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Old 12-23-2015, 10:05 AM   #31
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The "scoop" method is a must and having 1 "spotter" and 0 "helpers". A "spotter" only warns of imminent danger, a "helper" will try to guide you.
X2. Wife is to yell if I'm about to hit something. Otherwise, just stay where I can see her.

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Old 12-23-2015, 10:59 AM   #32
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No... not discouraged, but just trying to understand what I'd get into. So my truck can handle 1110 lbs on hitch weight when using a WDH. It's at the limit but doable. Did you weight your tounge? What was the issue you has specifically? I have chatted to a few folks that have towed this same trailer with 1/2 tons and no complaints. Let me know. Thanks.
Yeah I have weighed tongue and rv. Loaded I'm about 7900 lbs. I fought sway. Under hard braking it pushed TV into other lane. That was the point I got the F250. I started with the Andersen WDH that didn't go well at all. Bought Blue ox that was better. Hensley I bought used that felt most comfortable. Now I have gone back to blue ox with with F250.


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Old 12-23-2015, 12:03 PM   #33
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Wish I could help, but I've been backing (and pushing) trailers (bumper pull, gooseneck and 5th) for over 50 years and I still have problems. Well, at least I've managed to do it with a single shove maybe five times. I'm so bad at it that my friends I meet up with at the Bristol Nascar race sit around in lawn chairs and place bets on how many times I pull forward (it's a 90 backing turn into a 25 foot wide spot).
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:10 PM   #34
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I put my trailer into a tight spot in the back yard and have had trouble seeing exactly where I want to go (unclear landmarks). My solution is to take some of the bright orange leveling blocks that that go under the TT wheels and mark my target location. This is kind of like runway lights at an airport. The method really helps at campgrounds too. With driveways you generally have better landmarks but it can still help knowing where you are going.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:29 PM   #35
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UltraV hit the nail on the head for you. You sound like a pretty capable backer. Your trailer wheels will track where you want to park your rig so use targets such as what UltraV uses or kids sidewalk chalk, easy to see and to place your trailer's wheels on it. Give it a try.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:49 PM   #36
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Just had similar situation when I had to back into my spot at the Titusville-Kennedy Space Center KOA. Huge tree in the spot, campers on all sides and in front. I have a 36 ft 284BH with 2005 F250 Lariat 4x4 tow vehicle. I barely have enough room to open my one slide but cant open my awning completely. I had one of the KOA workers to spot for me. I got out and surveyed the space and surrounding area. I pulled well past where I initially thought I needed. I took my time and tried to keep the wheel turns as little as I could. The back of the camper takes a while to respond and it is esy to over correct. It took a couple tries but I was able to get it in the spot. I also had to get my camper wheels over roots from the tree. I was also add practice, practice, practice or better yet go camp go camp go camp. Each time will get better. Don't get discouraged. Don't get impatient with yourself.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:06 PM   #37
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A backup camera dose wonders for this issue. You don't need a spotter with the camera.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:09 PM   #38
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A backup camera dose wonders for this issue. You don't need a spotter with the camera.
Recommend one? I assume it'll be wired for reliability. Let me know. I think I'd like to have one anyways.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:42 PM   #39
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Although a camera would be good for hitching up and judging where the back of your TT is in relation to the back of the site (or your garage), personally, I don't think it would help me avoid obstacles. IMO, a spotter is best for that. I like the idea of using bright objects to make a target path.

I completely understand your dilemma. Here's my story.

We bought our current TT (29' model, actually 32' long) this past Spring, and took it to a Provincial Park this past summer. Site access was by narrow, one lane winding roads with big trees on both sides. It was very intimidating. I got it in the spot but no where near where I wanted it to be. I got lucky as a professional truck driver came by and offered to help - so I let him park it so I could see what he did different than I was doing. As other posters have said, he started by hugging the side of the road that the campsite was on (driver's side) but the biggest thing he did different was to start farther ahead than I did. He had to track the driver's side of the TT through some brush on the near side but got it exactly where we wanted it first time. All week I was dreading getting it out but it went fine. I got it out first try without any backing. I just had spotters ensure I didn't come close to the "hard" obstacles. That was the first time I really appreciated the shorter 145" wheelbase on my F-150.

So, I echo the advice "practice, practice, practice."

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Well said,Wobbles!

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