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Old 04-04-2015, 09:36 PM   #11
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google truck driving instructions or lessons. I found a big rig lesson. After I got my first fifth wheel I could not back up wheel even though I had towed and backed a boat for 40 years. I got some pointers as to how to logically approach and prepare to enter a backin drive way that were invaluable. Ever since I can get in anything almost.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:45 PM   #12
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I assume you are familiar with backing,so you need to pull past the campsite just a little further then turn the steering wheel a little harder to get the TT to start turning then follow in, not a whole lot different, good luck
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:00 PM   #13
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Big Bill, if you have a four lane highway to get in this works fine. If limited in road width and driveway width or angle it can be tough. The distance from the driveway to your parallel vehicle and trailer is important. You can also set up the turn when approaching the driveway by first turning away from the driveway and then back toward it as you pass it . This puts your TV and trailer at an angle to each other before you ever start entering the driveway. In this way you can more easily back into a narrow spot from a single lane rv park road. If you experiment with this and practice a couple times I makes getting in the toughest spots easy. Again look at how the big rigs do it. These guys usually do a lot better job than the average RVr.
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Old 04-05-2015, 01:28 AM   #14
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Thanks for the information. I am going to a KOA this weekend in Pendleton OR, so I will try the turn away then back again technique. I have been pulling tt for years, but the 5th wheel has been giving me trouble.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:17 AM   #15
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Thanks for the information. I am going to a KOA this weekend in Pendleton OR, so I will try the turn away then back again technique. I have been pulling tt for years, but the 5th wheel has been giving me trouble.
The pivot point of the fifth wheel is closer to you because it is in the middle of the bed not on the bumper.

I will guess you are making turns too soon due to habit.

And I agree with the scoop method.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:12 PM   #16
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My stationary mountain site is in a level area of the resort. After trips, I take the rv to the site and hook it up and go 65 miles to home.
No spotters up there generally.
I have learned ( the hard way) set the rv wheels several feet ahead of the back in turn. Go slow and FOLLOW THE FLOW...over correction will cause me to miss. ALSO, I set out 4 of those cheap yellow blocks on the drivers side to gauge my alignment. The LAST of the yellow blocks sits right even with the center of my drivers door. EZ to see and I NEVER GO PAST THAT "all clear behind" maximum.
Practice, practice, practice.
Here is something to AVOID at all costs. Little old people on golf carts who will TELL YOU how it is done! Many have a class C 😖! Uhhhhh, no thank you.
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Big Vic thanks. Extremely helpful information even if it is a well deserved reminder of the little things.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:37 PM   #18
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This my first year owning a bigger 5th wheel. I am having a hard time trying to back it in my site at a campground. The roads are fairly narrow and I am 37 feet long. Any tricks for something that long?
There are a lot of learning aids out there, but none as good as actually doing it a few times. Did find one particularly helpful video made by a professional driver that helped ME understand the concepts involved -



Just take your time and don't worry about "all those other people" - they all started the same way......
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