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Old 04-03-2015, 10:57 PM   #1
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Backing my 3150 Cardinal into camp site

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?

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Old 04-04-2015, 05:07 AM   #2
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Take your time. Use a spotter that you can communicate with. Hand signals are great but I love blue tooth on my truck. The wife gets on her phone and calls me hands free.

Ever body has been there. Check your overhead for clearance as well.

If you get jammed up pull forward and reposition.


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Old 04-04-2015, 05:57 AM   #3
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I'll echo what Salt Shaker said and just say that narrow roads just make it hard. Time and practice will make it easier.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:03 AM   #4
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Hopefully your campsites arenít set at 90 degrees to the road. A few campgrounds I stay at have narrow roads with 90 degrees sites, those are a bear to get into.

One thing I do is drive an arc pattern as I drive passed the site. In other words, approaching the site I angle the truck toward the campsite, as I pass the site I angle the truck away from the campsite until Iím clear of the site and in a position to start backing. This leaves the fifth wheel already slightly angled toward the campsite. I hope I explained this so it is understandable. Regardless, big rigs and narrow roads are problematic.

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Old 04-04-2015, 12:57 PM   #5
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Look on YouTube for "the Scoop" maneuver

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Old 04-04-2015, 01:17 PM   #6
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How far past the campsite do you pull your rig before you start backing up? I had a 35 ft cougar 5th wheel and it seemed easier than my cardinal.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:34 PM   #7
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Just my $.02.....I try to concentrate where the trailer tires are in relation to the drive/grass and maneuver to keep the tires on the drive/slab.
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With all the new backup cameras that are out there you can get two camera system and always use the driver side to back into as it is allot easier to see
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:37 PM   #10
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Interesting - I never knew that technique was the scoop. I started making that maneuver many years ago on the farm with tractors and spreaders. The video shows the idea of the swing in before pulling away to properly align the trailer axles with the site entry. They do show the TV pulling away at a sharper angle than what is practical on most campground roads but it does give a beginner the right idea for the ideal environment. I like what I read above about having the spotter on the cellphone - a great way to incorporate modern technology into the process. Another mention was made about 90 degree entries - sometimes entryways are even angles the wrong way. If I run into this I will have my spotter block the roadway while I go down and turn around - even if it's a one way, by blocking the roadway - oncoming traffic is a non issue and the reversal may make the entryway angle easier to approach... Experience is priceless but there is only one way to get it.

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