, but she will not back me in again after rapping my bicycle around a 4x4 site number post. That and ruining a front tire that was torn by a fire ring was the end of her backing me into tight spots and that was the most serious backing damage.

Thankfully the Surveyor is still in good shape and damage free after our first two years of being on the road. I'll save the story about picking up the Surveyor, after an internet buy, in Islip Long Island and making a wrong turn ending up with 70 ft. of truck and trailer with Ma & Pa "Kettle" negotiating lower Manhattan streets, to get back on I80 west to PA.

This is a great site and we really enjoy our informative evening email readings from all of you. God Bless our troops, past and present, fly Old Glory and have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day!
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:49 AM   #60
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We have a different wrinkle on the Walkie Talkies, my wife phones me and both phones are put into speaker-phone mode . I put mine on the dash as she instructs me.
The hands on the steering wheel bottom is a tool taught me by an old trucker and works great once practiced.
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