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Old 01-07-2019, 01:24 PM   #21
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I find it absolutely amazing how many can't seem to back up a trailer by themselves.

I've been doing it since I was eight years old...

I'm 58 1/2 now...never once hit a thing!

Of course, now I'm all worried about my neighbors at the storage lot!

I've tucked it in this tight spot twice since I moved here all by my lonesome...
I park next to house on carport side. Try to keep it at 4" to 6". Sorry about pic but can't seem to rotate it.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:44 PM   #22
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backing into a tight spot

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I find it absolutely amazing how many can't seem to back up a trailer by themselves.

I've been doing it since I was eight years old...

I'm 58 1/2 now...never once hit a thing!

Of course, now I'm all worried about my neighbors at the storage lot!

I've tucked it in this tight spot twice since I moved here all by my lonesome...
Like so many things in life, 'the first ten thousand times are the hardest, after that no problem'. :-)
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:45 PM   #23
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The only good thing the Army taught me was backing a tractor and trailer. They took a bunch of us to an open field with lots of pine trees and let us practice backing up and maneuvering a heavy, steel coal trailer. The instructors took off for coffee and came back about an hour later. Wasn't much bark left on most of the trees, but we had a good time and learned a lot about backing.
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:17 PM   #24
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Backing in to tight spots (pics)

If you are not very good backing a camper then try this. When you start to back up place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Do not try to back up by putting your hand at the top of the steering wheel, wait until you get good at backing in before that. Just remember to place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Try that and see if it doesnít make a difference.
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:28 PM   #25
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If you are not very good backing a camper then try this. When you start to back up place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Do not try to back up by putting your hand at the top of the steering wheel, wait until you get good at backing in before that. Just remember to place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Try that and see if it doesnít make a difference.
This is how I was told and still do this quite often.

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Old 01-07-2019, 08:01 PM   #26
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John D - you're just a bada$$


We are not worthy!!!!


Tightest spot I had to back into was when I was 20 years old (about 38 years ago), I worked for Pepsi and I was responsible for setting up booths for the Pepsi Challenge. Our booth was a small, probably 10 or 12 foot trailer, single axle.


I had to back the trailer up on the sidewalk, and then back it around the corner of a building.. Staying on the side walk. Pretty proud of the fact I did it pretty quickly... at least that's how I remember it, and there's probably no one left alive that can dispute my recollection of the facts.


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This discussion reminds me of the ol' Red Simpson song....

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My wife used to cringe and nearly pass out when I backed into my driveway. It doesn't look bad, but when you have a narrow road, and 5' deep drainage ditches, along with a 22' truck and 30' worth of 5th wheel, it becomes quite a challenge. I have since widened the driveway (and actually park on the other side of my property, also with a widened driveway). But it was fun...NOT!

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My wife used to cringe and nearly pass out when I backed into my driveway. It doesn't look bad, but when you have a narrow road, and 5' deep drainage ditches, along with a 22' truck and 30' worth of 5th wheel, it becomes quite a challenge. I have since widened the driveway (and actually park on the other side of my property, also with a widened driveway). But it was fun...NOT!

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Old 01-07-2019, 09:37 PM   #30
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Sometimes it takes a little work to make it fit

First time out camping with my new 5th wheel and new truck I turned to sharp backing up and smashed the back window. With my bumper pull I could back it anywhere just can't get the hang of the 5th wheel pivot point.
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