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Old 12-24-2015, 12:07 PM   #61
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I do not see why not, the pivot point is different than a TT but the concept is still the same.
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Old 12-24-2015, 02:59 PM   #62
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I try to back in from drivers side with a spotter. I do this with a 32' MH and 20' car trailer. Swoop and go slow. If never did it before with a trailer, I tell people to put their hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and move you hand the direction you want the trailer to go. Bumper tow only. Trailer right/hand right. Trailer left/hand left
One thing that also helps your spotter and the driver is 2-way radios! I have Mrs. Ornery stand in my blind spot side to make sure I won't hit anything.
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Old 12-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #63
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Any suggestions on backing in at night would be appreciated. DW with a flashlight only gives you one point of reference. I put the corner of the 5er at the light , but was crooked in the pad.
Thanks for the comments.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:58 AM   #64
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I too have been doing the "swoop" for way too many years, without knowing it had a "name". But, it is exactly right and thanks for sharing the video.

Even the swoop (so called) has limitations when pulling long trailers on narrow roads.

What I see many people doing; that I am also prone to do, is to not pull up far enough.

If alone, I often get out and lay down targets for my inside trailer tires to "hit" no matter the direction I am backing. That might be a piece of flora or fauna or what have you. Naturally, it has to be in view.

A good driver is just as likely to be a woman than a man. A lot of that depends on confidence and skill of the individual and it is absolutely not gender specific. Unwarranted confidence can be dangerous. For example, the best concrete truck driver I have ever seen was a woman. She could put the truck exactly where it needed to be and deliver the heavy wet stuff like she could read minds. And, never hurt the equipment, like so many men did.

I am a born helper, but DO NOT help unless asked. If I witness serious struggling, it is hard for me not to help. I might move closer and if I get a hint or a sad look I will smile and ask if help is needed (but never driving) and like to turn the opportunity into a learning event, then move away while they are setting up.

My DW can do anything with a loader / tractor she wants to, but prefers that I do the driving when I'm there... its her conviction not based on reality; she has the skills, but the way she was raised, the man does the driving. I will ask her to drive while backing up while arriving or hooking back up before leaving very often.
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Oh, about backing at night. If its into a site with hazards, such as tree limbs, other vehicles, etc., it is going to take a good spotter with a good flashlight and considerably more time, at least it would for me. I would use the same methods, just be far slower and more careful. I have done it and I do not like it at all and avoid late arrivals as much as possible.
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:28 PM   #65
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I put a receiver on the front of my truck for moving my three trailers around my very tight property . Make the job so easy....
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:07 PM   #66
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I'm a solo female RVer and have done all of the backing into sites except twice. Once I gave up too soon because of blocking traffic and the second time because I wasn't feeling well and I needed another set of eyes.

On one trip as I was lining up to.back in neighbors came out with chairs and drinks to watch. Really?? Ha ha....got it in where I wanted it on the first attempt. Didn't see those neighbors again until I was backing up to hitch up.

I only keep one hand on the steering wheel but will try keeping it on top next time.
I don't mind helpers but only after its clear I might need some help.
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Old 12-25-2015, 08:36 PM   #67
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Any suggestions on backing in at night would be appreciated. DW with a flashlight only gives you one point of reference. I put the corner of the 5er at the light , but was crooked in the pad.
Thanks for the comments.
Member 1l243 did a nice job installing lights on the back of his trailer. See this Added Back Up Lights
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Old 12-25-2015, 08:47 PM   #68
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I've found that the Sharx observation camera I installed has awesome infrared capability for backing up. Really clear picture.
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Any suggestions on backing in at night would be appreciated. DW with a flashlight only gives you one point of reference. I put the corner of the 5er at the light , but was crooked in the pad.

Thanks for the comments.

Seen glow sticks where they wanted tires to be. I want to see my tires to the place I have picked out either on the ground or in my head and you see if you are getting off the path. Either correct if not much or pull up to get the right angle.


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Have you considered a power dolly? I have a powercaster pc-3. I can completely turn around my 38' long 11,000lb trailer within a 55' wide area. They're a bit pricey but simple to use. Attachment 96680



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