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Old 10-14-2016, 04:46 PM   #1
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There is such a thing as too steep an angle...

So I was backing up to a campsite today and I heard a"cruuuuuuuunch". I was surprised as I didn't think I was close to hitting anything,

Turns out the steering angle was too steep. The corner of my truck struck the front rock guard. The rock guard is dented. The rear right window of my truck is busted.

Valuable (and expensive) lesson learned. You can hit your trailer with the corner of your tow vehicle when backing up of your steering angle is maxed out. Watch for that. Don't be like me.

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Old 10-14-2016, 04:57 PM   #2
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I'm confused...
Did you damage the rear window of the cab of a pickup???
Why can't I see how this is possible...?
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Old 10-14-2016, 04:59 PM   #3
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Silly me! I assumed it was a pickup...
Sorry!
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Old 10-14-2016, 05:28 PM   #4
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That's why I have an extended shank. Live and learn.
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Old 10-14-2016, 05:47 PM   #5
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Apart from their towing excellence, I think the Hensley / Propride hitches help some in this regard as they put a greater distance between the trailer and the tow vehicle.

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Old 10-14-2016, 06:00 PM   #6
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I have noticed that with my propride hitch. but if you jack knife the trailer backing up all bet are off.. they will pinch at some point and it varies how much damage get done to stuff..

have a backing spotter and they keep and eye on the angle, especially when backing down or up a grade.. thing can get wanky quick.

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Old 10-14-2016, 06:34 PM   #7
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I have the Arvika bike rack on my Airstream and a camper shell on my Ram. I have my wife spot me at the hitch when backing into a campsite. At a tight angle the rack and bikes can get close to the camper shell.

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Old 10-14-2016, 06:48 PM   #8
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Mine gets close but does not touch. I use the Blue Ox Sway Pro and have a Arvika rack mounted on the A-frame. I pay attention to parking angles and stop before damage can happen.
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:40 PM   #9
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It's hard to see how this could happen to my setup with the ProPride, but will take a look next time I'm out. I was warned by a fellow ProPride driver once to NOT leave tailgate down when doing this. He showed me a proper dent in his stainless shield.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:20 AM   #10
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I did the same thing to my rock guard about a year ago. There are a lot of places to damage a TV or AS that weren't obvious to me until I found out about them the hard way: crunching extended side mirrors, scraping side panels, denting upper panels with tree limbs, knocking off running lights, denting rear bumper with rock or post, and probably a few more that are thankfully fading away from memory. Sometimes I think I should have bought a pre-dented "learner" AS for the first few years before getting a new one.
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I think the dents give my AS "character". I'm not concerned about resale. I'm not selling. I'm keeping it until the wheels fall off. And then I'll just get new wheels.
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I'm just happy that it didn't get the quarter panel on the Escalade. The window will be expensive enough. Thanks for sharing. Long shank helps with turning sharply, but backing up, no matter the distance, you can bring them together if you're not careful.
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