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Old 10-28-2005, 05:16 AM   #29
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All excellent advise! Having a spotter is an absolute must. Radio's help allot, spotters never seem to stand where you can see them. When I park my trailer I back into a shop, the door is on the north side of the building, it is like backing into a black cave. Before I started using FRS radio's I could never see the spotter.

Have the spotter practice backing with you, they have to learn that they have to give enough room/time to change the direction of backing the trailer, and left is the drivers left etc. I agree with learn to back with the mirrors, I find it much easier that way. Also, you will notice the jackknife condition sooner. I never learned with the hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, even though it might work. I was one of the driving a tractor etc. as soon as you could push the clutch in farm type kid.

When I am helping folks back who are unsure of themselves I tell them to dial in some 'crook' between the tow vehicle and the trailer, maintain it or 'chase it' and then overtake it. I think one thing I think about when backing is steering the front of the trailer with the back of the truck (or the south end of a northbound horse).

Mostly, the practice helps allot.

All-in-all go-for-it!

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Old 01-03-2006, 03:37 PM   #30
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My wife is always spotting me, even when I don't think I need it. If I can't see her in the mirror then I don't move. She drives when we hook up. I never talk to her only give her hand signals. Point to the left and she turns the wheel left, to the right and the wheel goes right. We most always put it on the ball the first time. She backs very slowly and we can make the necessary corrections. The two way and cb are useless inside the dodge cummins. My last back-in to a site us most always a straight back. This allows her to check for level and get me close to my hook-ups.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:30 PM   #31
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You turn the wheel in the opposite direction of where you want the end of the trailer to go. Just the opposite from when you have no trailer attached to your tow vehicle. I don't back up too often and find out I have to unlearn this practice.

Go slow.
Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, and move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to go. Again, a little turn on the wheel goes a long way at the back of the trailer.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:57 PM   #32
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I agree with UWE.

I got a pair of Walkie-Talkies for the wife and I after our first experience in backing up our Safari 25. She couldn't yell loud enough for me to hear her!

Best tool for backin up. LOL.

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Old 01-08-2006, 09:22 PM   #33
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hi all, so not any person should feel badly about the hours of practice it takes, i have tried and tried with my 16 foot bambi and have yet to master it. it is a single axle and turns on a dime without any direction from me,,, in other words, it has a mind of its own. practice makes perfect,,, am a woman alone, so spotters are not always available. teen age daughters have better things to do. so, off to the nearest parking lot,, planning to do some practice with a 24 footer, so we will see, dieterdog,,, donna
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Old 01-08-2006, 09:42 PM   #34
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hi all, so not any person should feel badly about the hours of practice it takes, i have tried and tried with my 16 foot bambi and have yet to master it. it is a single axle and turns on a dime without any direction from me,,, in other words, it has a mind of its own. practice makes perfect,,, am a woman alone, so spotters are not always available. teen age daughters have better things to do. so, off to the nearest parking lot,, planning to do some practice with a 24 footer, so we will see, dieterdog,,, donna
Donna,
Don't feel bad.
Even though I got pretty efficient backing up my tandem axle Airstreams, a rented utility trailer made me seriously doubt my driving skills. A 16ft single axle will be very squirmish while backing up. It's not you....
My best advice would be to take it at very slow speeds, and just get out annd look where it's going. Eventually you will get the vibe of how it likes to be backed up.
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:00 AM   #35
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All of this is awesome advice.

I guess I did good growing up with a 31 foot AS at home all of the time.
I learned when I was 15. My mom and dad have a LONG driveway. The trailer always went to the very back.
My dad would give us all a rite of passage at 15. All three of us boys learned on that trailer and then moved to the 1963 16' Bambi. The Bambi was harder because it would correct quicker. This is because the "pivot point" is much shorter on a smaller trailer.
I have an 12 foot utility trailer and that thing is the HARDEST to back up.
Good luck and use any empty parking lot you can find to practice.
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Old 01-09-2006, 07:23 AM   #36
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We got a set of walkie talkies also and keep them in the glove compartment at all times. I still get tense when it comes to the backup. My husband does a great job. So far with the Airstream we have not been in tight areas except our driveway. We have to dodge mailboxes, guide wires. So now we have decided when we get home we unhitch from our tv and back the trailor in with our expoder makes things a little shorter.


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