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Old 04-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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My wife and I will travel to Ohio tomorrow to pick up our new Rockwood Mini-Lite 2306.....we're very excited. When I called the campground near RV Wholesalers where we'll be staying, the office guy asked me if I'd ever backed up an RV before. "No," I responded. "Good," he said, I'm gonna sell tickets so we can all watch. We can use a good laugh." Wise guy!!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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hahahah good one!! good luck with the camper, we have the same one ( but flaggstaff 23lb) on order!!! we dont know how to back up either!
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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Congratulations! I'll be up there in two weeks picking mine up. What campground will you be staying at?
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Don't let backing up freak you out or anything...it just takes practice and EVERYONE has had the learning curve. Just have someone spotting to YELL stop! Before you hit anything. I have days where I back up put it right where it needs to be first time and I have days where it just won't cooperate...
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thanks, Greti. The Indian Lakes State Park capmpground is located about a mile or so from RVW...$25 a night, and they allow pets as long as they're on a leash.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:51 PM   #6
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We get ours (finally) on tuesday. They're gonna bring it to our house for us. THEN the fun begins...we plan to go to the mall sunday morning and practice. Empty lot, no onlookers, lots of room and lines to guide us.

I also picked up some FRS radios so we can talk and not yell directions...now the DW does not take 'directions' well - we fight when we set up our popup (ok, she walks away and I have to setup by myself) so this is gonna be fun - NOT!

Our (ok, my) bigger fear is if we have to stop on the way to the campground, say at a mcdonalds or grocery store and I gotta back the rig up to get outta there. At least with our small popup I could see over it to knwo what was back there.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:25 PM   #7
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When I called the campground near RV Wholesalers where we'll be staying, the office guy asked me if I'd ever backed up an RV before. "No," I responded. "Good," he said, I'm gonna sell tickets so we can all watch. We can use a good laugh."
He could give out a "Day Pass" with me because I really, really, really suck at it. I have a wide open space and I still have problems backing into where I want it to end up. Now that there'a car on one side and a trailer on the other side it does help to see where my lane is but I still need a lot of practice. Of course it's easier when I have someone directing me.

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Our (ok, my) bigger fear is if we have to stop on the way to the campground, say at a mcdonalds or grocery store and I gotta back the rig up to get outta there. At least with our small popup I could see over it to knwo what was back there.
Although I tried to avoid small turn around I got into a tight spot when I pulled into a fast food restaurant to get a soda. The lot was narrow and although I parked side ways I couldnít make the turn to depart. My walk-through took several hours and I really wanted that cold diet coke. Thank goodness that one driver came out and moved his car so I could get out of there.

Congrats! Lots of good times to come...
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Backing up travel trailers doesn't have to be a frustrating task, as long as you can follow some simple rules:
Rule #1: Make sure your outside mirrors are as wide as the travel trailer you are pulling, you can but extensions if you need them, especially if you are driving a smaller SUV or a sedan with a wide trailer. Backing a travel trailer is unlike backing up your vehicle alone and it is recommended to use the mirrors exclusively for this maneuver, it is safer than hanging your head out of the window, and you will have the best control over your combined vehicles.



Rule #2: Before backing, try to position the travel trailer as close to the intended parking space as possible. In addition try to have the towing vehicle and the travel trailer in a straight line, lined up with the parking space. Every situation will be different and you might not be able to achieve perfection but good positioning will make the backing up much easier.
Rule #3: After you have positioned your towing vehicle and travel trailer, as best as possible, slowly begin to move backwards toward the parking location observing the progress from the mirrors only! You will notice that the travel trailer will tend to move toward one side or the other, almost immediately, as you begin to move backwards. To correct this, if the travel trailer is moving into the view of the "passenger mirror" you should steer, from the 12 O'clock position on the wheel, "toward" the "passenger mirror" and the trailer will straighten out, or, "move out of view". The same is true if the trailer is moving into the "driver side mirror", steer toward it and you will again, straighten out the travel trailer. Try slow vehicle speed and subtle steering corrections. Over steering and fast speeds will lead to losing control and damage to both the towing vehicle and the travel trailer. Simply put, steering "into" the mirror chases the trailer out of that mirror, or "straightens it out"!
Rule #4: If you are not able to position the travel trailer straight before backing, you will have to "jack" the trailer into place. To initiate the "jack" will counter steer to cause the vehicles to pivot into the parking spot. Of course you need to keep an eye on the back of the travel trailer to avoid collision with other travel trailers and obstacles but keep in mind that the trailer usually hangs passed the trailers wheels but the pivot point is the wheels! If you want your travel trailer to move toward the driver side, you will have to turn your steering wheel toward the passenger side, that will start the "jack" then you can use the controlling technique in rule #3 to achieve the desired amount of "jacking" required to place your travel trailer in its spot. The more travel trailer you see in your mirror the harder the "jack" your vehicle is in. Be careful not to move too fast! As you want to avoid going past the half way point, 90 degrees, to avoid damaging the towing vehicle, and/or travel trailers.
Rule #5: Take your time, and start over again (pull forward to straighten out) if you need to. Subtle and slow corrections work best.


Hope this helps. If The other campers start to laugh just ask them the help you back in. We are not all bad, most will help.
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Thanks, Greti. The Indian Lakes State Park capmpground is located about a mile or so from RVW...$25 a night, and they allow pets as long as they're on a leash.
Indian lake is a really nice place. It really books up solid in the summer months. I hope you enjoy your time there, and with the new camper.
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20 years of doing this, and I have only 1 rule. Place your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel, move your hands in the direction you want to move the trailer. Don't think about it, just follow rule #1.
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