Originally Posted by RickRed52
I purchased a Rock wood 2503s. It's the first trailer I've had in decades. I'm terrible with backing into sites. I wish there was a class available to take. I've watched a dozen YouTube videos but that hasn't done much to improve my skills. Is there a good book to read, a class to take, or tips experienced folks could share?
All the suggestions here are good. For me it was a natural having owned my own farm and worked in the oil patch with all kinds of trucks and trailers.
This is what works for me. I pull up to my site (and turn my flashers on), I walk the site checking for over head branches and other possible obstacles that could do damage. Then I pick a land mark, like a rock, shrub or tree (or make a mark in the dirt) where I want the driver-side of the trailer to line up with.
I then pull ahead at least a trailer length on an angle across road (if possible), this way you have already eliminated some of the turning of the trailer.
if at all possible, line up your trailer so when you back in you see the trailer and the entrance to the site in your driver side mirror
. This way it is way easier as you start backing up and you can even turn your head a bit (to your left) if needed and you will see the whole trailer and the entrance to your site.
As you back in, look for your land mark and you will do just fine.
Backing in from the passenger side takes more practice.
If you do it enough times it will become second nature, but it does take practice, no way around it.
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