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Old 04-13-2015, 09:45 PM   #11
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One of the 5er maneuvering problems I had was loading the bed of my truck with extra stuff for the trip. I put the tall stuff forward of the hitch and figured I was pretty smart till I had to back the whole show into a narrow slot by starting out with a ninety degree turn. That 5er overhead rammed my tall cargo right into the corner of the cab of the truck shattering the back window.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:05 PM   #12
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Wow, this is a good thread for those of us who are new to 5'ering! I haven't sprung for the Revolution or Sidewinder pin box yet, so I'm going to be extra cautious when backing. I don't have room to put anything forward of the hitch except low stuff due to the retractable bed cover I have. (Pace Edwards Jack Rabbit) Nice thing about it is once I'm unhooked, the cover closes right over the hitch and locks, and will cover anything else in the bed. I think I'm going to hook up one day on the weekend and go to an empty parking lot and get some practice prior to getting on the road. I guess my biggest concern is getting around during fuel stops. A couple years ago I got hemmed in by a gasoline tanker that pulled in while I was fueling and blocked my exit path. Ended up backing up onto a service road while DW watched for traffic. We have since bought the Good Sam book to find the good fuel stops.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:45 PM   #13
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I echo the change in pivot point. Once I realized that I have to move the whole truck instead of just the rear bumper it became, if not easier, more understandable. It might help to find a truck stop and practice there. I did some.

On our seismic the break away cable for the brakes is too short and I can't pivot one direction. The first time that pulls out and the whole rig just stops will get your attention! Always takes a minute to remember

Good luck with learning. It will come. Apparently the resident loudmouth has not tried anything new. It might change his perspective.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:48 PM   #14
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Sorry to post twice, but rryman, I find no shame in dropping my unit in the truck lot and just taking the truck to fill up if it's tight. Let them snicker
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:13 AM   #15
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……….. I find no shame in dropping my unit in the truck lot and just taking the truck to fill up if it's tight.
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Now there's yet another good idea. Hadn't thought of that, but it will be on my list just in case. I've passed up gas stations where I thought I couldn't get in and there were large parking lots next to them. Good idea.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:14 AM   #16
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Since moving up from a travel trailer to a 5th wheel, I've come to appreciate just how much nicer the 5th wheel tows. I wouldn't go back. Now that said, we all had a 'learning experience" on backing in the trailer. It does get better and easier with time and practice -- which you can do in a big empty parking lot vs. trying to squeeze into a tight space on your first time backing. Personally, I prefer backing in from the driver's side if at all possible since your line of sight is better and you don't have to deal with the wall of the trailer being a giant blind spot when backing up.

Here's a short little video that might help folks trying to learn to back into a space.

Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Backing Tips | The #1 RV Video Education training Source RV 101
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:50 AM   #17
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BeelBill - The guy with the loud mouth probably did the same the first time out, don't sweat it. Like others have said, it takes time to get used to it. Go to a big empty parking lot and practice. Go slow , don't get in a hurry no matter what.
On our first long trip years back I took a wrong turn at night, and about a 1/4 mile down the road I realized it was not were we wanted to be and there was no way to turn around. At that point I was very glad I had gone to the big parking lot and practiced backing up the new 5'er. I had to back up the road (in the dark) and back on to the service road to get back on track. Not fun, but doable.

The moral of the story, it will get better for you and don't trust an old GPS unit. lol

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Interesting thread. It reminded me of the time my dad was teaching me to drive at the age of 15. He put me in his 1973 Ford F100, standard transmission truck. He had me go forward, and reverse in front of the house for an hour. When I "mastered" the clutch on a straight street, he took me to a hilly one, sat in a chair, and read a newspaper while I "mastered" that.

Then he took me out on the road. After a week of that, he took me to a mall parking lot on an early Sunday morning with his 16 foot trailer in tow. He set up cones, then had me backing that trailer within them. I learned how to "turn the steering wheel right" to get the trailer to go left, and vise versa.

At first I had no clue as to why he made me do this, but many years later, I realized his logic.

To anyone who is towing for the first time; head over to a large parking lot with some chairs or whatever to mark a spot; then practice backing into and out of.

When you get to a campsite, you'll be the "pro".
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I'm in the learning phase as is most of you folks with backing a 5er.
One thing I might want to add is, grab a set of cheap walkie-talkies & carry them with, so when the wifey is at the rear of your unit trying to guide you back, you can communicate more effectively than hand signals.
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One of my biggest concerns is what is always on my blind side. I just watched the video above and one of the best things I've found is to walk the site like they suggest and get a good feel for what you're backing into. And some places, you don't want to forget to look up, for low hanging limbs. I found out last year that some of these people that check you in have no clue about lot size/location vs the size of your TT. I hope that was the exception. A lot of places they escort you to the site and assist you in getting parked.
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