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Old 03-28-2014, 12:23 AM   #29
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Well, we're home again, jiggidy jig. Backing this thing into the driveway was nearly a total Charlie Foxtrot. The only thing that kept it from being a complete CF was that nobody was killed (though my copilot came closer than she knows) and there are (as far as I can tell) no scratches on my new trailer.

None of the strategies here worked completely. And none of the strategies I've learned over 20 years of towing and backing boats, trailers, and a pop up worked completely either. On the other hand, I guess I have to say that together, maybe little bits here and there all worked, because my new 22 is now sitting in my driveway, more or less unscathed. And if I can go to bed before I open my mouth, my marriage will probably also survive.

It's 1:20 AM, and we just did an 8 hour drive, so I'm in no mental condition to figure out what we could have done differently. But, anyway, all's well that ... ENDS. Thank you all for your suggestions. I sincerely appreciate them all. In days to come I'll be reprocessing them and trying to figure out what to do right next time.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:23 AM   #30
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Now that you are home and can relax, here's an idea. Go to a toy store or hobby shop and get a remote control truck set-up. It will give you some practice without any damage to your rig or marriage. Sal
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:31 AM   #31
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It's 1:20 AM, and we just did an 8 hour drive, so I'm in no mental condition to figure out what we could have done differently.
Wild guess here, but try this again without the 8 hour drive at 1:20 a.m. and I'm guessing this procedure will be much easier...
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:35 AM   #32
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Daylight and rest will definitely make it go smoother.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:45 AM   #33
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Get right back in saddle tomorrow, drive out of driveway, then back her in again. Again and again til u get feel for where to be. Backing up really just makes dumping an easy walk in the park!
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:04 AM   #34
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I have also found that it is much harder to back in after a long drive. It's worth it once you kick back and enjoy life in the Airstream.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #35
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Make sure you have rear-view mirror extensions if your rig doesn't have ones that slide out. Most important, make sure your back-up-partner shares the same directions as you. Walkie talkies are the best way for this but sometimes you will rely on hand signals. Make sure you both know what they mean. Ask me how I know. Main thing is practice, practice, practice. Depending on your TV, you can also add a front bumper with a hitch, then you can drive your AS into your driveway and maneuver very easily. Many folks with large boats do it that way, they unhook from the back and hook up to the front and then they can be more accurate in parking.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:29 AM   #36
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I have a rear view camera on the back of the trailer.
Overkill- yes, but anything helps.
It is entirely possible to back without the rear view camera- I backed for years without it.
A "guide line" helps- edge of the driveway, expansion joint in the concrete, fence, house, etc.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #37
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As to 1 of my prev. replys to backing up, do as pro. truckers do, if you have power mirrors rotate them as you back up either blind side or drivers side. you can see very well, learn to use mirrors, not look over shoulder, it takes practise how to learn do this way, watch a pro. trk. driver how they back into tight spots left or rt. side with ease. Not a trk. driver but ret. rr conductor. Bill
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:12 AM   #38
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You were tired and it was dark. Would have been wise to overnight (and enjoy your first night in the trailer) if there was time. It will be *much* easier next time.

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I would go past your driveway about 10' and keep out from the opposite curb a little bit more than with the previous trailer. Then start a more gradual angle on your backing. The new trailer will turn on its own then and will start up the driveway (if you have pulled the proper distance past the driveway (10'?), and you will have room for your front wheels of the TV because the trailer will have started to turn as you back up. I think the main thing is to take is gradually rather than try to do a sharp turn getting in. Also have some one watching the driver's side back corner to make sure that it is not hitting anything as you reverse. Good luck on getting in. Remember, it will go in, its just a matter of finding the sweet spot.
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I would go past your driveway about 10' and keep out from the opposite curb a little bit more than with the previous trailer. Then start a more gradual angle on your backing. The new trailer will turn on its own then and will start up the driveway (if you have pulled the proper distance past the driveway (10'?), and you will have room for your front wheels of the TV because the trailer will have started to turn as you back up. I think the main thing is to take is gradually rather than try to do a sharp turn getting in.
Exactly. I am inconsistent with my backing. Sometimes I am quick and smooth like a pro, other times I am awful. I am convinced that it is the approach setup.
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:31 PM   #41
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After reading all this it reminds me of the classic movie "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. If you haven't watched it you need to. After viewing this movie, nothing you do will make you feel any less then a pro. Relax, take your time and practice will make perfect. By the way. I can't back worth a damn, but the hubby's pretty good at it.
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