My late FIL -- also a pilot -- met Doug Corrigan
on a commercial flight sometime shortly after the "error". Always a good story to work from when one is "out-of-route".
Sounds good, zlee. I propose we get you to a higher state of proficiency over time for the purpose of gambling:
1] Girl backing
2] Girl on phone while backing (gum chewing recommended)
3] Make-up check midway
4] Stoopid "girl accessories" in abundance (etc; lagniappe
to affect point spread).
Of course we're not talking Britney Spears stupid, here, country girls can usually back in/out of the barn before they're 12-years old. Forget it if they were ever barrel racers, etc. Same for plenty of suburban girls whose mama's taught them to back the single-axle trailer with a pair of 4-wheeler ATV's on them with her Grand Cherokee. Some form of protective coloration will apply. Maybe . . emo
with fake tatt's that even the Army would have rejected. I leave this to your high observation skills. An unlikely pairing with a somewhat inebriated "partner" to build crowd interest (as to "why" you are backing the rig) is in line with what is believeable.
The rest is practice:
Backing. At steering wheel holder school (truck driver) there were three one-hundred yard "lanes" laid out on the back lot, each with a tractor/trailer. And a lot
of traffic cones. Just learnng to back straight, starting and ending in the same line, took practice. No such thing as holding the wheel steady and expecting to keep the same line. Trailers go where they will, even the barest un-see-able angle is enough. And, they're easier than a TV-TT for the most part (the relative height and length is the first hurdle).
In our six-week, six-day, 12-hour day course we started and ended with backing sessions that got harder and harder. A competition on the final day. Pretty cool to watch the instructors compete in R-High.
Important to understand about backing is the level of the mirrors and driver posture. It should all take place without moving from the straight-ahead position. That is, the mirrors are everything,
thus, their adjustment is critical. And, prior to that, driver posture:
Shoulder blades comfortably against seat back, with feet on floorboard with no undue stress on thigh from seat bottom.
Not feet on pedals, but on floor behind them. This tends to mean being closer to the wheel than most are comfortable with (old bad habits, frankly).
Mirrors, then, showing the barest side of the vehicle combination when in a straight line on level ground dividing sky & earth 50/50.
After this it is the angle of the cut. The longer the trailer (given no obstacles) the easier to back, frankly. The shorter ones go where they want too quickly. Wouldn't bother me to have to start/stop numerous times, but knowing the starting distance is where experience pays off.
The starting distance being:
1] from the roadway, to the pad
2] from the pad, down
the road (from trailer rear bumper).
That covers most of it. The angle of the curve.
If one wanted to practice then, the above straight line layout is an easy way to become comfortable in posture/mirror use. This is hard to stress enough as most of what happens in backing is small movements. The lack of obstacles and a big cut make this clear. The obstacles and the cut really are the easiest part. Keeping the trailer in the line one wants is the hardest. Doesn't matter if that line is straight or curved.
The mirrors are the tool most difficult to master the use of. A bit of "parallax" (I think) is what throws people. One is always lightly sawing the wheel side-to-side to maintain backing headway, and
one must use both mirrors to do this.
Only when the trailer disappears from the mirrors in tight cuts is the need for an observer somewhat important, and only then to the point where the driver again gains his view (though he may not). This is in assuming no obstacles real or potential (side, overhead or a drop off).
Also, some checks of the "wheel cut" (TV; the line taken by the tire) as they are not, counter-intuitively, the same from side-to-side on some vehicles. Some may need more wheel turn to maintain the same wheel cut as the other side. Some ideas on that here.
Of course ones partner needs the qualities of a carnie or shill to help assemble, agitate and lay points for:
a] number of attempts
b] wheel corrections (degree)
c] overall time
d] the "she can't do it again" ploy
Real possiblities on paying the per-night park fee with the above.