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Old 10-15-2018, 11:23 AM   #1
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Backing In Tips - Ten Feet More Trailer

For the last 7 years, I had a 2004 Jay Feather 23B. We decided to upgrade and in a couple of days we'll be picking up our 2018 Jay Flight SLX 284BHS. This is ten feet more of trailer.

Backing in and such has never been my strong suit. I'm wondering if there are any tips or anything I should know to make this process easier. I'm nervous about many different aspects involved with the newer, bigger trailer, but for right now, the backing in part is my biggest worry.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:31 AM   #2
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You should be fine. Smaller trailers are harder to back. IMO. Larger trailers turn slower but more controlled than smaller trailers
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:39 AM   #3
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I agree 100% you should be able to maneuver the larger trailer a lot easier than the smaller one. As always just take your time and it never hurts to get out and double check.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:45 AM   #4
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:59 AM   #5
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36' fiver can get in almost any space, some times in 10 minutes some times 30 minutes. Just patience...........
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:45 PM   #6
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Believe it or not, it is actually easier to back in a longer trailer.

Practice a few times and you will be fine.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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You should be fine. Smaller trailers are harder to back. IMO. Larger trailers turn slower but more controlled than smaller trailers
Agreed with the smaller trailers being a pain. I had a 16ft trailer that was harder to back than my 30ft Jayco.

Here are some tips I can offer:
  1. Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel when backing up. Then you just move your hand in the direction you want the rear of the trailer to go...hand moves right, rear of trailer goes right.
  2. A backup camera helps, I have a Furrion wireless observation camera and it makes it so much easier to get in and out of tight spots.
  3. Check the mirrors
  4. Don't be afraid to pull back forward and reset...I usually never get it perfect the first time.
  5. Don't get frustrated with your significant other who is making random spastic hand motions trying to communicate that they want the trailer to levitate and move several feet in one direction or another. The rest of your trip will suffer if you make any negative comments about this situation.

To be honest I find the hardest problem I have with the longer trailer is pulling into and out of areas with narrow entrances. I catch curbs sometimes if there isn't enough turn width. Having an extra 15ft of trailer and an extra set of axles can make things interesting getting into and out of the gas stations in smaller towns.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #8
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You should be fine. Smaller trailers are harder to back. IMO. Larger trailers turn slower but more controlled than smaller trailers
True. Having backed multiple trailers over the years, the most difficult one has been a very short single-bike trailer for hauling my motorcycle. That is one tough trailer to maneuver in reverse!
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:26 PM   #9
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Backing In Tips - Ten Feet More Trailer

Those little trailers have a mind of their own sometimes. Especially when you can barely see it from the driver's seat!
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Agree that bigger trailers back in easier BUT, they also take more space when maneuvering. Like it is said above, until you get comfortable........ GET OUT AND LOOK ....OFTEN!
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