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Old 05-30-2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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There's an app for that.....or not

I see the commercials for the new cars that park themselves. It makes me wonder if there could be an app or computer program that would teach a knucklehead like me to back a trailer into a campsite. I guess that is why they have pull through sites. When the new trailer is ready I will practice but I have my doubts. I guess there is not an app for everything
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:31 AM   #2
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I have towed and parked trailers for 50 yrs. Also taught my employees how to do it.
A few suggestions:

1. start out with the truck/trailer straight and lined up as close as possible.
2. when backing up do not turn the steering wheel too much.
3. if the trailer gets crooked stop and straighten it out going forward.
4. retry backing again but do not turn the wheel too much.
5. keep doing that and eventually you will get it in place.
6. use your mirrors to look back, don't "swivel neck" over your shoulder to look
7. be patient, practice in a mall lot or in a dirt field. It will come for you

At work in the oilfield I had to round up two trailers every morning. I would hitch one on the back and one on the front and push it down the road to where I needed to go, usually a 1/4 mile or so. One gets pretty good at that after 25 yrs.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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When backing with a trailer hold the wheel at the bottom.. if you want the trailer to go right turn the wheel right to go left turn the wheel left. Go slow small movements make big changes..
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