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Old 12-22-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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May I have a round of applause, please?

About eight months ago, I started asking you very kind (well, ok, and sometimes critical) folks how to back my 22 Sport into my very narrow driveway, downhill, off a very narrow residential street, when I couldn't see the end of my trailer or the wheels. After taking all of your advice, and after much cursing, yelling at my long-suffering spouse, backing and filling, running up on the opposite curb, destroying two mail box posts, seriously injuring one telephone pole, and putting some very nice scratches in my shiny aluminum ...

... today I backed that sucker in, first time, shloooop! like a banana slipping into its peel. (Another metaphor occurred to me, but I caught myself in time.)

And it only took 8 months!

Now that I know that it possible, I wonder if I should be looking at trading it in for a 25?
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:58 PM   #3
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:20 PM   #5
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Congratulations also ! But you probably could have shortened the learning curve if you left the wife out of it . After 34 years I'm still trying to teach mine that the shiny things on car doors are mirrors and that when you use them you don't hit things like gas islands.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #6
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Good job! I admire those who can backup with confidence!
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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Very good. We knew you could do it. (Well, really, we weren't too sure, but now that you can do it....)
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:43 PM   #8
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Backing certainly is not one of my strong suits. I do get lucky every once in a while and hit the sweet spot.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:47 PM   #9
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Was this luck or experience. Only time will tell. Don't get overconfident now with your newfound success.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:58 PM   #10
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Hey Bel

I know first hand what a challenge it is to back down a hilly driveway. As President Clinton said, " I feel your pain ". i think that one of the things that make it tough is when I pick up speed and have to brake, or worse stop. I loose my hand-eye-trailer coordination, and have to re calibrate my brain.
Anyway give yourself TWO gold stars, because smaller trailers are even harder to back up than one of the big ones.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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My new Ecoboost is the first truck that I owned that has a backup camera. I've been dithering but every time I move the trailer I wonder why I haven't sprung for a wireless camera on the back of the trailer - both for backing and for seeing if someone is lurking 4 feet off my bumper.

I was in the left lane knowing I had a left turn about 800 feet ahead when a car swerved from the right lane directly in front of my tow vehicle put on his left turn signal and came to an almost dead stop in order to make a left turn less than 50 feet ahead... couldn't possibly have gone 2 blocks farther and done a u-turn of course. Well I hit the brakes hard and saw a Fiat jump over the curb and go into the grass median to the left of me. I thought that driver must have been hurt so I turned on the flashers and stopped to render assistance... Called 911 too. For my trouble got cursed out by the driver for stopping so suddenly - and naturally the car that forced my stop was long gone. The four lane is near two Naval facilities and is always patrolled so the police came to the scene almost immediately. They didn't cite the Fiat driver but DID straighten him out about following too close... and also reminded him that there is such a thing as a "blind spot" for almost all vehicles, especially trailers.

I was quite upset at being cursed at - but also glad the jerk DID choose the curb and the median instead of my Eddie Bauer's expensive rear end to hit. He got a flat and will need a front end alignment at the least.

What would I have done if I'd had a rear view camera - maybe tapped my brakes repeatedly and subtly slowed to try to get the guy to back off? I've always noticed that some vehicles can turn on their window washers at speed and 90% of the washer fluid lands on the following vehicle. Perhaps some Rube Goldberg sprayer on the rear bumper would be in order... even if an Ouzi with remote control firing would be tempting.

Hmmm. Think it's time to shop for that camera. I don't have your driveway but a camera is cheaper than replacing a rear segment, trust me, I know that for sure

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.....Perhaps some Rube Goldberg sprayer on the rear bumper would be in order... even if an Ouzi with remote control firing would be tempting. .....
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I so want to build that sprayer for the back of our Bambi!
My wife will not let me!!!
I would fill it with something like that liquid A#* (think butt) stuff I once purchased as a gag gift.
Ok enough of this. It is not a very good example of Christmas Spirit...sigh
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Glad u and your EB are ok!!!! You may have heard "no good deed goes unpunished!"... Still, you done good!

The comedian Gallegher had a plan. Give everyone a dart gun and shoot the cars of stupid drivers. When a cop sees a car with a bunch of darts they get pulled over and ticketed!

Think of the bureaucracy you could contrive to track and the fees!!!!!
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:47 AM   #14
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Congratulations also ! But you probably could have shortened the learning curve if you left the wife out of it . After 34 years I'm still trying to teach mine that the shiny things on car doors are mirrors and that when you use them you don't hit things like gas islands.
I usually don't comment on this sort of thing. However that's a gross generalization. My wife is very good at this sort of thing. The one main reason is that she possesses the patience that makes things like backing trailers a breeze. Unlike me, she can take 10+ tries at something like getting into a tight space without getting upset or giving up. So in the long run, while I might understand all the trigonometry and physics of any particular problem, I will loose patience early on. However she has the wisdom to learn something from each attempt and eventually conquer the problem.

So it has something to do with a person's personality, but nothing to do with their sex.

If your wife is also a man, please excuse me for the misapplication of my ideas. This is modern society, you know.

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