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Old 12-22-2015, 08:31 PM   #1
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Suggestions for backing large trailer into tight spot

I am considering buying a 8329ss at roughly 35ft. I have a F150 supercrew 5.5 bed. That combo is long already and now I want to back that combo from the road which is 23 ft wide into my driveway which is 17 ft wide and 35 ft long and at a 90 deg angle to the road. (Less than ideal I know!) The green is grass and other neighbors property where there are trees and boulders I cannot drive into.

This is my issue and I want to see if there is anyone with good experience to give pointers before I try it. As you can see I am concerned that I won't be able to do it so I made a scale model of the rig and trailer. And it seems doable, but just looking for thoughts. I am very good at backing our 22ft trailer now, but this a lot longer.

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Old 12-22-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:52 PM   #3
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:52 PM   #4
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That sounds better than what you will have at many campgrounds. Practice is my suggestion. The longer the trailer, the easier to back but slower to respond. Do the scoop technically where you swoop through the top of the site and out the other top side of it. As you pull past tip the nose of your truck to the passenger curb (given backing in to passenger side spot) This has your angle already started for you. I was also taught to stay closer to the side you want yo back in to when starting as it will give you more room for your arc. Get some good walkie talkies for you and your other half. Use passenger side and drivers side instead of left and right. Dh will tell me tree passenger side 3 ft so I can react accordingly.

Ps I like the model trailer.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:01 PM   #5
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I have always done that backing my 22ft and was doing that with my model, just didn't know it had a name! it's just so tight. Swinging the trailer and the truck against the other side of the road.

I definitely will practice in an empty parking lot before ever bringing it home. I'll set up cones to represent the exact situation I have to make sure I can do it.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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Funny video. It is a great primer. I have a 29' TT that I now have good comfort with backing up. The comfort comes from repeating the effort.
The DW an I no-longer(recently) have ill words as I have gotten better and do not depend on her. Big point here, get out and look yourself. An extra is to look for possible low branches. It takes awhile to look like you know what you are doing.

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Old 12-22-2015, 11:07 PM   #7
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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
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:46 AM   #8
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Try to back to the driver side instead of passenger of possible. You can look thru your window when mirror are out of the viewing area.

Good idea on practicing in a open area. Once you learn where the trailer tires need to be as you make your manveuer it should be the same.

Just put my 35 ft in a spot in the dark and never been here. A slow steady speed and not over correcting on the steering wheel will be the biggest help. If frustrated take a break it will make it worse.

Patience and practice. You will get it.

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SLOW movements and Do NOT have LOT's of HELPER's! Youroo!!
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:57 AM   #10
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Very helpful suggestions! Thanks. To clear something up, I will be backing in from the right. So ill be backing the passenger side in first. I have done this many times with the other trailer and just made it, I am wondering if this length will be harder or easier. Guess only on e way to know..... just buy it and try it.

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