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Old 08-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #57
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I learned to back up and hitch solo- my partner both agreed that it was better if I did it alone! I got pretty good at it. The Tundra was longer and made it a bit of a chore to control where the trailer was going when backing. The new Pilot is shorter and turns a lot more quickly, and it is a lot easier to back and maneuver.

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Old 08-09-2018, 06:07 AM   #58
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My lovely wife gets too panicky to direct me with backing up. When I really need her I tell her to just tell me when I am about to hit something. Now if I can just make her understand to stand so that I can see her in the rear view mirrors. I still love her. And no I did not say that for when she reads this post. She doesn't read this forum.
My husband is a brilliant backer upper and has gotten us into some amazing sites because he can. That said, we had exactly the same problem. I could never seem to tell him what to do next in a way that he understood and frankly, I really didn't get it. And,...I was never in the right place for him to see me. So, about 4 years into this adventure, as I watched him jump in and out of the truck to see where he was, I had a revelation. How about I drive and you tell me which way and how far to turn. The first time we tried this we totally nailed it so from now on, that's how we get backed into tight spots. He has the better sense of geometry but I can follow directions and I totally trust him to guide me.

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Old 08-09-2018, 07:08 AM   #59
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1. Learn to back using your mirrors (like truckers do)
2. Go slow.
3. Get out and look.
4. Put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and push the wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go.
5. Go slow.

My Tundra has a rear view camera where I can see the trailer hitch. I use that to back the ball to the coupler.
The camera is so wide angle that it allows me to see cross traffic when I'm backing out of a parking space and can't see oncoming traffic.
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:29 PM   #60
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-Walkie talkies...saves the yelling and no worries about cell service
-No hand signals, can’t always see her, no right side, left side commands because who’s right or left are we talking about.
-Instead my wife tells me “Drivers side” or Passenger side”. I clearly know towards which side she is telling me to maneuver. Best lesson I ever learned. Zero mistakes.
-Hand on the bottom of the wheel, push towards the direction you want the tail of the trailer to go.

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