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Old 04-13-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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Well, that went well

I have been pulling and backing trailers for 40 years. But never tried a 5th wheel until today. Brought our new Jayco 5th wheel to the mobile home court we will be living in. It pulled much better than a travel trailer. But I can't back it into a site worth crap. When you are backing into a site that is on the driver's side, the 5th wheel is so close and big you can't see squat on the passenger side. My wife was supposed to be back there watching for me, but she was busy throwing twigs in front of my tires to give me better traction. After I hit the tree, I pulled forward and got stuck in the mud. On the bright side, we met all the neighbors who came to watch the show. I now know who the subdivision big mouth is. He was overheard loudly informing each new arrival that I was an unteachable idiot. Once I got towed out of the site, I just left it on the road next to the site to try another more dry day. Should have bought a backup camera but didn't think it was worth it for one vacation a year. Actually, starting to think should have bought a travel trailer. But, everyone said it would be sooooo much easier. They didn't realize I was an unteachable idiot.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hope the damage was minimal. That's when 4 wheel drive is handy. We were in a campground in Burnaby, BC, it took at least a 37 point turn, very tight with hedges and the site was cut in to a berm with a wood retaining wall. Thought I got it centred but the right slide needed another 3 inches. Had to move the unit over, 10 more maneuvers. The people across with the class A would have filled their pants if they saw how close I was to there unit. That was on dry pavement.
Wait till you blow out the rear window! There's a noise you'll never forget.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:50 PM   #3
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Don't let them bring you down. You will get it figured out.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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Make sure you wait about 6 months and then "payback" the resident loudmouth publicly!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:01 PM   #5
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Don't listen to the riffraff.
Was backing my new TT into my single car driveway with the wife "guiding" me. There was still snow melting in the yard. Went wide and she said "You're in the yard". Didn't think nothing of it. Tried to pull forward.. No movement. Tried to backup... no movement. Thought of two things at that moment. Either I pulled the emergency trailer brake cable or I broke my truck. That's when my wife walked up and said again " you're IN the yard". Got out and looked. Sure enough, I was IN the yard alright. Sunk the trailer right up to the axles on the passenger side due to the melting snow water saturated yard. Had to repair the massive divot and two sprinkler heads.
Oh well, practice makes perfect. Next time it only took one try to get it in the first try.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:01 PM   #6
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Wow, I shouldn't have looked at this thread! So far, I've only backed ours into our driveway, and I did a rotten job of that, but finally got it in position. In my defense, it was the first time I had backed it in on my blind side, and first time backing a 5'er. Someone said they turned shorter. I found that out right away. Almost ended up with both left and right side tires on our lawn instead of the driveway! Still got some learnin' to do. Thankfully, our first campground scheduled is a pull through. Hoping to get some backing practice before our second trip, which is a back in only site-and tight!
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Hope the damage was minimal. That's when 4 wheel drive is handy. We were in a campground in Burnaby, BC, it took at least a 37 point turn, very tight with hedges and the site was cut in to a berm with a wood retaining wall. Thought I got it centred but the right slide needed another 3 inches. Had to move the unit over, 10 more maneuvers. The people across with the class A would have filled their pants if they saw how close I was to there unit. That was on dry pavement.
Wait till you blow out the rear window! There's a noise you'll never forget.
Sounds like a 12ga shotgun went off in the cab.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:19 PM   #8
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I have gone from a TT to a 5er and back to a TT. There are a lot of advantages to a 5er when it comes to towing and backing. I would get my 5er in and out of some pretty tight spots on a regular basis.
Give it a little time to get used to. Realistically, your side view mirror may seem like you can't see as much, but its really the same view. What messes with your head is the perception because the pivot point is no longer back at your bumper. The pivot is directly over your rear axle on your TV. Keep reminding yourself of this. It is because of this that your 5ers turn is much more immediate then when you were towing a TT.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:20 PM   #9
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I took out the facia board on my house and ripped my rubber roof the first day I brought mine home, and it's only a 185RB. My hat is tipped to you guys with the big trailers and 5th wheels.
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Had to laugh when i read this post. Not laughing at the damage i must add. Had the same guiding experience with my wife stepping out of my view as she waved her hands frantically to tell me stop. Luckily i only broke the house roof a little and a small dent on the corner of the trailer
Im glad im not the only one who had or is having a 5th wheel manoeuvring break in period. It is so different. Made me look like a newb the first time putting mine in the drive. I usually had to reverse my other trailers through a gauntlet of parked vehicles then a 90 degree turn into the drive. Had it down to a fine art. First time with the 5th was like a twenty point turn and more mud up the wheels than i would have liked. Garden repair like Bsikes for me as well this summer Two or three goes at it and you get used to it though.
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