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Old 08-10-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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backing up a steep driveway

We need to back our fifth wheel up a curved steep driveway. Are their any tips from experienced RVers? We welded 6 inch steel swivel skid wheels on the rear frame, to prevent scaring the driveway. We tow our trailer with a GMAC Sierra dura max diesel.
Our trailer is 36 feet 3 inches long.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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Can put boards down to reduce to steepness from road to driveway assuming that will be the trouble spot.


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Old 08-10-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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If your truck is 4 wheel drive, put the transfer case in 4 low range. You'll have better control and save a lot of wear and tear on reverse gear in your transmission.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:59 PM   #4
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After you pull beyond the drive, you are on a pretty sharp angle which is good.
I back straight up on the angle that is now placing the back bumper past the driveway.
As soon as the first rear tire touches the apex of the angle, cut the wheels hard.
This swings the rear bumper back in line of the driveway while the rear tires are now lifting the unit up.

Hope that was clear as mud.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:33 PM   #5
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If your truck is 4 wheel drive, put the transfer case in 4 low range. You'll have better control and save a lot of wear and tear on reverse gear in your transmission.
That will put drive train in a tight bind on hard surfaces. Even with open differentials axles that is a lot pressure on axle shafts. But the extra engine torque would help specially on softer surfaces.
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If your truck is 4 wheel drive, put the transfer case in 4 low range. You'll have better control and save a lot of wear and tear on reverse gear in your transmission.
I do it this way when ever I have tight manuvering to do.No driveline wrap up because I put manual hubs on the TV a long time ago.
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Watch your engine and tranny temps as well. It doesn't take long for the temps to increase.
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If your truck is 4 wheel drive, put the transfer case in 4 low range. You'll have better control and save a lot of wear and tear on reverse gear in your transmission.

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I'm liking the 4WD as well.
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