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Old 02-10-2014, 05:19 PM   #15
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Find a large parking lot and practice.You will find it very easy to back your trailer when you are calm and confident.It will also come in handy in your travels like when you pull into a stop with the only exit being the entrance you just used and now find yourself at a dead end.
I came upon a flooded road in MN a few years ago and it was blocked off with a State highway patrolman telling everyone to turn around.Me with a F350 Supercrew longbox and a 28ft Airstream backed up a half a mile on a narrow county road and found small private drive with trees on both sides turned around and off we went.Had I not been confident with my backing ability and experienced no telling how long we would have been there.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:45 PM   #16
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I have never heard of using water before, not a bad idea. I have used orange extension cords ,ropes etc. Now I carry a set of cheap orange cones from walmart. My main use is to be able to park square where there are no references
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #17
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Find a large parking lot and practice.You will find it very easy to back your trailer when you are calm and confident.It will also come in handy in your travels like when you pull into a stop with the only exit being the entrance you just used and now find yourself at a dead end.
I came upon a flooded road in MN a few years ago and it was blocked off with a State highway patrolman telling everyone to turn around.Me with a F350 Supercrew longbox and a 28ft Airstream backed up a half a mile on a narrow county road and found small private drive with trees on both sides turned around and off we went.Had I not been confident with my backing ability and experienced no telling how long we would have been there.
Same kind of situation happened to us but we needed to do a U-turn right there or spend hours waiting for an accident clean up. Lucky for us we had a single axle and with a little maneuvering and the help of the State Patrol we were on our way. Single axle rigs do respond quicker and are easier to back up than multi axle rigs in short places, despite of what you hear here.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #18
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:29 PM   #19
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Go slow. Have one person to guide, and only listen to that one person. They are there more to tell you if you are about to hit something on your blind side. Did I mention to go slow? I back up my 31' uphill slanted into a driveway. If you have nice neighbors that don't park on the street it makes it easier.
OK, so now here is my secret trick that I use when backing. So don't tell anyone
Place both your hands on the bottom of the steering wheel palms up. Grip the steering wheel. Then stick your thumbs out. The direction your thumb is pointing is the direction your rig will go. This is an easy reminder on which way to turn your steering wheel.
Not sure if I mentioned this, but go slow!
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:03 PM   #20
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Best thing to do is slam your had in the door, get mad as hell, hold it flat to the mat and don't look back.


O WAIT! (That was for towing in the mountains)

Backing up....

Drink 3 beers if no one is going to watch or direct...

If Wife is helping add 3 more total of 6

If Neighbors are directing / watching add 3 per neighbor

Ah what the hell just get a 30 pack.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:21 PM   #21
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Be sure to do a "driver side back-up" if at all possible. If you are backing into a slot (drive way) that is on the drivers side it will go much smoother than just using the passenger side mirrors. I back a 31' trailer w/ a '97 Ford F350 dually long-bed (53' total length with horrible turning radius) into a single car drive from a narrow road. I have to drive past my home to get the rig turned the other way before I can back in. I've done it the other way too but it was NOT pretty! I agree with previous post, best if the neighbors are not watching...
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:22 PM   #22
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Absoutely, you can do this. I solo. I have a 60 foot normal width driveway that I back into....and at the end of that driveway is a shed I had built for my trailer. Due to space limitations, I have 11 feet between the posts that I back into...that means my 8 1/2 foot wide trailer has to be navigated with barely a foot on either side OR big time expensive bent aluminum. The secret: go SLOW, get out and look at what you are doing. If you are in a rush, do it later. I had never backed a trailer until I bought my brand new Airstream. All this takes is time and practice. I also use aids such as my mirrors, and when I get close to a rear obstruction I put down wheel chocks to back into.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:17 AM   #23
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I have a 31' Classic and quite easily back it into my driveway. My home is at the end of a cul-de-sac so it is a little more complicated due to having the island in the center restricting my turning radius of my van. The secret to it and to any backing is to make sure you pull forward from the drive itself. This gives you more room to start your turn for backing with smaller angles which keeps you from having to pivot your trailer at extreme angles. We see this all the time in campgrounds where folks with back in sites start the back in when the rear end of their trailer is at the edge of the site. This causes them to have to go in at an extreme angle. If they would pull another 20 feet past their site, they could start the turn at a gentle angle without the need to do the back and forth effort necessary to correct for an extreme angle back in.

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:02 AM   #24
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Yes! What jcanavera said exactly!! That's what I do and then usually once it's in the drive it's at a goofy angle so I pull all the way forward where the front of my van is on the opposite side of the street which straightens everything out and then back straight in. It's quick and easy.

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:59 AM   #25
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backing up

My neighbors park across the street from the end of my driveway and my area is not that safe, so I drive the trailer in front first. I put pavers in to make a small parking pad about 3 ft from the edge of the drive. I pull in with a circular motion that ends with the trailer being straight and the SUV at an angle in the driveway. I still have room to get the car into the garage. The trailer takes up about 4.5 ft of the width of the drive and no one can to the hitch to steal it. I just back up to it at about the same angle to hitch up and the trailer is already at the right angle to back out again. joe in Minnesnowda
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:07 PM   #26
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Thanks, everyone, for your input. You've given me a lot of support, some great suggestions, and a good deal of foolish self-confidence. I'll report back in once I bring the beast home.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:33 PM   #27
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Hi, my driveway is narrow and so is my street. We plan to leave on street sweeper day [no cars on the street] and come home on a week day when all of the young people are at work. [only a few cars if any]

At my new house, my driveway is wider but the actual area is narrower. I also have to watch out for an in-ground power box. So I bought a "Powermover" trailer dolly.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:50 PM   #28
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The front receiver hitch is your best bet.

It took me an hour to get my 29 foot in the driveway backing in.

With the front hitch I was able to pull it off the driveway, and push it to the back yard in one try.
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