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Old 06-01-2017, 01:23 PM   #21
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It hasn't happened to me ...yet.... but the scariest I've been was realizing I'd completely forgotten to look UP...
This happened to me at an entrance to a Canadian National Park. I pulled close to the attendant's booth to pay my entrance fee and as I was pulling away my wife yelled for me to stop. I hadn't noticed the eave of the booth that was about to clip the front end cap.

It would have been no big deal for me to back up but the friendly attendant decided to help guide me. He apparently didn't understand backing up a trailer and got me in a worse situation. When I finally just said "Thanks, I can handle it", I got safely on my way. But it was a close call. And he was a nice guy, trying to be helpful.
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:13 PM   #22
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It's not a problem with a guide giving me directions, but I'm wondering what kinds of tips/tricks might make this less nerve racking when I do it alone.
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Don't get overly confident with your backup skills. Couple days ago, I backed up our 29' into the driveway like I always do by myself but forgot about the concrete overhang of our front porch. Wasn't pretty. Taking her down to Can-Am on Tuesday for an estimate on the repairs. Think I'll eat some humble pie and get the DW to spot from now on.
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:14 PM   #23
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Great ideas. I use small florescent 6" traffic cones instead of rope. One line of 4 down the roadside and two more in back inline with the trailer centerline. Turn on the backup camera and have at it. The most forward cone is the target rear end stop. At night, I use cheap LED flashlights. Works good especially at the Terraport in Jackson Center, the Mothership. One winter, it was so cold the LED flashlights would hardly light because the cold zapped the batteries so quickly.
At my trailer storage place, the problem of my length in between two large motorhomes, forced me to rent two inline stalls. Problem solved there , but still do the above when I get to the house.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:04 PM   #24
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I plan on taking our new stream on solo fishing trips quite regularly. I mostly park at a storage facility and need to slot the trailer into a 12' angled spot with a concrete pillar on one side, and a massive boat on the other. It's not a problem with a guide giving me directions, but I'm wondering what kinds of tips/tricks might make this less nerve racking when I do it alone. I'm thinking that I could use bright rope or other markings to help me get a sense for what is going on behind me but would love some ideas!

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GOAL!! Get out and look many times, better to take that extra look then to damage some thing, I travel solo and get a little extra exercise following the GOAL rule, good luck.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:36 PM   #25
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The hardest part of solo towing is getting people to leave me alone while I hook up and set up or break down camp. I have a system that works for me. With my one track mind interruptions will really screw me up. More than once I have had to tell helpful/curious strangers to go away until I am done and then I will be happy to answer any questions or give a quick tour of my rolling mini mansion. Unfortunetly some people can not take a hint and you have to get blunt with them. There has been a few occasions where I needed help and was not too proud to ask.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:53 PM   #26
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... looking through the TV rearview mirror or better yet, hanging my head out the window, I can ensure the left side trailer wheel is following the rope closely. I place a wheel stop where I want to stop backing. Works every time and allows you to not worry about the other side
Do what the professionals learn to do, face forward and use your side mirrors.
I agree with getting out. Mirrors are great, but they can give you a false perspective.
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Old 06-01-2017, 05:04 PM   #27
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:18 AM   #28
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I've had numerous neck surgeries so I installed a front hitch and ball setup so I can push my trailer into its "blind spot". One shot every time. I Take it on the road so if I have any more blind spots I just drop the rig, turn the truck around and pusher in.
That's a great idea, love it.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:40 AM   #29
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Awesome thread. Learning a lot. Love the "GOAL" idea.

I've never seen that Lucy and Ricky video clip, hilarious. That certainly resembles some of my initial parking attempts.

My only thread contribution is to also mention orange marker cones. I bought a set of four at WalMart and used them backing in to our site here at Lake Tahoe Wednesday. Having the sight line where the DW wanted the Trailer placed allowed back-in on this dirt/sand site to take place with much reduced walkie-talkie back and forth.

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I've also been placing a cone over the ProPride stinger to aid visibility on those early-morning hitch-ups. Works well in the rear view camera.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:53 AM   #30
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Think I'll eat some humble pie.
I seemed to be eating more of this pie the older I get. I like the rope idea, or small orange cone to aim for. You can use a flashlight to light the cone in the dark.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:58 AM   #31
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Lowe's and HD both sell the smaller cones to mark the path. They're useful for other things too. Like marking off a place where your might konk your head on a awning arm or MH mirror in the dark, or keep an area clear to park your scooter or keep from busting your shin on the hitch.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:03 AM   #32
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All good ideas, I like laying out a rope to mark the lane... It occurs to me I already have 2 25' hoses in my truck, and they'd work well for that.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:15 AM   #33
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I have to back my 33' into an angled spot. I get out of the car and look, a whole lot. I also know that, if I keep it about 18" from the other trailer on the streetside, that puts be into the slot just right. A metric like that as a guide can be very helpful.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:23 AM   #34
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I don't mind when people watch, it's when they 'help' that I mind. Why do people always think you want help even when ya never asked for it?

Usually, I'm not having a problem I'm just bein finicky about my level and placement.

And, yes, get out. All the time. Even with the backup camera. Another thing I do is crouch down and look through the back of the trailer all the way through to the front tires of the truck. This ensures I haven't missed any sneaky obstructions. I've got a friend who parked his Jeep at a campsite to use a bathroom, got back in, drove forward and broke his axle on the bbq he didn't see directly under his bumper.

Always look.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:10 AM   #35
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Not getting out to look 'one more time' a couple months ago turned into a $5,200 repair. Humble pie indeed. Saved myself 20 seconds though.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:14 AM   #36
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It hasn't happened to me ...yet.... but the scariest I've been was realizing I'd completely forgotten to look UP... at the places backing into... Overhangs, bldg. eaves, tree-branches, lamp-post-lighting-fixtures... have nearly crushed the endcap on a couple occasions.... I've just been lucky. (Many rear view cameras lose sight of nearby objects up HIGH...as they're trained downward for their view.)

Beware the HIGH obstructions.
That would be me. So focused on the sides, I misses the low eave sticking out. As mentioned previously--$5,200. GOAL as many times as needed!!
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:51 PM   #37
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I'm looking into buying an Airstream and this exactly is what I'm most afraid of. I will be traveling alone most of the time and how the heck am I going to be able to back this thing up into or out of spots. Good thread, thanks for ideas.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:44 AM   #38
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I'm looking into buying an Airstream and this exactly is what I'm most afraid of. I will be traveling alone most of the time and how the heck am I going to be able to back this thing up into or out of spots. Good thread, thanks for ideas.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Before I even begin the back up I stop at a reasonable distance away and walk the area and the spot. I mentally replay how to set up for the backing up, see whats in my way, including above and after all that I follow through.
I am a firm believer of learning to use your mirrors and that's where practice comes in. Its great to have all the back up aids but nothing beats learning how to do it by the mirrors. Your brain will learn how to do it.
And yes be patient take it slow and get out of the truck as many times as necessary.
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I love this response because this is my ENTIRE strategy. I'm constantly hopping out, walking around, and then hopping back in to adjust. I'm getting better at knowing where my corners are, but sometimes you just don't know where your end is unless you look.
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