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Old 07-25-2011, 03:42 PM   #15
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I can back a 40 ft school bus into a space w/6" on either side
Joe's right. Long, long ago I drove a school bus for a short time and could back it into a tight space with hardly any room to maneuver. I wish I could do so well with a trailer.

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Old 07-25-2011, 03:46 PM   #16
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The most useful trick I have learned is what 68 TWind and CrawfordGene have said.

Put you hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and follow their instructions.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #17
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:16 PM   #18
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Sorry to hear of your troubles, try not to fret, most here have gone thru it.



It was easier for me to learn backing over my left shoulder using the left mirror and the 6oclock steering wheel method.

After that tackle the right side, be careful, the back of the trailer disappears quickly when you turn to sharply.

You can't go slow enough....no matter WHO is watching.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:18 PM   #19
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Take your time , if unsure get out and look , try not to get mad ,
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:20 PM   #20
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Keep practicing, it WILL get easier!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:40 PM   #21
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I'll second the votes about a) 6 o'clock position of your hands on the wheel, b) pull forward as much/often as you need to reset, and c) TAKE YOUR TIME. Campsites and trailer storage aren't in the middle of busy thoroughfares, go slow and relax. If you're in a storage place with a loop driveway and someone is waiting to go by and stressing you out, just drive around the loop and go for it again, etc.

EVERYONE towing had to learn sometime. I grew up on a farm dealing with trailers, but I hadn't towed in 20 years or so when we bought the Argosy. We went to an empty parking lot, set up cones in progressively more challenging arrangements, took our time and used our walkie-talkies and developed better hand signals. I got my partner to try some backing and parking when we were in the empty parking lot, but so far he hasn't been interested in the tow driving. We'll see if that changes on the big trip in August.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #22
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I got my partner to try some backing and parking when we were in the empty parking lot, but so far he hasn't been interested in the tow driving. We'll see if that changes on the big trip in August.
He does need to learn. If something happens to you, he may need to tow the trailer all the way back home. Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and life usually goes in between.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #23
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It is funny that every body have problems initially. We use to get mad, upset, my better half tries her best and I was ready to pull my hair off. Now the parking is a breeze. You have a much larger AS and it probably may be more difficult than my 20 footer.
Lke other folks said have patience and perseverience.
Good luck in your practice.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:04 PM   #24
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It helps to have your spotter move from side to side as needed . As long as the spotter can see YOU in the mirrors you can see them.
Also if you can pull up at an angle it is better than trying to make a 90 degree turn.
Pull forward when need be, no need to get it all in one try.

We used to have a couple drivers who hauled trailers into our transport co. storage lot.
They could put a trailer anywhere but if you looked at the track afterward you would think it was done by a drunk. Many minor corrections.

Once seen on a mirror on a big truck GOAL. When I got closer the fine print was "get out and look"

And of course big trailers are much easier to back than short ones.

It will get easier with time
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:35 PM   #25
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He does need to learn. If something happens to you, he may need to tow the trailer all the way back home. Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and life usually goes in between.
He did pretty well in the parking practice, and he drove ambulances for years so I don't think it'll be a problem long-term, he just needs to get over the "new thing" aspect of it. Our '75 Argosy is only slightly wider than the F150, he drove big wide ambulance boxes on 1-ton trucks and backed into the station bays with just the mirrors.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:58 PM   #26
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PRACTICE!!! AND GO SLOW!!!
Everyone starts where you are, at the beginning. Tomorrow is another day. Be calm and have positive thoughts! Don't feel bad if you have to repeat and repeat the setup and start over. Last time it took me four times to back in the driveway and I've been towing more than 40 years. You will get less nervous with experience as you get to know your trailer.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #27
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I have the answere to your problems. It's a front hitch. I have one on my F-250 and can park anything anywhere. I have helped quite a few people that gave up and were going to quit.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:34 PM   #28
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Lots of good advise, I would like to repeat RickDavis excellent comment. Adopt the rule that if you can not see your partner in a mirror giving you the PROCEED sign, STOP until they reappear in a mirror, and motion you to continue. That will allow them to check the other side, etc, without fear that you will keep backing up when it may not be safe. If using a radio, do not continue to backup when you can't see them, just because you didn't hear them say stop. Radios can lead to the old who's left, mine or yours, problem and if you have a few good hand signals and adopt the eye contact rule, won't be needed. I have watched a neighbor back in and his partner was saying one thing on the radio and gesturing the opposite. I don't like the word whoa, which sounds like go, but I go by the hand signal I see anyway.
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