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Old 06-23-2016, 11:33 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Just purchased a Wolf Pup 16bhs travel trailer. We are trying to figure things out and so far it seems good. Except for backing up. Yikes. I can't believe folks make it look easy. Anyway, hello.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:51 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

Just purchased a Wolf Pup 16bhs travel trailer. We are trying to figure things out and so far it seems good. Except for backing up. Yikes. I can't believe folks make it look easy. Anyway, hello.
It may 'look easy'.... but the best of us still hit/run over, 'stuff'. Have a spotter.
Take your time and keep at it and 'down the road' someone will say, "he makes backing up look easy".

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Old 06-23-2016, 11:56 PM   #3
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I even watched you tube videos and am telling myself everyone starts out like this and every thing I read says, practice, practice. Thanks for your words. We'll keep at it.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Now that schools are out take your camper to a school parking lot to practice. One thing I learned was to get the camper and tow vehicle straight in line with each other. Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move your hand/wheel in the direction you want the rear of the camper to go. Yeah it's easy to over steer but practice is the key. Good luck, with time you'll be backing up in your campground spot and some newbie will think 'Wish I could back up a camper like that'.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:36 AM   #5
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When it doubt, start over.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:43 AM   #6
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Couple of quick pointers.
1. Go slow
2. Do not over steer ( wait for trailer to respond).
3. Holding steering wheel @ 6 o'clock position move hand in direction you want trailer to go.
4. If possible have someone help guide your. ( inexpensive walkie talkies are a big help).
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Hello and welcome from SW Idaho.

As above slow and easy, when in doubt use the G.O.A.L method (get out and look)

Things will get easier with time and soon you will be able to make it look easy.

Have fun and camp happy!
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As above slow and easy, when in doubt use the G.O.A.L method (get out and look)
I end up having to park mine without help over half the time, but I get out and look at least once even with help. I like to know exactly where everything is in relation to the trailer and not rely on someone else..maybe just a little paranoid.

That is, though, probably a good habit to get into. You really need to have a good picture of where everything is when you back into somewhere. There's a lot of things to consider...overhead clearance, distance to power and water connections / slide out clearance / stabilizer jack clearance (they're fond of putting those concrete parking space stops at the end of sites here) / awning clearance and the like. It becomes second nature after awhile.
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Old 06-24-2016, 11:14 AM   #9
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Welcome to the RV Lifestyle & Forums from Huntsville, AL!


GOAL is your friend (Get Out And Look )


As others have said, get some road cones (we like the collapsible ones Amazon sells) and practice in a empty parking lot. After you are a pro and backing, the collapsible cones are a great addition to your roadside emergency kit!


These are the ones we have:
https://www.amazon.com/Eurow-Safety-...8KNH5D8D0AZFGY
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See if this helps:

Learn To RV: Tips and Tricks to Backing Up
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