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Old 11-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Learning to tow?

I've never towed anything in my life. I want to learn to tow our 28BH. Where is a good place to practice? Are there places like truck driving schools that can help me develop a good feel for moving the trailer around? I'm in California on the Central Coast.

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Old 11-29-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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Use any empty parking lots and traffic cones to practice.

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Old 11-29-2014, 10:50 AM   #3
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I have a friend who went through their Boot Camp and said it was good, but I don't personally know about it. It isn't cheap though.

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Old 11-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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Bad time of the year for Mall parking lots but after the holidays early Sunday morning is good. I found it to be very helpful with the white lines in making turns so I could follow my tires in the mirrors. Borrow 4 orange cones if you can.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Hook up your trailer and head to your nearest high school parking lot on any Sunday, the parking lot should be wide open. Begin by practicing to back the trailer straight back, when you feel comfortable doing so, begin backing into a parking space to one side or the other. Then add cones to challenge your technique. One tip to remember, don't be in a hurry, patience is the key.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:09 PM   #6
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Best practice is to get out there and do it. Run the highway a bit- stay at 55 for a while both hands on the wheel and get use to how it handles. At first keep a spotter when practicing backing, you will most likely do that at every campsite anyway. Always look up win parking. trees or the crown can lean into the camper. Good luck
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:04 PM   #7
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Just take your time remember to start slowing down sooner and make wider turns. Tip for backing up your trailer that helps allot if new people. Hold the steering wheel from the bottom when backing up. When you are holding the wheel at the bottom you turn left the trailer will move left, you turn right the trailer will turn right. This will work again, only by holding the steering wheel from the bottom. Otherwise if you try this from the top your trailer will go opposite of the way you turn. Best of luck, just take your time

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Old 11-29-2014, 07:28 PM   #8
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Practice makes Perfect. First of all you need good visibility of your unit in both mirrors means you have to have extensions or newer trucks might have manual extended mirrors. Do not cut corners with rear visibility. The passenger mirror should be able to see the side of your unit and if possible your axle. First learn to backup over the drivers side which is the easier side for backing up in a parking lot stall or campground. Use some orange cones for practice. Parking lot stalls have lines and you can learn to do it perfect by lining up parallel with the lines. When you are comfort with the driver side backing up start backing up over the passenger side in a parking lot stall till you get perfection with that. Many campsites are pull through but most of them are still back up over the passenger side. If you learn to be perfect you don't need a helper because lots of time they are not visible in your mirror anyway. Before backing up in a campsite always check for over hanging trees and site stakes etc. I learned trucking in Europe with a truck and lorry in the 60's and secondary roads where small and many driveway entrances were also very narrow. Another thing when you hold the bottom of your steering wheel and turn to left your unit will go left. Turn the steering wheel bottom right your unit will go right.
Back up slow! How slower you backup how easier it is to correct.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:50 PM   #9
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I learned in a Walmart parking lot and I still carry two large orange cones to assist in backing into a camp site.

Keeping your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and moving it in the direction you want your trailer to go as has been mention above is the easiest way to back your trailer.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:37 AM   #10
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I will only add if you have a helper for backing the trailer make sure to get your verbal or signal commands in order... They might be saying one thing and you thinking another .... My wife tells me the rear needs to go left I know what she means .... We also use walkie talkies because like also says a lot of times you can't see them well when backing

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