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Old 11-28-2014, 08:56 AM   #11
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This is helpful
http://youtu.be/hSyylWzrOX0
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:58 AM   #12
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The shorter the TV wheelbase and the longer the trailer wheelbase makes baking up a lot easier. I have more trouble backing up my little 10' snowmobile trailer than I do our 24' toyhauler. The hardest part is backing up on the blind side. I try to position myself so I'm backing up on the non-blind side and it makes life a hell of a lot easier. I can typically back it up myself when I'm on the non-blind side. The back-up camera I installed on the back of the trailer helps to avoid going too far and to avoid obstacles.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:08 AM   #13
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Being a noob with a 5th wheel, I make sure we have a pull through site or its daytime when we get there. With another year of camping coming up and more experience, I am sure sooner or later I will be backing in at night. I do like the idea of the 2 lanterns to use. I love this forum!
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:29 AM   #14
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My single axle 16' trailer I had was a pain to back up because it was so sensitive to every slight turn of the wheel. I think it's much easier to back up my 32'.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:31 AM   #15
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klarowe, I also added a camera on the back of my trailer. I am a noob myself, so I dont really have any comparison between having a camera and not having one, but I think it makes things pretty easy. Wife and I use the walkie talkie setup, and we are starting to get that part down (our problem is we dont speak the same language, when giving directions I tend to speak in a way that sounds like an instruction manual, and she speaks in very vague terms, like "this side". I really dont need the added level of trying to figure out what side "this side" is, when I am looking in the mirror, lol, so she is getting better at "driver side" "passenger side", lol). I admit that I know what side she is on, so it shouldnt matter, but with all the things I am trying to concentrate on, I just want to think as little as possible

I also kind of chuckled when you mentioned backing in on the drivers side, I have heard that from everyone, and I agree in theory it gives you more visibility of everything, making it easier, but for some strange reason, I struggle mightily to back in on the drivers side. Maybe it is that I can see everything so I make steering mistakes that I wouldnt make if I wasnt able to see??? Everytime we have to back into a site on the blind side, I back it in one try, unhook, and get it all set up. And then we look at each other and go, "why the hell is it so hard on the 'easy side' but so easy this way". I wish I could explain it. But if we pull up and the site is on the drivers side, we know we are in for a long afternoon, lol. Back it up, pull it forward, back it up, pull it forward, back it up, pull it forward... That is probably a little bit exaggerated, we are about 50% of the time one try on the drivers side, and 100% one try on the passenger side, which makes no sense (we store it at a storage lot that is a blind side back in and nail that everytime, lol). Oh well, having only pulled a trailer 7 times (or there about) in my entire life, I am doing ok, lol.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:55 AM   #16
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That is funny. Use whatever works
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:04 PM   #17
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I've stopped, exited the vehicles and walked teh ground behind and beside me.
Positioned the wife on my driver side rear of the trailer and told her to be vocal when i am getting off line but not before. She is also aware that once in the box she can tell me to stop or readjust as needed.

Then I've inserted 2 X 36 inch long PVC 1.5 inch OD pipes into the rear bumper (one on each side so they stick out about 2 feet.

Each pipe has a snap light (glow sticks for ex military folk) taped to them for illumination so i can see the passanger side end and driver side end. Then I've laid 2 more glow sticks on the ground where my left and right of arcs are located (final resting place of the trailer.

Headlights off prior to all this means my eyes are not blinded by white light - unless someone comes in towards me with another vehicle or some kid points a flashlight in my eyes asking if they can help while im backing.

I've only missed the mark 2 times and ive tried this in dozens of locations. At home o do this and generally will roll directly up onto the 2 X 10 planks in the driveway and I have to back across a main road from my neighbors diagnal dirveway.

the snap lights give me a strong visual of direction and clearances on the trailer end
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:12 PM   #18
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Love the analogy of different languages being spoken. I recount my wife standing behind a tree so she would not get run over while i backed up and was giving directions of a bit more to the left.... her left or to my left (or the trailers left)?

When i got out and looked under the trailer she asked from behind the tree "what in the heck are you looking for"

I answered "you" "I'm looking for you since i can't see you giving me the directions i need"

From that point onward i've used the glow sticks and if she gets upset she says "might as well keep going until it sounds expensive and then give it one more push just to make sure!"

21 years of wedded bliss and we've never had a fight.
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:07 PM   #19
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Here is a video that I watched when I got my first TT 4 years ago. This was very helpful and was a key technique in me learning how to back in today. I used this technique until I moved up to my Class A in August. Check it out!
http://youtu.be/RLtfrBWzNCw
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:35 PM   #20
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DW and I use the cell phones, I have it on bluetooth in my truck. Usually works great


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