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Old 05-21-2015, 08:41 AM   #61
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One really important thing is, with all that looking behind you, remember to pay attention to where the TV front wheels are. Dents in fenders from unaccomodating trees can suck.
Find the speed that is right, open all your windows, worse comes to worse call the CG office for help.
Last year had the CG owner directing; done in one shot, and he ws in his golf cart and gone in a minute.
Always remember, learning under stress only works sometimes. Prsctice as relaxed as you can be.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #62
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Amen on watching your front fenders! Our first storage area was VERY tight getting backed in and they had some very nice, very strong, bollards (pipe in the ground for protection) at the corners of a building that was right across from our parking area. The big issue was they are not tall enough for me to see over the hood and fenders of the truck so very possible to cave in the fender accidentally. Hence we decided that the DW would walk around with the radio to watch my clearance at front, as well as assist at the back. She is good about continously talking and telling me how I am doing (that is another thread altogether!) If I am not hearing her often, telling me it is looking good "keep coming", or some other directions, I begin to worry the radio isn't working. BTW we have never had a radio issue. We can pretty much back into anything now, not quickly, but we can get there and still be on speaking terms.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:16 AM   #63
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Basic backup tool is to put hand at bottom position of steering wheel. (6:00 position) rear of trailer will go the direction you push the steering wheel.
Parking.... Stop and walk around spot first. Look for low limbs, water faucets, elected post etc. Then plan where you want to go. Have a spotter watching your face in the side view mirror to warn of any hazards while you back. If you cab not see your spotter in the mirror STOP until they come back into view.
Practice in large empty lot will help.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:23 PM   #64
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:44 PM   #65
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When backing up place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, turn steering right and tail of trailer will go right. Turn steering wheel left tail of trailer will go left.
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Apparently, the 2016 F150 is going to have this:
2016 Ford F-150 adds trailer backup-assist feature










By the time it comes out, maybe you will be able to use your iPhone and just tilt it left and right This should make for some REALLY bad backing adventures and a load of laughs at the campground.
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:02 PM   #67
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Congrats on the new TT!
I agree on the bottom of the steering wheel comments, and the Youtube videos.
I used to really sweat backing up. It took me about 10 trips to get 100% confidence. If you have children or pets, I recommend getting them away from the process - they'll only add to the frustration (take them for a walk during the process, or tell them to keep quiet, etc.). Like others have mentioned, we've all been through it, so there's no shame in taking multiple passes to back into a spot. Try to be patient when he's backing up and ignore any snarky comments he may make while backing up - it used to be the most stressful part of my earlier trips. Before you know it, it'll be routine.
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:09 PM   #68
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Apparently, the 2016 F150 is going to have this:
2016 Ford F-150 adds trailer backup-assist feature










By the time it comes out, maybe you will be able to use your iPhone and just tilt it left and right This should make for some REALLY bad backing adventures and a load of laughs at the campground.

All that tech and it is still sideways to the world...good thing I comes with an off switch.
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It may already been mentioned somewhere in this 4 page post, but taking the trailer brakes off helps. I have a 36 foot fifth wheel and that is the first step before I back. You can run the electric brake back to zero and the trailer seems to roll easier. Just my 2 cents.


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It may already been mentioned somewhere in this 4 page post, but taking the trailer brakes off helps. I have a 36 foot fifth wheel and that is the first step before I back. You can run the electric brake back to zero and the trailer seems to roll easier. Just my 2 cents.
I am really confused about this. My TT brakes don't apply unless the TV vehicle brakes are being applied and the electronic unit senses that braking action through a pendulum or electronic sensor that measures the forces changing. If the TT brakes are applying during backing maneuvers, I am thinking you are backing up way too fast!
es'plain it to me Lucy... cuz I don't get it.
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