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Old 04-30-2015, 06:48 PM   #15
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The advice here so far is great.

I'll add another suggestion. My wife and went to a weekend long RV Safe Driver course at a local CDL (Commercial Drivers License) training center. We did this the first weekend we had our trailer. About 80% of the weekend was backing up! Probably because it's the hardest part of the whole process.

You're definitely not alone and it's entirely possible (even likely) that you'll get it practicing solo as has been described so far. If you want professional help, there's an option for that too - don't be afraid to take advantage of that if it makes sense to you.

You'll get it for sure!

Good luck!

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Old 04-30-2015, 07:15 PM   #16
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Consider hiring a driving instructor to give you lessons. There are several outfits offering private RV driving instruction. It is usually easier to learn something properly in the first place than to un-learn bad or improper habits and then re-learn the correct way. Also those "war wounds" on your Airstream are not cheap to repair.

I guess SteveSueMac beat me to it. That's what I get for trying to watch the news while making a post.

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Old 04-30-2015, 07:42 PM   #17
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Drive out here to me, I wont let you leave until you can back up safely
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:55 PM   #18
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I have found that taking a few moments to undo our WD/Anti-Sway setup makes backing up the Airstream worlds easier than with it installed.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:23 PM   #19
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Bent metal- how does the camera communicate to your TV? I'm interested.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:24 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Smartstream View Post

I guess SteveSueMac beat me to it. That's what I get for trying to watch the news while making a post.


Great minds think alike - at the same time!
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:50 PM   #21
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Rent a U-Haul. Yes, get the insurance . Once you are comfy backing that trailer. Move up to the AS... Don't let this skill deficit ruin ya!!!
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:18 PM   #22
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I'll agree with the others who promote the "hand(s) at the bottom of the wheel" approach....... and....... go slowwwwwwwww. Try to not let others watching get you rattled.

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Old 04-30-2015, 09:24 PM   #23
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This is the video that gave me my Aha moment.

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Old 05-01-2015, 09:28 AM   #24
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I like the idea of renting a Uhaul. To me, those little trailers are tougher to maneuver. I was originally taught to put my hand at twelve o'clock and do the opposite thing. Then someone told me to do six o'clock and move the way you want the trailer to go. Also, your spotter needs to be on the same page. Left means the drivers left etc and stop means...

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:14 AM   #25
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Another tip , if you have power mirrors, do as large truck drivers do. When backing rotate mirrors to keep trailer in site.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:50 AM   #26
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no substitute for practice and a good coach, Lots of good advice here. Learn to always use your mirrors is my tip.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:58 AM   #27
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Always use your mirrors and do not look over your shoulder. Slow, slow and make minor adjustments with the steering wheel. Stop get out and look. In time it will be second nature.
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:04 AM   #28
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I hate to be a whiner, when I feel so lucky to own an A/S, but because of my fear of backing up (and I've had a couple of big mishaps already), I find myself limiting getaways unless my husband can come along and that is not very often. So there she sits in her aluminum splendor while we pay a monthly storage fee.
I've watched LoLoHo's backing up video on Youtube. I've tried it in a parking lot for practice. I was so off. I don't know if I should use the mirrors to see the back? Look over my shoulder? It is all so backward. Surely, there is one perfect tip, video, book, step-by-step guide that will help. Anyone? Anyone? I know living inside aluminum must do something magical to our brains. Those of you who have been Streamers for years must have some wise words for me.

Thank you.
There are many tips and techniques for backing up trailers. I will share on that works well for me. First, do not look over your shoulder but be sure you have mirrors on both sides so you can see if the back of the trailer comes into view on either mirror. Put both hands on the steering wheel. Left hand at 10 O'clock position and Right hand at the 2 O'clock position. When backing up go slow. Your goal is to keep the trailer straight so if you see the back of the trailer creeping into view on the left mirror you will use your left hand to turn the steering wheel slightly to the left so the trailer starts to move out of view. Same is true of you see end of trailer entering your view on the right. Turn steering wheel slightly to the right until trailer straightens out. It is preferred to use a guide to help you but if no one is around do not be shy about getting out several times to check your progress.

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