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Old 09-15-2015, 12:21 PM   #29
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The hand on the bottom of the wheel thing only works they way a neophyte is told it will when the TV and TT are in perfectly straight alignment.

Once the TV and TT are already in a turn, previously established via the "hand at 6:00" technique, that technique doesn't works as simply as a neophyte is led to believe. We were those neophytes last year, and this issue drove us nuts. We'd move the hand to the left, expecting that the rear of the trailer, already bent to the right, would instantly start moving to the left. Nope.

If the TV and TT are already at an angle, the hand at the bottom of the wheel trick becomes a more nuanced dance. Moving the bottom of the wheel to the left can lessen the movement to the right and given sufficient time/distance the rear of the TT will eventually move left, but it won't instantly move the rear of the TT to the left. After a year of camping we understand how that dance works and are decent backer-uppers, but it is not quite as simple as "hey, put a hand at the 6:00 position and move it the direction you want the rear of your TT to go."
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GOAL is awesome, as is lots of practice in a big empty parking lots with cones and such so one can learn by experience how the "hand at 6:00" technique works after a rig is already bent into a turn.

BTW, we're going to look for a training class somewhere near us so we can spend some more quality time learning how to be better backer-uppers.
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:09 PM   #30
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Never let ego get in the way of safety. Stop, get out and look as many times as it takes to safely get parked. Never let anyone hurry you and force you into making a mistake. And keep in mind that sometimes some one trying to help will just get in the way .
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:24 AM   #31
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:28 AM   #32
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We have a 25' with a RVS camera on the trailer plus the TV has a back-up camera. Married 50 yrs and plan to stay that way so the boss stays in the passenger seat when I back to hook up or into a camp site. Practice, practice, practice before you head to a camp ground the first time. As others have emphasized; slowly, slowly, slowly whenever you are backing and if you have any doubt, get out and look! You will do fine, we all had to learn how to do it. Welcome to the Forum and good luck!




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As someone who drives semi-trucks on a daily basis with trailers '53 and some smaller one that are 19, depending on what the customer wants. You can definitely get better at backing with practice. Something that might help you is go to an empty parking lot and set up some cones in the shape of a parking space. Take your truck and trailer and practice getting into the spot until you do it.

Thats how I learned in truck driving school, kept practicing many types of backing situations until you get a feel of how much you need to crank the wheel to make it get into the spot.
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I usually travel with my parents but, travel alone a good bit of the time as well. Everyone has good advise and I second what everyone has shared. Slow and steady when driving with lot's of stops. Parking seems to be a much slower process, for me, what's the big hurry after all? GOAL= Get Out And Look, I do that a LOT.


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Great advice here. Go for it, Woo! You can do it.
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I full timed in my Airstream for a little over three years and live in it four days a week for my current job. I've also been backing up trailers since I was 13 years old when I would hitch up the boat trailer for my Dad. I've done a lot of solo trailer pulling with my boat, cargo, and Airstream trailers and I rarely have help.

When I pull into a new campsite I will pull in front of it, get out, and inspect it. I'm looking for the path I have to pull my truck forward and then the angle I will have to back the trailer into. I look for any obstacles in my way, tree branches, and a good reference point on where to stop backing the trailer up. I then pull up, get out once more to make sure everything is lined up, and back the trailer up.

Sometimes I won't get out, but most times I get out to double check that everything is looking good and I won't hit anything. Just take it slow and get out a couple of times to make sure you won't hit anything. I'll echo taking out the trailer to a empty parking lot and practice backing it up, turning, etc.
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I am single and travel mostly alone and pull a 25' model.

I have been in tight situations but every time so far, someone has offered assistance. Last year I went to a campground where there was a stump on the opposite side of the site which made trailer backing a challenge with less room to swing on the narrow access road. Someone came over and helped watch that I did not wreck into something! Most of the time though, it is no problem and I do just fine by myself. Mirrors and Camera.
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I pull my 31' AS solo with no problem ,if you are new to backing a trailer practice in a safe place LOTS like a mall parking lot or any quiet place. I don't have a backup camera ,,,,,yet so follow the GOAL rule a lot, good luck !
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All of these comments have been from folks with Airstream trailers.....here is a different perspective from an Airstream motorhome owner who is also single.

Growing up in a camping family, my grandparents and parents owned everything from VW pop up campers to full size motorhomes with everything inbetween. Overall after 40+ years of RV ownership in the family, the advice I got before buying was "better to drive some large and tow something small vs drive something small and tow something large".

My first rv was a 27' Champion Telstar class C. Last year I bought a 35' Landyacht diesel pusher for $29,000 with only 40k miles. It was like new and stored in a warehouse since new. Its equipped with a back up camera and I tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Its easy to hook up, easy to back up, and easy to level with the hydrolic lifts. On long trips I often make overnight stops at Walmart or truck stops and sometimes never get off the motorhome. Its self contained with a generator and very user friendly.

On being a single traveler....I am 2.5 years away from retirement but have found that my trips are mostly to meet up with friends, relatives, Airstream owners or veteran groups. Basically I never camp alone and with internet and cell service, never feel alone on the road. So far I have stayed at 2 Airstream parks with the goal of visiting all of them...reason is due to the friendly people and new friends made in every campground. One thing I found about Airstreams in general is that other RV owners are always anxious to talk about your rig and see the interior no matter how old it is.
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