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Old 06-10-2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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Backing Up

Ok, I have no question here, nor the need for advice... Just the need to vent my apprehension. I recently purchased a 261BHXL, almost 30 feet ball to spare tire. I have NEVER towed something this long. I tow an 18 foot open car trailer somewhat often but this is obviously a different animal. I am taking it out for the first time next weekend and the campground has no pull through sites. I'm quite nervous. Not so much about backing it up, my 9 year old son will help me with that, but I'm nervous about looking like a moron doing it! It might take me a long time, then I need to remember all of the steps to setting the thing up! Wish me luck next weekend!
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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Good Luck!!!!!! Learning to back a longer trailer is not that different just more of it. Practice Practice Practice will be the best for making you comfortable. I have 5 trailers 10 to 36 feet each is just a little different.


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Old 06-10-2016, 05:01 PM   #3
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Don't sweat it, the longer the trailer the easier it is to backup. Use your mirrors and take your time. I drove semi with a 48 box and a pickup with a 10 utility trailer. Have a great time and don't worry about what someone may think of you...
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Why don't you get a little practice in, if you have time this weekend. Go to an empty parking lot somewhere (like a mall on Sunday morning or a big church/public school on Saturday) and practice backing in to parking places. Many people get them some orange cones or such, and try to back in between them.

That way, in a parking lot, you aren't nervous, and can easily just pull forward and try it again........as well as stay away from trees, poles, etc.

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Old 06-10-2016, 05:09 PM   #5
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I find backing our 42' fiver a lot easier than my 20' flatbed. We took ours to a large parking lot the day we brought it home and practiced backing it up.

Good luck and don't worry about what others think, I guarantee you at least one of them had issues backing in themselves.
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:13 PM   #6
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I think I will go practice, thanks. The dealer said that I can not back up with the weight distribution bars hooked up, but I have never had a problem with the car trailer doing that, is there something I'm missing, or is the dealer just being over cautious? I have no sway control mounted yet, I know I can't back up with that on, I'm just talking about the spring bars.
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I feel you. I just brought home the new toy. 32-9 long. Got the crash course.. I'm at the end of a narrow cul de sac and had to make a wide left on a cross street, back across, make another wide left to get it pointed the opposite direction, then back about 250 feet down the road to the driveway. I'm loving this back up camera.
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What WMTire said. He's pretty smart for a Cubs fan!!!

I've backed trailers all my life. BUT.......I dented my new truck backing a borrowed trailer last Monday. I'm 68. I've backed about 10,000,000 times. Honest. I've counted, I swear.

And I still mess up.

Go practice and welcome to the Fraternity of Scared Backing Brothers (FSBB).
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The dealer said that I can not back up with the weight distribution bars hooked up, but I have never had a problem with the car trailer doing that, is there something I'm missing, or is the dealer just being over cautious? I have no sway control mounted yet, I know I can't back up with that on, I'm just talking about the spring bars.
Haven't ever heard that one before, that you cannot back up with the wdh bars connected.


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I've backed up for years with our Grey Wolf with WDH connected. I DID take off the sway bars, though. Two separate things.
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