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Old 09-06-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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Save a marriage. (Backing Up a Trailer)

After a couple of years of backing up the trailer my DW and I have come to the conclusion that we may not survive this. Without getting into specifics (that can go on for days) we are at a crossroads, What I am looking for is a toy truck and trailer where the front wheels turn. We both agree if we saw how it worked with a model, she would be a better spotter and me a driver. I have checked amazon. Quite a few truck and trailer toys but no move able wheels.
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:39 PM   #2
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If after a couple of years you don't have this figured out, well, my first thought is to put SWMBO in the driver's seat and you direct. You may find she is good at it. (Vise-versa if she is already driving).

Can't help with the toy truck and trailer, sorry. You might give these Youtube videos a look see:

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ravel+trailaer

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Old 09-06-2016, 08:41 PM   #3
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Here you go, a simple video with good ideas.

https://youtu.be/bmn8LxyKqgo
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:44 PM   #4
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Not sure of a toy truck like that.

When your wife gives direction, does she tell you what way to move the tt, or is she telling you what way to turn the trucks front wheels or steering wheel?

When I back into a site, my wife only directs by telling which direction the tt needs to move, and watches to make sure I don't hit anything I can't see. I worry about what way to steer the truck to get the trailer in the correct direction.

Another thing you can try is going to a large, empty parking lot nearby and practicing how to back up if you don't have very much experience. That way you become more comfortable and don't have to stop and think about what way to steer.

Good luck!!!
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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Best advise I've gotten "just have her watch the trailer and shout out if you're about to hit something".

That's all we do!

The driver should be in charge of the driving, not the spotter trying to drive from outside.

That advise has saved many camping trips for us!
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:53 PM   #6
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The main thing is to avoid "campground sex". You know when you hit that tree or picnic table and you say WTF you doing? And they say well Eff you and so on, you get the idea.....
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:01 PM   #7
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I built my own model out of Legos. Worked pretty well, even if the wheels didn't turn!

ETA: DW is there to make sure I don't hit stuff. I use a lot of GOAL (Get Out And Look) and a lot of practice. DW tried it once when I hurt my back, and it drove me nuts, she wouldn't listen. I ended up steering the wheel from the passenger seat while she operated the Pedals. We both know our roles and what they entail now...
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My wife and I give each other a great big hug before we start backing into our spot. It helped that early on she tried to back the trailer up in front of the house and got a big dose of reality. She's not too critical now. And I mostly just have her keep me from hitting anything, I use mirrors and my feet to figure out where/when/how to park. Would be better if she could help effectively but it's not worth the stress to try.
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As lame as it might sound, whoever is doing the backing up could take a quick lesson from a truck driving school.
Then as stated, the spotter just needs to make sure the driving doesn't hit anything.

I hadn't backed a trailer in years. A guy down the street just happened to own a trucking school. As a rookie, I'll never forget the pointers that guy taught me.

Either that or trade in for a Class-C
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Mine tries to direct my steering wheel. It is quite the challenge and you guys are headed in the right direction by trying to identify the issues.

Take it to a large parking lot and drop some cones or set up a zone to try to park. Have her try to park it, you do the same. Hehe... I dragged ours around behind us for a week, trying to put it into some odd locations.

Personally, I prefer to have the wife just keep us from damaging anything as she just keeps an eye out for obstacles. We will get better at the communication as we play with it more.
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