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Old 07-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #85
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And half of the forum members, men or women, wouldn't be able to get their trailer in or out of my driveway.
Plenty of room. I could do it. Of course, my trailer is about 6 inches skinnier than yours... And from the looks of it, that could be VERY important! ps: did I mention I just poured a bunch of new concrete because I was tired of replacing sprinkler heads every time I came home from a trip?
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #86
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I have really enjoyed reading this thread. AND thanks to those of you who gave nice descriptions of backing mechanics and how you+partner/spouse work as a team. I especially liked the "unwinding" description, as that is what Don was telling me. ("Straighten the wheel out once the trailer starts to move the way you want it to.")

Somewhere on the forums there is another thread about a gal (new owner/tower) who had made a sharp right turn and the trailer clipped a fence or mail box. She was completely spooked about driving after that. Many of the same suggestions were there too. Someone posted that it is so important to be comfortable driving the tow vehicle. It may not be the daily vehicle, but to drive it regularly. It isn't a good idea to only drive the tow vehicle when towing the trailer. Our F250 sits most of the time, but we make sure to drive it on one day every weekend. Good for all of us.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:16 AM   #87
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Somewhere on the forums there is another thread about a gal (new owner/tower) who had made a sharp right turn and the trailer clipped a fence or mail box. She was completely spooked about driving after that.
Yeah, that little mistake is certainly not limited to women. I can remember turning a sharp corner in a State Park and being pretty focused on the kids playing on the road in front and the general commotion of a full park. When I looked back into the side mirror the trailer was "INCHES" away from scraping a tree. A big tree. I was able to straighten up a bit and ease forward without hitting but that could have been a big mistake. A good reminder that I am not always as attentive as I need to be either. I am probably the only man out there that has made this error in judgement though. Right guys!?
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #88
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Hi, no offense to anyone posting/stating about where to practice, but where I live there is no such place. "Find an open field" "Practice in a church parking lot" "Use a market or Wal-Mart parking lot" Well, we just can't do that around here; The parking lots are either too small or too full at all times. We would almost have to leave the state to find an area such as these. And half of the forum members, men or women, wouldn't be able to get their trailer in or out of my driveway.

There ya go you have a perfect Place to Practice!!!

It will either be the house or your neighbours house that would get a rubbing with the bumper.

You could duck tape mattress pads to the corners for fun.

You could make an event out of it set up pylons out on the road and some lawnchairs and practice with an audience... Go around the block 10 times and park it as many times - and then you will be just fine when you get out of your state into the massive areas we all seem to freak out in

I remember my first Rally with the new rig - coming in really late at night. There were trees, playground and a trailer beside me - and I did it at night oh mentioned that already - It was PURE luck - I just wanted that road trip to be over and have a nice cold beer. So there was no fusion - Region 1 Rally several years ago - ha I was the talk of the morning for sure.... and Peter strutted around like a peacock saying yep that is why she does the driving.....
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