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Old 03-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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backing up a trailer and truck

I was not sure which forum to use. My question is: how did you all learn to backup your trailer into a small space? Any suggestions. We have a 22 ft. Air stream.

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Practice in a big space first!

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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Put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, turn wheel to the right and the rear of the trailer will go right, or the same direction as you are turning the steering wheel..........turn the bottom of the wheel to the left and the rear of the trailer will go left, or in the same direction as you are moving the steering wheel.

Ok, now you know everything I know on the subject.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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It is an acquired skill. Practice is essential...go to a big, empty parking lot and practice backing into marked parking spaces. DFlores' suggestion is a great hint. If you have someone to help you, come up with a hand-signal system that works for you... If you can't see your helper, stop until you can. (That's my personal rule for backing into a space.) With practice, it will get easier, really, it will...and before long you'll be getting it right into the space exactly where you want it with ease.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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I was thinking the same thing, JudyP. Ours is a 25ft AS that's not been out yet. Was looking at pull thru spots for a little bit til we get the hang of it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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Practice for sure, and get a pair of inexpensive walkie talkies. Have your copilot guide you back with 3 simple commands: left, right, stop.

Good advice given, keep your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move it the direction you need to go.

Pull forward, doing a "S", which points the rear of the trailer towards the entrance.

One of the episodes on the Long Long Honeymoon by Sean Michaels is how to back in. Look it up, he explains it well and and with humor.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Use the mirrors. Learn to back up using the mirrors. Don't look over your shoulder.
I adjust the mirrors to where I can see the tires when the trailer side is visible in the mirror. This gives me an idea of the pivot point of the trailer.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #8
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Check these threads.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #9
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Don't be afraid to take your time. It may feel like everyone is watching but remember, we all started out as beginners.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #10
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Walkie talkies? A husband and wife? Sandlapper, Are u sure ur not a divorce lawyer by trade, LoL! Practice sounds good
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #11
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Backing up to the left gives the driver a better view of where the trailer is headed.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02 PM   #12
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We have worked out a flawless solution.

When we get to a campsite, my wife gets out and gets behind the trailer.

She guides me. I can't see her. I back up. Did I mention I can't see her? She guides me further. We arrive. We're both happy. Let the camping begin.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:30 PM   #13
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The advice above about doing an "S" to get your tail pointed towards the site is great.

A veteran 18 wheeler truck driver gave me these advice:

1) always turn or "break/bend" the trailer on the driver side. This way you can see exactly where the tail is pointing.

2) I use an orange cone as a a marker where I will aim the trailer's streetside tire when backing in to the site. This cone is placed at the entrance of the site where it meets the driveway.

3) a backup camera behind the trailer is great when parking in tight places.

4) by far the best advice I got from my friend is to back it in SLOWLY.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #14
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As a kid I would be petrified every time my dad asked me to help guide him back. It took me years to figure out if I can't see him in the side view mirror then he couldn't see me. Ironically, he did better without my help than with it.

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