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Old 11-30-2014, 09:42 AM   #11
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Before being deployed to Iraq we owned a small fleet of trucks and on the drivers side mirror there was a sticker that says GOAL get out and look. There is no more important statement when backing. When I back in to a site my wife still gets out to watch. I have driven over 2 million safe miles and never scratched anything. When I backed in to a truck stop I was not afraid to get out and look and did not care who saw me or if they pointed an laughed.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #12
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One thing not mentioned, pull way forwards before starting to backup. Then the rest is like a game of chest, you need to think three moves ahead, and anticipate obstacles.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:06 PM   #13
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Use an empty parking lot for practicing tight turns so you can get an idea of how the trailer follows the truck. When backing remember to go slow and use a spotter so you can learn to communicate. Your spotter always needs to be where you can see them in the mirror.
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:15 AM   #14
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When backing remember to go slow and use a spotter so you can learn to communicate. Your spotter always needs to be where you can see them in the mirror.
Ha Ha Ha Ha, DW and I have never been able to get this right! I always just smile and take twice as long to back in and blame it on my bad driving.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:01 AM   #15
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one tip I tell people is when you have to stop and pull forward because your not hitting your spot, is to pull forward a lot not just a foot or two.
This gives you more maneuvering time and room.
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My husband was in the military for years. He has hand signals for moving large equipment DOWN. Me not so much
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:16 PM   #17
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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.
Oh high schools! I never thought of that! Thank you!
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Oh that is fantastic! I like the we'll come to you part of it. Hopefully they serve the central coast...
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