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Old 09-10-2016, 04:13 PM   #71
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A lot of good ideas, here. Practice in a place with no other traffic or obstacles, with your OWN rig, 'cause different combinations of length will react differently. Long trailer with short truck, long trailer with long truck, short everything, etc. 5'ers react differently that trailers. A spotter is a great idea, and may stop you from placing a trailer wheel squarely into the steel fire pit ring one day. Just my .02 worth.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:54 PM   #72
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The following rules:
Place hands at bottom of steering wheel, then it goes where you want. I always try to back into a drivers side spot. Second you have two cell phones? then she calls you, you put on speaker then no yelling more relaxed and it works.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:28 PM   #73
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DW has absolutely no interest in driving my truck, trailer connected or not. Which suits me fine; it would stress me out too much to see someone else doing it, which leaves me to do all of the backing-in. I'm confident enough in my abilities that it goes pretty smoothly.

Last year we bought a cheap pair of Motorola walkie talkies. No more screaming back and forth, no misunderstood hand signals, nothing. I can back in well enough on my own, but it really helps to have an extra set of eyes at the back of the trailer to avoid "parking by feel". She tells me what's needed and I comply. If she needs me to come out and take a look, she just tells me; no more getting out half a dozen times to check the clearance. It makes things a lot less stressful. Likewise when we get home. The trailer is high enough that if I back in to the driveway too far, the ladder will hit the eaves. She tells me when to stop. Money well spent, IMHO.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:37 PM   #74
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DW has absolutely no interest in driving my truck, trailer connected or not. Which suits me fine; it would stress me out too much to see someone else doing it, which leaves me to do all of the backing-in. I'm confident enough in my abilities that it goes pretty smoothly.


Same here. Have had my current truck over 4 years now and she has never driven it. I have offered many times over the years. No interest.


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Old 09-12-2016, 07:45 AM   #75
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Same here. Have had my current truck over 4 years now and she has never driven it. I have offered many times over the years. No interest.
In our case the truck is my wife's daily driver, and she loves it. I do all the driving & backing when the TT is hitched, but she did insist on doing it once -- everything from hooking it up, driving it back home, and backing it up in front of our house. I gave her checklists and told her I wouldn't say anything at all unless I thought she was about to create a real safety problem or hit something. It was stressful for me to watch, but she did great, and now she has a plausible claim to being able to deal with the TT if for some reason I am unavailable.

My nefarious longer term plans seem to be working, as well. She was unsure about daily driving a pickup, and now she loves it. Just the other day she mentioned that the next pickup should be a super duty . Ding!
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Just this weekend, DW offered to drive us home from the CG. She never offers to drive, so I was ready to jump on this opportunity. I told her the first part of the drive was a bit technical (winding roads and lots of hills), and that if she wanted me to, I would get us out of that and into the flats, and we could switch out. We never stopped, so I drove us all the way home ...

I told her next trip (in two weeks), she's driving; I need a nap!
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In my mis-spent youth I drove a semi for a year. Now I don't have any qualms about backing the trailer. But the DW does get out with a cell phone to do the pin point final adjustments. Making sure the slide out is clear of obstructions and that the trailer is turned to the angle that she wants for the views out the windows. It works for us and no headaches.
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My DW is very good at spotting me at the campsite. We use hand signals and she tries to stay in view in the mirrors.
I asked her if she would like to drive sometime. "NO WAY" was her response. I said "What if I am sick and couldn't drive?" She said " Don't worry... I'll call a Taxi!"
I took that as a no.
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I like this thread. My wife has taken over every truck I've ever owned for her daily driver, leaving me with the econo-car (which I don't mind at all in the city). When I switched out our 250 diesel for the 150 ecoboost, I drove it for 3 days before she took that one over too. I love it. There's something pretty cool about a 100 lb vegetarian woman driving a 'mans' vehicle with authority that just turns me into butter. I am still the back seat driver when she's driving 'my truck'.. I can't help it, but she does just fine with it... 300K accident free miles on several trucks her friends cannot believe she actually drives. I just have to teach her how to back the TT in to our tight camping spots and it's all gravy from my perspective. I've decided though that next time I buy a truck, I'm not trading 'her's in. I want one too. If I'm lucky I'll get "my" F150 back in the process.

Edit, I don't get all the acronyms people use for their husbands / wives, whatever... I'll just call her my wife, and she can call me her husband it that's ok. SWMBO. DW DH, DWTF.. Spouse ok still?
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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.
I have that on my truck but I have not attempted to put it together because of the dual propane tanks. I thought they would get in the way of the camera that reads the stickers that are placed on the trailer. Did you have this problem? Will the dealership help install the system? I have no problem backing up but I would love to use this feature on my truck.

Thanks in advanced!o
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