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Old 10-21-2014, 11:01 PM   #21
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I agree with your comment on the wheels. Normally I assess the spot before backing into the spot. If I can, I drag a line on the ground where i want my tires to be so my wife can direct me.
I tend to do a better job by myself as I go slower.

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Old 10-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #22
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I guess I don't understand the procedure. If you drive into the spot wouldn't you have to back out? If so you might just as well back in in the first place.


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For some of us less experienced drivers it can be hard to get the TT where you want it when turning while backing up. In my case I'm afraid of jack knifing where the TT and truck make contact. I learned that lesson when a spotter kept telling me to turn sharp only to find damage afterwards (nothing major but the truck was new).

It's about the line of the wheels that can make a difference. I used to have problems with backing into my space at the old storage place because it required a sharp turn into a space marked in the other direction. Once I started doing a drive-around to come into my area from the other direction backing up was a piece of cake. Also I found keeping one hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and other other one off was the key to my success. For some reason both hands on the bottom of the steering wheel confuses me. Maybe its because I over steer with both hands while I tend to have more control using the one hand method.

I like the scoop method and can see where it might make a difference. The beginning of that clip was pretty much my experience when I was first starting out.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:12 AM   #23
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Hand position on TV steering wheel while backing TT

I'm sure most TT owners already know this, but perhaps this piece of information about hand position on the steering wheel of your TV while backing will help some folks. Of course it takes practice to get familar and comfortable with your particular rig, but this one simple thing really helps me. When backing, place your hand at the bottom (6 O'Clock position) on your steering wheel (I'm usually kind of sitting sideways and looking backwards and using mirrors - so I do not use both hands on the wheel). While backing slowly, if you need to move the back of the TT to the left, move the bottom of the steering wheel to the left. If you need to move the back of the TT to the right, move the bottom of the steering wheel to the right. No more confusion and no need to look at the steering wheel and think about it.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:19 PM   #24
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Well my wife gave me a D minus backing the 5th wheel into the yard.
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Well my wife gave me a D minus backing the 5th wheel into the yard.
LOL I can relate! I have a lot of trouble getting my tt into my driveway when parking it at home. The driveway is only 16' wide and I need to get the truck in with all four tires on the concrete or risk a ticket for parking on the grass. Got to miss the fence on one side and the mail box on the other side while not being over the center mark. It would be easier if there was a driveway across from mine instead of a curb on a narrow street. I suck so bad but neighbors come out with calendars to bid on which date I will be finished. (Not really but almost )
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LOL I can relate! I have a lot of trouble getting my tt into my driveway when parking it at home. The driveway is only 16' wide and I need to get the truck in with all four tires on the concrete or risk a ticket for parking on the grass. Got to miss the fence on one side and the mail box on the other side while not being over the center mark. It would be easier if there was a driveway across from mine instead of a curb on a narrow street. I suck so bad but neighbors come out with calendars to bid on which date I will be finished. (Not really but almost )
My DW tries to guide me on a 1x6 by 4 feet long thats on the grass for the rear tires. I did it once so its assuming I can do it all the time. More practice, but I did put the truck into 4x4 cause the ground was muddy,
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