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Old 11-05-2006, 07:21 PM   #29
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Lots of good advice.

One thing I haven't seen, although I may have scanned past it is this...

We get somewhere, I get out, take a look, and try to envision how the trailer will fit into said spot. Once I have a vision of where I want it to be, I try to imagine how it got there. Sometimes I just look for a minute or two before I "get it."
Then, while backing the truck up, I compare the picture I want to see to the picture I am seeing, and adjust accordingly.

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Old 11-06-2006, 10:59 AM   #30
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Thanks for the tips

These are great tips. I'll try backing up in a LARGE lot.

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Old 11-06-2006, 12:49 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by urbanfood
i'm going to call about one of these things tomorrow.

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.
Hello, fellow Venice resident. Please let us know how this works if you get one. You are lucky that you at least have a driveway that you can park your trailer on....pj
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:57 PM   #32
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My best tip

My best tip is to make sure you pull far enough forward of the spot you are backing into. Most of the failures I have seen is the fact that the rear end of the trailer is usually right at the edge of the site when the back in starts. Dependent upon the width of the site, this forces the driver to create an extreme angle to get the trailer into the site. Once you get into these extreme angles, it becomes more difficult and you end up doing countless small pull forward then backward maneuvers as you attempt to remove that severe angle that you initially create.

Pull well forward of the site you are backing into and go in at a slight angle. You will find that it goes much easier and your corrections will be much smaller. It may look funny that you are pulled up so much further from your site but the backup is so much easier.

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Old 11-06-2006, 04:01 PM   #33
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good thread

Wow, I have really learned quite a bit from this thread on backing. I guess my old method of slamming the truck into reverse and backing until I hear someone scream or something breaking is just plain outdated. I am looking forward to trying all of these techniques.

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Old 11-10-2006, 11:43 AM   #34
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To me, backing expertise comes in steps with the final one when you are actually driving the trailer. I have a short, sharp turn into my drive, then a 90 degree kink to the parking area. I have done this at night towing a 15' enclosed trailer. Oh yea, the tow vehicle was a 34' RV. The trick is to get to a point where you are only concerned with the direction of the trailer. Watch the side of the trailer and imagine the arc or direction it's headed and push it (with the tow vehicle) in the direction you want. It's very easy with the suggested front mounted hitch. As far as the tow vehicle, only worry about if it's about to hit something! I mess up when I stop and think...
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:24 PM   #35
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My advice?

While I am a newbie here, and with the Airstream, I, in one of my past lives, drove over the road and have close to two million miles pulling trailers.

Two things you should always do.

Stop and look it over.

Then, once started, if there is any doubt about what you are doing?

Stop and look it over.

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