Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-01-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 102
Backing up

Are there any tricks to backing up (and not turning the opposite way)? Also, backing up on your blind side? Thanks!
__________________

Meadows11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
TNCraig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Dayton
Posts: 377
Place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and turn the wheel in the direction you want the rear of the trailer to go. Sometimes you can over think the process.
__________________

__________________
Craig & Terry in Tennessee
2018 Pinnacle 36 KPTS,
2012 F350 CC LB King Ranch, 6.7L TD, Ford 25K hitch, TM TPMS, Diesel Site Coolant Filtration System

TNCraig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 06:24 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Pawnee, IL
Posts: 289
Get used to using your mirrors! Always, when possible, have a spotter to help guide you. GOAL. Get out and look. Go slow. Place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and move it in the direction you want the rear of your camper to go. Go slow! If you have electrically adjustable mirrors, take time to adjust them as you are backing so you can see your trailer wheels and rear corner. Go slow. If possible, go to an empty parking lot and practice. The more you do it, the easier it gets to back up. I'm sure there are other tricks of the trade that people use, but I think these are some basics..
__________________

2016 Eagle 323 LKTS
2009 GMC 1-ton Dually Diesel
djalbrec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 06:27 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Livinglife2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Olsburg
Posts: 342
I teach people by having them place there hand at the bottom of the wheel in the middle and the trailer will turn in the direction your hand goes while backing, just go slow and have a spotter watching for anything in the way, I adjust my mirrors so I can see the trailers wheels and use the road as a guide to follow backing into a camping stall if I'm on the road hugging the inside on the road then my blind side has to be on the road also. Good luck and with practice it will get easier
__________________
2015 Eagle 34.5 BHTS FW
2012 Chevy 2500HD LTZ CC 4x4 DMAX
B&W Companion
TST 507 flow thru

Livinglife2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 06:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Livinglife2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Olsburg
Posts: 342
^^^^^I type too slow they beat me too all the good pointers
__________________
2015 Eagle 34.5 BHTS FW
2012 Chevy 2500HD LTZ CC 4x4 DMAX
B&W Companion
TST 507 flow thru

Livinglife2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 06:43 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Itsmeamanda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Lake in the Hills
Posts: 29
That hand on the bottom of the wheel tip is the best thing ever. Thanks all!
Itsmeamanda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Cosmik Debris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Missoula, Montana
Posts: 554
pick a target

Even with a spotter I like to get a look at the site and pick a target that I can see to aim for.
Don't forget that your spotter may not be able to see the front corner of your tow vehicle to make certain you don't hook something.
Cosmik Debris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
mcfarmall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Kalamazoo, West Michigan
Posts: 1,814
I find that I usually don't have to give the wheel more than 1/2 turn CW or CCW from the "hand at the bottom of the wheel" position to get the trailer to move adequately in the right direction. Any more than 1/2 turn and I'm oversteering.
__________________
2006 23B Hybrid with 10k round bar WDH
2011 F150 4x4 SCREW Ecoboost, Max Tow, Integrated TBC, 3.73 LS axle, Firestone Ride Rite airbags.
mcfarmall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 11:30 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kincardine Ontario
Posts: 152
I get out and look over the area before starting to back up. Also we use 2 way radios to communicate when backing into a spot. Much simpler than deciphering hand signals.

The points about steering and mirrors - yes make sure to do them.
__________________
Owenssailor
Ont. Canada
2012 Chev 4x4 Crew Cab 5.3l 3.42 trailer package
2011 Jayco Select 28U
Equal-i-zer 1200/12000
Rotochocks

gone 2003 Chev 4x4 5.3 Extended cab
gone 1991 Award Classic 30
owenssailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2014, 07:32 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Scott's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Gurnee, IL
Posts: 299
My DW and I also use the rule from my Army days (we called them ground guides, not spotters but the principle is the same): if I can't see you either directly or in my mirrors, the vehicle stops until I can. This is for the spotters safety. If she tripped while I was backing in and I hit her with the trailer because I couldn't see her I would never forgive myself. In fact, she would never forgive me either!

We use the old hand signal method during the day and the same with a flashlight at night. No light = stop. I like the radio idea.
__________________

__________________
Scott, DW, and Twin DS (6)

2013 Jayco Jay 1206
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 5.3L 4WD
Scott is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.