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Old 01-03-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Red face It finally happened to me

Well, after years of weaving my fiver up and down my tree lined driveway, I finally had my first accident. I was backing the fiver onto the parking pad that runs perpindicular off the windy driveway. After getting a little off kilter I went to do a pull up, and my wife yelled at me to stop. I got out and looked, and saw the top corner of the roof leaning against a tree. My only way out was to back up.

I got the rig parked without any further mishaps, and went up to inspect. I bent the rain gutter pretty good, and stuffed some tree bark into the seal between the rubber roof and the rain gutter. The plastic cover on the awning motor is shattered. I don't see any tears in the rubber roof, and it doesn't look like I damaged anything structural. I'm just hoping this wasn't an expensive lesson on backing at the end of a very long day.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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That's the thing that still bother me about pulling my 29 foot TT... Once I get the license plate on it I plan on taking down into Riggins, ID where there is a big dirt lot and I can practice backing up and parking it.

Also waiting for the ICE to leave the yard...
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Bummer. Do you guys use walkie-talkies? It sure makes it easier to communicate! Good to hear you guys didn't have worse damage. We actually have a tree branch we have to trim before spring so we don't go through the same thing as you
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #4
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Sorry about your damage, but don't feel bad. You're not the only one. I haven't even had my trailer 4 months, and when I was backing it in to my current spot, the side above my holding tank valves kissed the concrete shelter. Didn't do a whole lot of damage, mainly superficial.

But I learned I need to jump out of my truck more often and check the trailer progress (I'm doing this solo).
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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I suggest you go to a large store and practise backing up in their docks. Just don't go in the morning when they get the majority of their deliveries.....larger stores usually have at least 2 docks (Super Walmarts 3 or 4), there's plenty of room to maneuver and most docks have painted lines so you will be able to tell if you are 'off', you don't need to back all the way in, stop before touching the dock, you'll practising backing and judging distance at the same time. After I got my cdl I used to take a 53ft tractor trailer and practise docking it, I would go to different stores as some docks are more challenging than others. It gets easier, in no time you'll be popping that trailer in first time with your eyes closed (not literally..lol) Good Luck
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I suggest you go to a large store and practise backing up in their docks. Just don't go in the morning when they get the majority of their deliveries.....larger stores usually have at least 2 docks (Super Walmarts 3 or 4), there's plenty of room to maneuver and most docks have painted lines so you will be able to tell if you are 'off', you don't need to back all the way in, stop before touching the dock, you'll practising backing and judging distance at the same time. After I got my cdl I used to take a 53ft tractor trailer and practise docking it, I would go to different stores as some docks are more challenging than others. It gets easier, in no time you'll be popping that trailer in first time with your eyes closed (not literally..lol) Good Luck
That sounds like a wonderful idea... But I hate to say it I'm 3.5 hours from a large store with a dock...
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:41 PM   #7
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That's the thing that still bother me about pulling my 29 foot TT... Once I get the license plate on it I plan on taking down into Riggins, ID where there is a big dirt lot and I can practice backing up and parking it.

Also waiting for the ICE to leave the yard...
Most highschools have parking lots and are usually empty on the weekends. Fair grounds also are good places to practice.

Mopar I think that ice will be with you for a few more days.
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Bummer. Do you guys use walkie-talkies? It sure makes it easier to communicate!
Yeah, we have walkie-talkies. But we rarely use them because by the time I'm about to whack something with the trailer, my wife is screaming so loud to stop that I can hear her crystal clear without them.


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Most highschools have parking lots and are usually empty on the weekends. Fair grounds also are good places to practice.
And most schools also have loading docks that, most likely, are not used on weekends.

I'd be a little hesitent about using a store's loading dock for practice unless it was closed. I know that if it were my son's store and we were open, I'd be asking you to go somewhere else just due to the liability and safety issues it would cause.
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Most highschools have parking lots and are usually empty on the weekends. Fair grounds also are good places to practice.

Mopar I think that ice will be with you for a few more days.


Our high school is so small you can even turn a bus around without backing up 3-4 times. Our rodeo ground are tiny... The whole town of Riggins, ID is about 1 mile long and 1/4 mile wide...

Here is the entire town of Riggins, ID
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Bummer. Do you guys use walkie-talkies? It sure makes it easier to communicate! Good to hear you guys didn't have worse damage. We actually have a tree branch we have to trim before spring so we don't go through the same thing as you
If you use the walkie talkies, just tell the other person that they have to push the switch prior talking............. do I have an expensive story!!!!!!!
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