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Old 04-18-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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hubby is my hero!

Wow, I am so impressed with my husband! He backed the AS onto the driveway from the street, centered right between the mailbox and the light post ! The movers took out the mailbox when they moved us in

The he backed it up the 350 feet or so of curvy, uphill driveway and planted it at the top. Woohoo! Didn't hit any of the trees or lamp posts that the PO so kindly lined the driveway with

Me, I cannot get the hang of backing up. I can't make it go straight on a straight, fairly flat street! I had to tow it through the whole campground this week when I couldn't back up right to reposition it

Oh, well. Glad one of us can do it!
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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That's awesome!

Both the fact that he did it, and that you are posting about it! All too many people know how to do nowadays is criticize, so it is a breath of fresh air to have someone congratulate!

And keep working on those backing skills! You'll get there!

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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thanks Susan

I didn't mention that this is his first time ever towing anything, so he (and I!) are learning new skills. I am very impressed with how easy he made it look! Can't wait for the day when I realize that I do it easily
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:05 PM   #4
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. I can't make it go straight on a straight, fairly flat street! I had to tow it through the whole campground this week when I couldn't back up right to reposition it
Don't be so hard on yourself. I think it's harder to back up straight than it is to back up a curvy driveway.

Not taking anything away from your hero, though.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:53 PM   #5
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Don't be so hard on yourself. I think it's harder to back up straight than it is to back up a curvy driveway.

Not taking anything away from your hero, though.
What he did'nt tell you was that the pink flamingos were spotting for him! It's an Guy secret, so don't let on that we told you.
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:35 PM   #6
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Out of curiosity, did he do the fantastic job with the factory mirrors? My best backing-up jobs require good mirrors.

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Old 04-18-2008, 04:48 PM   #7
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hang on to that dude, he's one in a million!

here's a neat trick: hold the steering wheel at the BOTTOM (not sides, not top) and move the wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go...it made backing up a lot easier for me to (sorta) learn...
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:22 PM   #8
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Roamin' Cat, check in with the We Can Tow It thread. You'll find a whole group of women dedicated to learning to handle their Airstreams, including that infernal backing up! ~G
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:54 PM   #9
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Oh! I was the pink flamingo this time

Tom, we have the extendable tow mirrors on our '08 Silverado - Ford has power ones, we have to pull these out ourselves (twice had to pull over to do it, gotta add this to my preflight checklist!). Work great though, once we figured out how to adjust them properly.

Rick, thank you for the wheel trick, that might explain why I am having such trouble.

And thanks, Georgia, the We Can Tow It thread has many great people on it! I had hoped to attend their rally, but it was too much too soon for me. Hope to catch - or help organize - the next one!
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RE - Hubby's your hero...

Natch. That's his job.

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I'm impressed every time I watch my husband back either of these trailers. I think it's got something to do with testosterone. I have tried and tried to back one and I can get it back a little and then it all goes to %^#*. I tried to back the boat into the water 13 times until some guy who wanted to use the ramp made me get out and he backed it in. It's sad, but thank heaven I have Bob.
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If you want to practice backing, find a large, empty parking lot, and back in figure 8's. Slowly, of course. You'll be surprised at how little you have to move the wheel to get the trailer to turn.
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Sorry Cat... your hubby is having a dream and you are in it.
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If you want to practice backing, find a large, empty parking lot, and back in figure 8's. Slowly, of course. You'll be surprised at how little you have to move the wheel to get the trailer to turn.
Terry has it right, less is more! Practice in an empty lot.

Hands on bottom of wheel, to make rear of trailer go left, move wheel til hands are at 9 o'clock, right - 3 o'clock. OBSERVE how quickly trailer starts to turn, release wheel once the turn starts or you'll be jacknifing in a heartbeat.

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