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Old 11-28-2014, 01:22 AM   #1
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Backing Camper Tricks

Over the weekend we were at a state park that only has 18 sites, it's a nice little park about 3 miles off interstate 10 so you get a lot of travel trailer layovers for the night. As we enjoying the evening around a camp fire one guy came in and it was almost painful to watch him over correct on this 24" finally my adult son said, "come on Dad lets go help him!" I warned him that some guys were a little touchy about getting help.
It wasn't 30 minutes later that this guy comes in pulling a 32". Interesting watching him, first he turned off his head lights so his eyes would adjust to using his running lights, then we notice that the wife has her phone out talking to him over the trucks blue tooth connection. He easies that big rig in with one fluid movement as the wife talks him back. Later we watched a women come in pulling a 28" Airstream. She walks the spot and the gets out two battery powered lanterns place one on either side of the pavement just off the pavement on the grass, then she to turns off her head lights and just leaves the running lights on, She too slides that rig right into the spot. We were impressed. My own expertise at backing are just barely acceptable so I am always easily impressed.

I wondered what are some of your tricks for backing your rigs in at night.


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Old 11-28-2014, 02:06 AM   #2
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Day or night we always use the walkie talkies. Dh will tell me drivers side or passenger side and what the obstacle is (ie tree 3 ft back drivers side) or where he needs me to be. Typically I'm ahead of him as to what I want to do with the trailer but it's good to have him watch out for obstacles. The scoop method is good to utilize. I could put my 30' tt anywhere I needed to. I'm still figuring out backing the new fiver.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:26 AM   #3
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Once I learned to place my hand on the 6 o'clock position on the steering wheel and move my hand in the direction that I want the back of the trailer to move, everything got much easier.

The two lanterns for landing lights is a great idea.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:51 AM   #4
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Backing Camper Tricks

I recently owned a TT and the key is use one side of your trailer as the guide. I use the drivers side. I backed my 33' TT down my 200' driveway with my Suburban with no issues. I used my side mirror and steered from it without looking at the steering wheel. That will mess u up. By remembering to turn at the bottom of the steering wheel the way you want the trailer to go (without looking at it--it seems counter intuitive) you will guide it where you want it to go. Another thing, which I think is one of the bigger missteps people make is over steering. Small movements work like magic; don't panic and try not to over correct. That is something a took a while for me to learn but once I got it, it made things much more relaxing.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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Once I learned to place my hand on the 6 o'clock position on the steering wheel and move my hand in the direction that I want the back of the trailer to move, everything got much easier.

The two lanterns for landing lights is a great idea.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:45 AM   #6
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I back a lot of trailers and I use the drivers side as a guide also but will be purchasing two lanterns for out lining the back of the site, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing your observation. One other note is my old TT seemed to be more susceptible to oversteer than our current TT. The new one is longer too.


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I arrive before sun down. Nothing worse than having to guess tree limb height at night.
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I arrive before sun down. Nothing worse than having to guess tree limb height at night.

It's hard on the birds too😄


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I have been told by the experienced that the longer they are the easier they are to steer. I did not believe it when I owned a 23' but when I went to the 33' they were right.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:35 AM   #10
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I've used little reflective dots that stick on to mark trees and the back of the campsite. You can find them real cheap.
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