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Old 02-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #29
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Milissa--One other thing I forgot to mention is that I also put an 8' 2x4 in the garage where the wheels will stop. It is an extra stopping measure so I don't blast thru the back wall into my bedroom. Since moving the Scamp myself is a bit strenuous, and I'm the only brake.
No, I do not have a spotter backing up. I use the taillight on my backwindow and "point" it towards the tongue jack. My biggest problem is estimating the distance. Once I get it to within 1-2 feet, I draw a line in the dirt with my heel or driveway with chalk where I estimate the drivers door should be. I have to stop and hop out to check 3 or 4 times, but I get there.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:54 AM   #30
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Oh I like that draw a line in the dirt idea too! Folks probably think I've got ants in my pants backing with the driver door open and hopping out every few inches, LOL!
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #31
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Oh I like that draw a line in the dirt idea too!
I do something similar at the END of camping when the trailer is backed onto it's pad. My tug at the point is on the lawn and once I get the trailer where it needs to be, before I unhook, I drive a stake into the ground at my shoulder area. I do this so when I go to hookup the next time, I'll at least be within a few inches of hooking up! Doesn't help with the left/right over the ball stuff, but at least I'm not a couple of feet to far out either . Heck, I look at getting in and out of the tug to check the mounts to be part of a good exercise routine! That's my story and I'm sticking to it
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:23 AM   #32
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A larger diameter wheel with a wider tire would roll over obstacles best, but would use up some of your height adjustment. I would imagine most trailer jacks are bent from hitting the ground while the tv is pulling them. If you have to spin your trailer 180 degrees be careful of sloping terrain, or you could see your rig roll downhill and take off without you! Good video footage for sure.
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If you lower your jack before moving it will lessen the bending forces applied to the jack when hitting rocks or going into divits.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #33
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LOL, well Russ that is where our hand brake comes in REAL handy, dont ask me how I know!
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:54 AM   #34
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I tried a rear backup camera mounted top of lic plate, works great, only you have to wait for camera to activate each time you select reverse. Better it you have a switch on/off and don't hookup to reverse activated. This can put you right on the ball.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:51 PM   #35
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Here's what I use when I back up to the trailer ball. Works very well in lining things up easily.

I got mine at Harbor Freight.
Trailer Alignment Kit - Magnetic Trailer Alignment Kit
Now, all I need to learn is how to back up into campsites with the trailer attached!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #36
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Magnetic alignment kit, the yellow balls on telescoping poles. Got mine at etrailer but I've seen them in a store, maybe it was Tractor Supply. Keeps from jamming the trailer tongue into the back of the car. When I was still working on trucks, one of the many company rules was "GOAL", Get Out And Look!!
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