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Old 11-05-2006, 12:36 PM   #15
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Our drive is long and s shaped. I do a lot of small manuevers, it takes the trailer a bit of space to respond to a correction and pull forward along the way if I need to straighten the angle the rear of the trailer is going. Ideally you will be able to look over your shoulder and see the trailer, if not get out and peek if you have to. I am no ace at backing but I keep working on it. Like the toy car and trailer idea.
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:45 PM   #16
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i'm going to call about one of these things tomorrow. http://www.powercaster.com/products.html

they're expensive as hell, but my driveway is barely wider than my airstream and it needs to go back a good 50' in between the house and the fence. i did it once the other night with my TV and i don't want to have to go thru that again. this way i can unhook in the street and hopefully use something like the powercaster, turn it and steer it straight back.
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:57 PM   #17
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i'm going to call about one of these things tomorrow. http://www.powercaster.com/products.html

they're expensive as hell, but my driveway is barely wider than my airstream and it needs to go back a good 50' in between the house and the fence. i did it once the other night with my TV and i don't want to have to go thru that again. this way i can unhook in the street and hopefully use something like the powercaster, turn it and steer it straight back.
I don't know whether you may have considered the other option that may be a bit less costly than the PowerCaster, but it is one that I considered when faced with similar circumstances several years ago. It is possible to purchase front receivers for most truck-based tow vehicles that permit maneuvering the trailer going forward rather than trying to back-up. Back in 2000, I believe the estimated installed cost for a front receiver on my Suburban was about $200. In then end, I moved from that location before getting the truck back to have the hitch installed.

Good luck with your decision!

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Old 11-05-2006, 01:00 PM   #18
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i'm going to call about one of these things tomorrow. http://www.powercaster.com/products.html

they're expensive as hell, but my driveway is barely wider than my airstream and it needs to go back a good 50' in between the house and the fence. i did it once the other night with my TV and i don't want to have to go thru that again. this way i can unhook in the street and hopefully use something like the powercaster, turn it and steer it straight back.
Call powermovers here is the link. The owner provided the best customer service I have ever rec.He will work a deal. I have a AC8. Works great. I have the same problem you have. I can put the trailer in a spot with just a few inches on each side.

http://www.powermoverinc.net/htmls/pmaccarts.html
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Old 11-05-2006, 01:00 PM   #19
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As has been said several times before , there is NO substitute for practice , you need to get a feel for how a trailer acts while turning . One method I have used to help people with this is to use another trailer for practice , like a boat trailer or landscape trailer . Put some sticks with flags at the rear corners , that way you can see the whole trailer all of the time and can get a better idea of how the trailer reacts when you turn the wheel. Take your time , you can do it
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A suggestion: The emptiest parking lot in our area is at the local Vo-Tech on a Sunday. Try starting a turn while backing. Back off the wheel and find the sweet spot that keeps the trailer at a constant angle, so the TV and trailer go in a constant curve as you go backward. You aren't aiming for a target with this maneuver but it gives you an idea of the control you have. This works for any number of angles. It will help you understand how to prevent the pinching between trailer & TV rear corner when faced with an increasing turn while backing.

We have an S-curve driveway with the entry being 2 tall brick pillars twenty feet apart. I enter at 60 degrees while turning, aiming to have the trailer at about 30 degrees in relation to the street when I'm done. I've got it down to a system but I'll do about anything to avoid coming home after dark. A nearby streetlight and the trailer's patio light don't help much.

urbanfood -- Those are interesting looking power movers. I'm sure Venice is all pretty flat. Don't know what I'd think of one of them on any significant slope. I have seen one person and read of a few others who had a hitch bar installed on the front of their TV.
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I second the toy car idea. I also second the empty parking lot idea. I also note that it does get easier with practice.
It should be noted that long trailers with long wheelbase tow vehicles are much easier to back up than, say, a little wagon behind a lawn mower. That gives me fits :-)
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:59 PM   #22
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Yes, Venice is pretty flat. It's the residents that have all the contours! We also use cheap voice activated walkie talkies and a front hitch when we're feeling puny.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:39 PM   #23
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If you have a ground guide, a two way walkie talkie (or Nextel) can be helpful. If it's dark, remeber there usually is a tree involved.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:59 PM   #24
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First off do not take your husband or someones elses husband! Take another woman friend that knows how to back up and have her help coach you. I have been backing up all sorts of trailers for a long time and have found that putting your hand at the bottom of the wheel and turning the wheel the way you want it to go works great for me. Also a large space where there is no presure that you might hit something will pay off. Practice, Practice, and more Practice

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Old 11-05-2006, 07:00 PM   #25
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Walkie talkie's are a great idea that I've seen before. Some couples should definately use them - nothing worse than sitting in camp watching the new-comers scream instructions, or just scream at each other.
As mentioned above, My wife and I have a system worked out: I look over the spot I need to put the trailer, then proceed. She signals me to stop if I'm coming too close to something. At that point, I get out and re-evaluate. It works for us, we've been married for 26 years.
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My wife and I have a system worked out: I look over the spot I need to put the trailer, then proceed. She signals me to stop if I'm coming too close to something. At that point, I get out and re-evaluate.
I get out all the time -- moving the trailer in trusted increments before I get out again. It is difficult to salvage if you're in a tight spot and coming into it wrong. I pull back out and aim to perform according to the original plan. Check and double check.
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:02 PM   #28
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Hi from a single woman,, alone,,, no partners,, no helpers,,, basic thing is to keep the wheels of the tow vehicle straight,,, or in the direction you are wanting to turn,,, lots easier,,, and get out and look,,, mark a stopping point with something fairly easily seen,,, you can do it,,, donna
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