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Old 12-12-2016, 10:45 AM   #1
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Backing a trailer down a curving driveway

We are Newbies as of this summer and have a 2013 27' FB International Serenity and 2016 F-150 Ecoboost 4X4. We would like to keep the trailer at our home but it currently is in the driveway partially blocking our garage. We have a driveway down to our shop garage which turns as shown in the attached photo. I need to know if we are making a big mistake in moving the trailer down this driveway. I plan to have two spotters making sure no part of the trailer hits bottom and go very slowly. I have removed the weight distribution hitch and will put on a standard ball mount with 2 5/16" ball to increase clearance under the tongue.
Will this put a strain on the trailer frame or structure or cause other problems I haven't anticipated?
Thank you for your responses and for all the extremely valuable information we have gained from the Forums.
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:49 AM   #2
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Don't think your picture made it, but those two spotters will help any situation. Keep in mind that more hitch clearance = less "back of trailer" clearance. They'll be traveling over the same ground, but the 150 probably squats a good bit before the WD hitch. Sounds like you'll be leveling things out for the maneuver.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:03 AM   #3
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Not using the WD hitch is not an issue.

I am including a link to the best trailer backing video of all time. Make sure you have your written backing instructions to refer to while you are backing. The video also demonstrates the Murphy's Law collorary if two spotters are better than one, then more is better than two.
https://youtu.be/U6CbffjZ6fI
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Some people put a hitch receiver on the front of their TV to make this type of manoeuvre easier.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:35 AM   #6
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Even with our limited view, that looks do-able. I might get hollered at here, but I'd also not connect the trailer umbilical to the truck. Sometimes low speed, twisting, turning backups get more complicated when the truck controller keeps putting on the trailer brakes for you. Try it both ways, but you might like it with truck brakes only.

I agree with the ball mount only idea, and you'll have to really watch when the coach is in a twist and your truck breaks over the crest of that hill. Oh, and work out your hand signals first, tell your spotters if they can't see you in the mirrors you can't see them, and taka you time.........

Hope this helps.
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Should be doable. Practice, practice, practice.

It looks like that you will have a hitch clearance once the TV gets down on the hill.
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Looks doable.
Hug the inside curve with the trailer tires as the front of the truck may go off the concrete.
As suggested above review hand signals with your spotters. One good spotter should be adequate.
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I have a slightly similar backing challenge. You'll mostly loose sight on the drivers side as you go down and turn.

Use your pass side mirror adjustment to keep it in sight.

Slow and easy.
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One suggestion that could help. You need to focus on only one part of the AS, in this case the wheels on the inside of the curve, the passenger side. These tires should always be close to the edge of the pavement while far enough away to miss your house. That will give you more room to maneuver the truck. So, you're number 1 spotter will be on the passenger side and you are talking to him. The number 2 spotter is more for making sure everything is okay on the off-side.
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that is a great video!!
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:17 PM   #13
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Cell phones as walkie talkies

A trick we also use - is to have the spotter phone your cell phone in your vehicle (driver is hands free or speaker on) to give verbal directions for those moments when they are hidden behind the trailer or trees etc. Your could conference-in both your spotters so everyone can hear?
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One suggestion that could help. You need to focus on only one part of the AS, in this case the wheels on the inside of the curve, the passenger side. These tires should always be close to the edge of the pavement while far enough away to miss your house. That will give you more room to maneuver the truck. So, you're number 1 spotter will be on the passenger side and you are talking to him. The number 2 spotter is more for making sure everything is okay on the off-side.
x2 what randyc said. I was in the process of adding a comment that said the same thing.

Just go slow and use your spotters.
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the hardest part is backing down slope and keeping your TV on the concrete. Slow and easy pull forward a little then back up some more. Watch your choice of words. I have a long (180 Feet)narrow drive way but no curve like that to negotiate but I still have to pull up a couple of times to keep it on track.
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For ~$150 you can fit a front receiver on your TV ... money well spent!
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Looks doable like the others have said. Go slow. I had to put a wood ramp on mine to get up on to my driveway. It is heavy duty, but also very heavy, but needed so my "trailer butt" clears it.
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Ok, I'll add one more piece of advice.....

Remember that if you get in a bind, you can always unhitch and re-position the tow vehicle at a straighter angle and then re-hitch and continue on.
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backing down a curved driveway with airstream

I would hire a mobile home delivery firm to put that camper where you want. They have low and high hitch levels which can do the job. If they are nearby cost should not be a problem. 21 ft 69-26 Ft 76argosy 25 ft excella.
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