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Old 04-08-2015, 07:49 PM   #15
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If memory serves me, unlikely, older trailer brake controllers used a mechanical system, many were spring held ball-bering, some were pendulum types, & various other mechanical designs used to determine braking force…current to brakes, bla,bla (insert tech stuff)

One of my older controllers, circa 1980's (I was only 5 or 6 yrs old then), was a problem when backing & I had to change/lower the sensitivity setting to keep the trailer brakes from dragging. My biggest problem was remembering to re-set it afterwards.

A Lot of good advice here. I used to drive a co. truck that had the word/acronym G.O.A.L. on both outside mirrors, Get Out And Look

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Old 04-08-2015, 09:34 PM   #16
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I pondered the same thoughts. Don't worry about it...your turning radius is a lot tighter than you realize.

You'll learn that starting the turn in the right spot has much to do about where you'll finish your turn. Trial and error...and some backing up.

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Old 04-09-2015, 05:11 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by KiraR View Post
You've all made me feel a little bit better about being a real newbie.
My biggest concern is causing an accident or hurting someone.

I will be taking the A/S down to the town beach parking lot for LOTS of practise.

Now if only the 100 year old maples weren't lining the driveway!

Thank you so much!
As long as you don't cut your corners too tightly when towing, most issues will occur when backing up, not going forward. Just relax and take it slow. We've all been there and 99.997% of us survived.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:43 PM   #18
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My Tundra turns as tight as my much smaller Pathfinder. The turning radius is the same with or without the trailer because I have a long shank on the hitch. Closer to the bumper is better for weight distribution, but with the longer shank I can turn all the way and not turn my trailer into the bumper or corner of the truck and I can let the tailgate down while coupled to the trailer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:27 PM   #19
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For maneuvering into a tricky driveway and/or storage building, I'm considering putting a front hitch on my TV (which has a 169" wheelbase). Seems like it would be MUCH easier. Anyone with thoughts or experience with a front hitch?

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