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Old 08-07-2015, 12:51 PM   #11
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Watched a guy try to squeeze into a tight spot from a narrow road at Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone NP. After 30 minutes of everyone helping he gave up. His lady hopped in the truck and slipped it in on the first pass. The men shook their heads, the women wore smiles and the guy popped a beer before he even unhitched. We all have those days. And.... We've all given trailer backing lessons to newbies.

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Old 08-07-2015, 01:15 PM   #12
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LOL been there done that, 42' 5er can be tough sometimes.

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Old 08-07-2015, 01:42 PM   #13
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I never learned how to back mine in until the first time I went out without DW (She joined me later because she was working). Usually she was the spotter and I just did as she would tell me (such is life). Even then it took three or for or ten tries sometimes to get in a spot, often times feeling like I was the entertainment for the CG.

So as I drive to the CG that evening all I could think was how in the H was I going to do it without her and how fun it was going to be for the people around me. When I showed up and found my site (looked easy on the map if it were to scale) would be a challenge for a pro I about left. The only reason I tried was because the guy next to me suggested I jack knife it in like he did. I had never tried this before but understood the concept. So I tried it and felt like a a pro, I got in on one try and only had to get out to see how far back I needed to go (I need a backup cam on trailer now).

Now every time we go out I have my wife stay in so she is not tempted to take us back to our old ways of getting it in. Heck the jack knife solution even works to get it into out tight spot in between to HUGE 5ers at our storage lot including when she is not able to be there.

May not work for everyone but I have become a jack knifing pro and it is about the only way I back in now. Some people look at me funny when I start but are quick to point out how easy I make it look when I hit it on the first try.
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:09 PM   #14
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With my first camper, an 8 foot single axle popup, I would pull up next to the site, unhitch, and shove the thing in by hand.

That little trailer reacted SO fast and would jack-knife on a dime.

Our bigger trailers were so much easier to back in! I can get our 33'' TT into just about anything these days, even with someone waiting on me to get by.
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:22 PM   #15
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Were only allowed 2 tries in Saskatchewan, then they kick us out!! Lol

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Old 08-07-2015, 02:27 PM   #16
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Were only allowed 2 tries in Saskatchewan, then they kick us out!! Lol
And that is with pull -thru's!
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:28 PM   #17
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I had to laugh at your predicament but only because it reminded me of when I bought a 30 ft SeaRay boat that was docked at Lake Erie near Sandusky, OH. This had a single screw and as I found out it was quite hard to maneuver. I backed the baby out and ended up going around in circles. All the boat owners around were either sitting there with cocktails in hand laughing or standing out on the edge of the boat trying to ward off me hitting them. Needless to say it was a bit embarrassing. Took me a while to learn how to dock the darn thing but usually there was someone around to help when u came in. That always helps

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Old 08-07-2015, 02:38 PM   #18
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All about length and turning radius.... and when the park was built.


One of the CG's I stay at was built back when there was no such thing as a slide out and crew cab pickups were rare. They have a few 45 degree spots that are easy, and the rest are 90 degree or pull through loops. The 90 degree ones are tough because the road is only about 10 feet wide and they put concrete curbs at all the site entrances. The pull through loops are really small and they have curbs the entire length of the driveway. With my CCSB pickup and 26' trailer I almost always have to jump a curb to get in or out of the site. The guys with big trailers do some serious curb jumping.

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Old 08-07-2015, 03:44 PM   #19
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BFR (before Forest River), we were going to our first rally with our newcTT. One of the campers asked our site number so they would all get their lawn chairs out and watch us back in. My response was:

A. I've been backing trailers for years, and
B. We have a pull through spot.

Party over.
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Old 08-07-2015, 03:47 PM   #20
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People have such a good time and a good laugh watching me back in that I am now charging for the entertainment.

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