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Old 09-07-2016, 02:29 PM   #51
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My wife is AWESOME at helping me back up our new TT. Although I probably could do it without her, I wouldn't want to. Zero complaints here, but our marriage really is a partnership. We will both be the first to admit that I'm better at some things, she's better at others. I figure that's how it should be.
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:33 PM   #52
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And keep in mind a short trailer can be much harder to back up then a longer one. They react much faster to your turning of the wheel. Try and back up a dump cart behind an ATV in a straight line. Not easy.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:04 PM   #53
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Okay, so maybe I take some of the comments in these types of threads too literally, but the derogatory comments many guys make regarding their wives drive me crazy. Maybe guys if you didn't treat her like she was an incompetent, helpless ninny (at least that is how you come across as treating her) and gave her the keys she would back the trailer in better than you ever could. Good grief, many of the posts on this subject make it sound like the guys' worth is somehow measured by his trailer backing ability. Both my husband and I (and we are not unique in this), can and do, hook/unhook, pull and BACKUP all of our trailers - 5er, gooseneck, and bumper pull. When our son was about to turn 14 and wanted to get his drivers license, a requirement was that by himself he could hook/unhook and back up every trailer. We were at the DMV on his 14th birthday.

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I love my DW dearly however, we all have our strengths and weaknesses and one of her self admitted weaknesses is her driving ability - more specifically, her backing ability.

In the past 3 years alone she has backed into a stone retaining wall, Backed off the edge of our driveway (tow truck recovery required) side swiped the passenger SIDE (most of it) of her car backing out of our garage, backed over our mailbox. BUT the topper of all events....

Wait for it.....

She backed through the closed garage door!!!

IF I were to give her the keys to my truck especially while towing our camper I would need to have my head examined.

Now, in her defense, she is an awesome wife and the most caring mother to our 4 children and we are extremely lucky to have her in our lives.

Like I said, we all just need to know our strengths, weaknesses and limitations.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:19 PM   #54
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Oh if that were so! My wife is very competent driver. She knows how to hook up and un hook properly. She can do anything except back up anything. Not even a lawn tractor with a wagon attached.

That's ok with me.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:54 PM   #55
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I don't see the allusion to ineptitude. Both my husband and I drove ambulances for thirty years and backing those up required practice too.

But we learned that outside "help" no matter if its got skirts pants or an out of control trauma doc in scrubs is not usually help.

He is a guy. Leave him alone
I am a gal. Leave me alone

We both back up the thing down our long driveway.

Confidence comes from practice.It may be that the Original Posters just need to find a big space, send the other one out for beer and practice alone.
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And keep in mind a short trailer can be much harder to back up then a longer one. They react much faster to your turning of the wheel. Try and back up a dump cart behind an ATV in a straight line. Not easy.
Right on. I can back up the canoe trailer. Its got an eight foot bed. But it requires a very subtle touch on the wheel to correct its course. I caught on to that faster than hubby.. For years the thing was over the wall, across the driveway and there was lots of cursing. He kind of had the sledgehammer approach

Yet I think that experience was useful. Now he can back out TT smoothly in between trees and perpendicular back in sites, often in one swoop. He can be a little less subtle with the longer TT.

I have to work on my too much sublety with our TT though I have excellent control over that canoe trailer.

Dont even ask about the gymnastics we went through with our trailer for te 14 foot sailboat . We had a pickup. The Trailer had a long tongue and no weight and no delineators. We amused ( or not) many a five o clock arrival at the boat ramp. The trailer was sometimes jacknifed and he didnt know it. It was easier to pick up the trailer and move it through the water as clearly shrill feminine yelling didn't do a bit of good.
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Old 09-07-2016, 05:18 PM   #57
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Tip I learned while in the Army - place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Move your hand (and steering wheel) the direction you want the back end of the trailer to go. Works Everytime. I have to back over 550 ft when putting my trailer in storage with both a left 45 degree and a right 45 degree turn. Let that precious lady stand behind and warn you if you are about to hit anything. After parking and setting up take out to supper - both deserve it. Have a great time and enjoy it all.
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Old 09-07-2016, 05:31 PM   #58
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As lame as it might sound, whoever is doing the backing up could take a quick lesson from a truck driving school.
Where can you do that? I actually looked but the class is for weeks and big bucks? and I don't want to drive a semi for a living, I just want to park in a campground! Would they take me for just one class? backing up?

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I use the don't say a word unless I am going to hit something method...
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:11 PM   #60
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Boy does this thread bring back some backup memories when we first picked up our trailer.

Luckily when I purchased my new F150, I had the Pro Trailer Backup Assist installed. With the backup assist even my kids can hop in the pickup and backup the trailer no issues. You literally just turn the knob on the console and work the peddles and the computer turns the wheel. Anyone can pretty much thread the trailer in any spot. Love it.
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