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Old 11-29-2014, 09:36 PM   #21
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I don't backup on the "drivers" side either. I've tried but doesn't work for me!


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Old 11-29-2014, 10:33 PM   #22
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thanks for some really good ideas on backing. I think most of us realize that the more practice you have the easier it gets. When I started I took the trailer over to the high school parking lot on Sunday with a couple of orange cones and practiced knocking them over. I got really good at killing them. Four years now and wife and I have figured out trailer speak which helps a whole lot. I agree it is always better to get to your camp ground before dark but sometimes that doesn't work. Love camping in winter even though the days are shorter. Thanks again.


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Old 11-29-2014, 11:13 PM   #23
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A few years ago, I had to back up a few times while tandem towing. Yep, can do. Trick is patience, now I don't tandem tow anymore but I can now say "been there, done that"
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:32 PM   #24
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Unfortunately my wife is not helpful when it comes to directing me while backing, so I have to get out and check clearances myself. The place at home where I park my trailer when its not in use is extremely tight and its a long way back, so I have to be lined up perfectly at the start or its not gonna go. The main advice I have is...take your time. Don't get frustrated or distracted. When we get to a campsite, the dog is always excited so I have my wife get out and take the dog for a stroll while I get the trailer situated in peace! A few things that I have found that can be helpful are to lay out a guide if there is a hazard, such as a big rock near the back of the campsite that is out of sight while backing. In those cases I will lay a white water hose out to mark the furthest back I want to go. And yes, the longer the distance between the hitch and the trailer axle the less sensitive it is and usually the easier to back.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:06 PM   #25
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My only suggestion is at all costs avoid the loop of shame. That's where you completely botched it and have to drive around the loop and try again.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:20 PM   #26
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Not so much a tip as it is a rule.

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If you are not sure, Get Out And Look!
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:57 PM   #27
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Not so much a tip as it is a rule.

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I don't care if Mother Teresa is back there with a cell phone glued to her ear and is holding a 10,000,000,000 candle power spotlight.

If you are not sure, Get Out And Look!
Nailed it! I get out almost every time even when I've got "help". My last darkness arrival I was backing in with "help" and would have been in a ditch if I didn't get out and look. When I asked at what point they were going to notice the ditch they just shrugged their shoulders.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:13 PM   #28
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Here is a tip that I saw on YouTube from a trucker that clicked with me on using my mirrors. Some guys use the hands on the botom of the wheel ect...
The video uses a different method, no matter where you put your hands on the wheel always steer towards the mirror that you you want to see less of the trailer in. It works!
Here is the link.....
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:14 PM   #29
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Pulling trailers most of all my life in both personal and business, I usually don't have any problem with using mirrors and putting the trailer where I want left and right fairly fast. It's depth that I usually can't see correctly at campsites, especially once I get in a straight track. This is the stage I have to exit, sometimes more than once, and survey the back of the spot to get the trailer at the depth I want.

Others have suggested using backup cameras with which I agree, and I keep a great little baby monitor wireless one in my truck. I just place it down at the spot I want the stabilizers to be and can see exactly where I want to stop when backing up. Here is a pic of that from another forum where we discussed it.

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Old 01-12-2015, 07:19 PM   #30
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My only suggestion is at all costs avoid the loop of shame. That's where you completely botched it and have to drive around the loop and try again.
LOL, so I'm going to go with this being said tongue in cheek in jest.. but, let me say- it's better to do the loop of shame than damage. I got to experience both because I didn't want to loop right away.
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