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Old 05-28-2009, 11:59 PM   #29
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I have to back my 31 ft up an alley 170 ft, then through a 10 ft gate in a brick fence to put it into my backyard where I have full hookups for service and maintenance.

I have had my neighbors come out of their houses just to watch. Too funny.
First hit the alley from the street in a 90 degree turn backing, then miss the dumpster on the right (blind to you until you get straight - you have to know where it is by instinct), then past the dumpster, push the trailer to the right to get close to the neighbor's brick fence to line up with my gate and in about 60 ft it will be on the pad....piece of cake....then again, I have been backing trailers since I was 12 on my Grandma's farm in the Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee.
It just takes practice.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:46 AM   #30
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I push airplanes for a living and learned this...

Big wide turns slow and steady and when in doubt stop get out and look around the trailer. BUT practice practice practice . I used to drive trucks for living and I would take the truck to next doors parking lot with no lamp poles and nothing in parking lot and practice backing up ,Remember do not over correct self . Everyone here has great ideas of how to handle it .
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:40 AM   #31
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Some people, like my wife, have the gift.
We discovered that one stormy afternoon when we had to get the boat off the lake, but there was no space at the dock to tie off so I could fetch the truck & trailer like we normally did since I "had the practice".
She waded to shore with the kids, got them in the truck and backed the trailer down like a laser.

After that first baptism by fire,Nicolle gets the easy, girly part in backing the boat trailer down a 200' crowded boat ramp filled with jackknifed rigs, line cutters and the whole state of Colorado staring at her. I get the hard part of standing all manly at the helm prepairing to push the button to lower the outdrive and start the engine

Her signature move is to parallel park the truck and trailer in a 3-car length space.

After 15 years of trailer practice, I still park by braille.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:01 AM   #32
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In regard to hitching up

"I am in charge of hitching up before many camping trips. I'm thinking of getting one of those little flags that you put above the hitch so you can back up easier. This does take me a while but it is better than punching a hole in the TV or camper."

I got an aid at Harbor Freight that works well for me. There are two bright balls on extendable rods like a car antenna that have magnets on the bottoms. You set one on the trailer coupler and one on the TV hitch and back up till the balls line touch. Once you determine where to set them, you can pretty well get to the drop point without getting out of the drivers seat. Or you can take my son-in-laws approach. He bought a $99 kit at Target that has a miniature camera that's mounted on the license plate bracket and wired into the back-up light for power. When he's in reverse, it projects to a monitor on the dash. He aims it down at the ball and can see exactly where he is. The rest of the time it's aimed backwards so my daughter doesn't back into so many things as she parks by braille.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:01 AM   #33
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I was nervous at first towing from the dealer. Feeling like I was turning to sharp or that we would tip over. In a parking lot I would turn and get out and look to see how close we could turn without hitting. And with a little time and practice all is well. I will say that my wife does better backing up than I do in close spaces. I can yell much louder. Practice towing in a place you know well and you will do fine.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:21 PM   #34
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Update.

Well, showed up at the dealership this morning. After I got over my shock at how much the bill was for I backed the truck up to the trailer with the help of a tech guy. No problemos. He helped me hook everything up and away I went. It was raining hard, just a beautiful day for my first towing experience. not

Anyhow, got it home with no problems, and was going to leave it on the street in front of the house when I thought - well, I got it this far, might as well see if I can back it into the driveway.

With my sister's help on the cell, I got it in there with minimal fuss. Definitely slower than my husband, but hey - I was pretty darned proud of the fact that I did it, and didn't cause any dents or scrapes in the process.

Thanks to all the excellent advice - now I don't feel like so much of a dork

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Old 05-29-2009, 12:43 PM   #35
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Update.

Well, showed up at the dealership this morning. After I got over my shock at how much the bill was for I backed the truck up to the trailer with the help of a tech guy. No problemos. He helped me hook everything up and away I went. It was raining hard, just a beautiful day for my first towing experience. not

Anyhow, got it home with no problems, and was going to leave it on the street in front of the house when I thought - well, I got it this far, might as well see if I can back it into the driveway.

With my sister's help on the cell, I got it in there with minimal fuss. Definitely slower than my husband, but hey - I was pretty darned proud of the fact that I did it, and didn't cause any dents or scrapes in the process.

Thanks to all the excellent advice - now I don't feel like so much of a dork

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YOU ROCK!!I'm very proud of you. Are you planning to surprise your husband and not tell him of your success?
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:56 PM   #36
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Way to go, Michelle! No guts, no glory, right? You go girl!
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:20 PM   #37
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i heard from your husband, he said, great, now she can do all the driving! ut oh

forgot to say..great job!
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:11 PM   #38
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Way to go!!! Just gotta do it.

I've been backing my trailer into my yard for awhile now and thought (key word, thought) I had the hang of it. Until.... the new neighbors wanted to *watch*. I totally lost my touch. Then, they figured I had no idea how to do it as I was all over the place and they decided to give me a hand. Each yelling something different. Next time anyone is outside when I get home, I'll leave Olive on the street till they go back inside.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:32 PM   #39
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lol, i along with a few neighbors back into our garages. a watched vehicle never goes where you want it to go!
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:28 PM   #40
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One thing to remember is that NO ONE is born knowing how to tow...male or female.
It's like learning how to drive a car...you have to learn how to do it.
And anyone can do it.
It just takes practice.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:04 PM   #42
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way to go, very proud of you! That's how I felt the first time I towed.

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