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Old 11-05-2006, 09:37 AM   #1
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Hi,
One day I would like to take my trailer out without my husband! My husband does the "backing up" into our camping spot. But before I can do that, How do you back up the thing? I tried and got frustrated because the trailer did not move the way I wanted.

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What's your best tip for backing up a trailer?

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Old 11-05-2006, 09:40 AM   #2
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Put your hand on the bottom of wheel...
Turn in direction you want TT to go.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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Hi,
One day I would like to take my trailer out without my husband! My husband does the "backing up" into our camping spot. But before I can do that, How do you back up the thing? I tried and got frustrated because the trailer did not move the way I wanted.

Maybe you can help

What's your best tip for backing up a trailer?

Thanks
Karen
Use a pull-thru site.

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Old 11-05-2006, 10:59 AM   #4
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Maybe you can help

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Avoid it if at all possible. If you must, keep in mind that a small movement of the steering wheel equates a large movement of the rear of the trailer.
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:15 AM   #5
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One day I would like to take my trailer out without my husband! My husband does the "backing up" into our camping spot. But before I can do that, How do you back up the thing?
Practice, practice, practice in a large parking lot with no obstructions.

Also, check out these threads for previously posted information on this topic:

1) Backing Up -- tips and tricks
2) Tips on backup up and turning radius
3) Backing methods, tricks, pointers
4) How to backup a trailer
5) Backing with a Hensley
6) Extreme angle backing
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:24 AM   #7
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What everyone has said so far is right. Also, take your rig and a good friend/husband/coach to a large, mostly empty parking lot. Then practice, practice, practice. Use something like cones or objects to mark your boundaries, practice backing straight, then backing in at an angle, eventually right angles. Do away with the cones and use the parking space markings. Don't give up, the more you try the better. And don't depend on your mirrors. Try looking over your shoulders as you back. Get out, check where you are and where you want to go. Using my eyes instead of my mirrors probably helped me get the feel the most.
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Do a walk around and lookup. People do not lookup which is why you see a lot of trailers with dents in the top of the cap.

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Old 11-05-2006, 11:28 AM   #9
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Go slow in small steps, expect mistakes in steering, get out frequently and walk about to examine the layout and obstacles (both at ground level and at roof level). Take your time. Ignore those who offer steering advice while you are trying to do it. Trust yourself. Take care.
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Go slow in small steps, expect mistakes in steering, get out frequently and walk about to examine the layout and obstacles (both at ground level and at roof level). Take your time. Ignore those who offer steering advice while you are trying to do it. Trust yourself. Take care.
I have learned the best advice I can give when someone is backing up, is to keep my mouth shut unless I see them about to back into something, then yelling "Stop!"
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:46 AM   #11
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. . . take your rig and a good friend/husband/coach to a large, mostly empty parking lot. . . .
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I have learned the best advice I can give when someone is backing up, is to keep my mouth shut unless I see them about to back into something, then yelling "Stop!"
TRUE! That being said, let me clarify. Take a good friend/husband/coach that will keep their mouth shut when you ask them to!
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I need practice,thanks Nancy.
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Silly as it sounds, the use of a chiild's toy car and trailer can teach you alot about the geometry of trailer maneuvering. Try it!
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Greetings Karen!

Your question has pointed to some great advice. What I might add, is have you considered how you will manage hitching and unhitching? As a Free Wheeler, this is one of the most often asked questions regarding traveling alone. There are numerous ways of dealing with this particular process, but it needn't be a great or unusual concern. Through the years, there have been a number of hitching aids, usually relying upon some sort of mirror mounted to a pole that either attaches permanently to the coach's A-Frame hitch with some sort of bracket or mounts temporarily via a magnetic base.

My favorite is a Hitch Helper mirror that I purchased at Camping World more than ten years ago. It is mounted to a large magnetic base to which is attached a 3.5' aluminum pole to which the 8" square convex mirror attaches via an adjustable clamping mechanism. This particular mirror has been out of production for a number of years, but something very similar is being offered by one of the web merchants at:

http://www.trailer-hitch.com/trailerhitchesspotter.html

I have purchased one of these as a back-up to my old stand-bye and find it nearly as useful. Getting accustomed to the tall narrow mirror rather than the large square mirror has taken some time. With one of these devices, the major headache of hitching is resolved as it is quite easy to get everything properly aligned via the mirror.

Good luck with your plans!

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