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Old 04-15-2015, 01:54 PM   #11
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backing up my Viking (gasp) pop up at the pinery in Canada...HORRIBLE tight area...trees everywhere...ditch and tree stump directly in front, where I needed my truck to go to back It in...and that's where my truck went, slid down the ditch into the stump...doh!

Ended up dropping the pop up and pushing it in by hand...had a helluva time pulling it OUT of that crappy sight too...same trip friend with a tt dented up the side of his trailer because of the trees...

next year the buddy who gave me the most **** about getting into the sight GOT that sight and couldn't get HIS pop up in there...ended up switching sites

following year 3-4 of us had tt's so we switched to an area in pinery with bigger sites

THIS year will be my first year with a tt, and pinery will be the first trip
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:06 PM   #12
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2nd trip with my trailer gps took us down a route ending to be a dead end. Had to back up on the gravel road about 1 1/2 miles. Narrow 1 lane with ditches on both sides
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:17 PM   #13
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Backing up trailers is akin to motorcycle riding. In motorcycle riding there are only two riders. Those who have been down and those who are going down. With trailers there are those who have either hit something, or other serious pickle and those who are going to hit something, or other serious pickle.
May nobody get hurt and no damage be done except that which stings the pride and give laughter.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:26 PM   #14
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Ok I'm going to give you your laugh of the day! I am a single Mom of 3 kids and 2 foster kids. I just purchased a Jayco jayflight BH26. I also own a small ski boat. I can't back either one of them! The camper is on a seasonal spot. Just took it up last weekend. All I could think when I was taking it up was "please don't pass my turn"' because if I did I could not turn around! Luckily there are people to help me once I get up there, so it is parked, leveled and ready to go. I could not imaniagine moving it every weekend.
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Not. First time story (or maybe it was cant remember). DW and I were backing in our pop up and I forgot to chock the back wheels of the trailer. When I unhooked the trailer from the truck there was a lurch and the chains caught it. I thought hunh that was strange but I went about what I was doing. A few minutes later I noticed that I forgot to put the chocks in place. We'll since the trailer stopped there was no harm done. Good news is that I found out my trailer backed switch worked.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:30 PM   #16
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I don't know why but for some reason backing up my trailer just came naturally. My truck is 22' and the trailer is 34' with some space in between. It's long... but I've not had any issues with backing it up and maneuvering it.

I have backed it into a space with nearly zero side clearance, going up a hill, in the pitch dark of night. So far, I've never hit anything and I don't have to reposition / retry repeatedly. I guess I am lucky that for some reason I can just visualize the angle of approach and it just works out almost dead on.

I do find that backing in a long trailer is actually easier than a really short trailer. The short ones get sideways very quickly whereas the long ones seem a bit more forgiving since turns are slower.

I have a short 10' utility trailer and that thing ends up over corrected so fast when backing up that it makes me crazy. I look like a complete rookie backing that thing up and a pro backing up the giant travel trailer. Go figure...
Same here. I never towed anything in my life before buying our very first TT, a 184BH last fall. I got home and was nervous about backing into the driveway for the first time ever. I had such an issue with the TT over-correcting so much, my neighbour came over and tried to guide me a little, but I managed all on my own. Almost like I had done it many times before. Weeks later I read a thread discussing how short, single axle TT 's need very slow,short steering maneuvers. That made all the difference in the world. Wish I read that post before my first time. I probably would have backed the TT in the driveway in half the time. I recently traded for a larger TT. I take delivery next Friday. I have the same theory that the longer TT and dual axles will make it easier to back in. Am I wrong?
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Backing up trailers is akin to motorcycle riding. In motorcycle riding there are only two riders. Those who have been down and those who are going down. With trailers there are those who have either hit something, or other serious pickle and those who are going to hit something, or other serious pickle.
May nobody get hurt and no damage be done except that which stings the pride and give laughter.
Since I have accomplished both of these life goals, I feel better.
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Partners in crime! Driver learn to back up your rig by yourself. Have seen it so many times where the driver blames the partner if a mishap happen. With boaters it is the same thing. Learn the skills to backup even in the dark. You're the driver you're responsible for your actions. Not the one who is usual in the wrong place. Be sure your mirrors are set right to see where your wheels are going. And before backing up in a site look up for overhanging trees.
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Same here. I never towed anything in my life before buying our very first TT, a 184BH last fall. I got home and was nervous about backing into the driveway for the first time ever. I had such an issue with the TT over-correcting so much, my neighbour came over and tried to guide me a little, but I managed all on my own. Almost like I had done it many times before. Weeks later I read a thread discussing how short, single axle TT 's need very slow,short steering maneuvers. That made all the difference in the world. Wish I read that post before my first time. I probably would have backed the TT in the driveway in half the time. I recently traded for a larger TT. I take delivery next Friday. I have the same theory that the longer TT and dual axles will make it easier to back in. Am I wrong?

I am betting that you will find it easier once you adjust to the size. At first you might be overly cautious and slower because you learned to be that way with the smaller trailer. But I think overall the larger one will be easier.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:44 PM   #20
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Our first trailer was a 15 1/2' Prowler. It was a piece of cake to back up. When we went to a 5th wheel it was a whole nother story. I looked like a fool to say the least. The wheels were very much to the rear on it.

I remember one time at one of our usual spots. Our site took some doing as getting into it had quite a bend. The owner of the campsite and I had little trouble getting positioned in it. One day the owner was not there and his helper decided to help. He literally had me sideways in the site. Luckily the owner came home and we had it fixed up in no time.
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