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Old 10-19-2011, 01:52 PM   #15
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I retired from 30 years of semi's and what works for me is back in on the drivers side like bob said (the passenger side is much harder) and hand on the top of the steering wheel like donna said....... get into a parking lot and just practice backing up a straight line and what i did was while looking in the left/right mirrors and hand on top of the wheel is just turn the wheel in the direction that you want the "front" of the trailer to go..... then "follow thru" turning the wheel the opposite direction so it doesn't go into a jack position..... sort of backing up in a "S" position.
Everybody has their own way of doing it and no one way is best...... do what works for you. All these little hints will help but nothing replaces "practice"....
Once you get the hang of this then try looking in one mirror only and an occasional glance in the other mirror will help with the confusion of keeping it going straight while backing up.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #16
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Hi Laura,
These short-tongued campers that feel right up against your rear window, with no view of what's behind everything, can be very hard to back up. To learn, you might want to take a long, flatbed trailer to an empty parking lot to practice. Once you understand the mechanics of backing, and can do it with an "easy" trailer, you'll have better luck with something else. Longer tongues and wheels further from the tow vehicle are easier. I can back our boat trailer on a dime first try, the camper takes two tries (3 if someone "helps").
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:05 PM   #17
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I agree that practice is key.

Option 2 - is to drop your husband off at the bathroom, proceed to the site and try backing up a few times. Soon, a crowd will gather, so I just ask if someone is willing to back my camper in for me. So far it's worked everytime. Hopefully, the women won't be mad at me. I just can't seem to get my brain, my hand and my wheels in sync.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:04 PM   #18
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Hopefully, the women won't be mad at me. I just can't seem to get my brain, my hand and my wheels in sync.
Hey, whatever works for you is just fine. On the other hand, I refused to be defeated or embarrassed and kept at it until I have no problems. You too may have an a-ha moment!
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:10 PM   #19
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Anne H - I'll have to try that trick. It sounds like a good one.

The smaller the trailer in comparison to the tow vehicle the trickier backing up is. those 18-wheelers actually have it a heck of a lot easier! Us little egg-people are somewhat cursed, when it comes to backing up.

Seems no matter WHAT you do or how pretty the set-up is, once you start actually backing up the trailer gets a mind of its own and starts going in some seemingly random other direction. Gaaahhhh!!!!!!! It used to really frustrate me.

I consider myself "fair to good" at backing up... I can do it, and I've gotten much better with practice. And I've never hit anything! *knock on wood*

I use the "hand on bottom of wheel, turn the way you want trailer to go" trick.
I learned having a spotter behind me is really helpful, but only if they know to tell me WHERE the TRAILER needs to GO and they leave the figuring out of how to get it there to me.... (IE: don't tell me when or how to cut my wheels to right or left.)

I also had a few lessons from a trucker (Who seems incredulous that this little girl was actually trying to do this BY HERSELF all the time!) who taught me a method of switching back and forth between cutting the wheels left and right pretty severely, and pretty quick, but actually ends up keeping the trailer more stable in it's direction and I don't jackknife it.

I am not that good at physics, but it seems to work so that's what I do. *shrugs*
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:28 PM   #20
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Many truckers on this site (myself included) and it's really hard to explain in a letter how to do it but always try to back in on the drivers side.(it's easier) cut in and then follow thru quickly(keep an eye on that left side trailer tire where you want it to go).....seems like the steering tires are doing a constant "S"...... and with practice that "S" so to speak will become smaller but will never disappear completely. when you get too far into a jacknife position pull forward a little bit and then backup again....... it will take a few times of pulling up a little.....As for the spotter all they have to do is stay behind the trailer on the drivers side if they want to help and point with their thumbs to the left or the right where they want the rear of the trailer to go and how far back to come before i have to stop (I still prefer to do it by myself and get out and look every few feet in tight conditions unless you have a really good spotter) ..... I always wanted to be a driver and i remember as a little kid practicing with a toy tractor trailer..... you'd be surprised how that helps LOL
Don't give up practice, practice practice..... I knew many a girl to drive those big rigs. If they can do it so can you.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:00 AM   #21
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I know this sounds nuts but I find our 17 ft Egg Camper easier to back up than our 31 ft Kodiak. I guess it's because I can see it reacting quicker so I can correct quicker. I use the hand on the bottom of the wheel system.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:05 AM   #22
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I agree that practice is key.

Option 2 - is to drop your husband off at the bathroom, proceed to the site and try backing up a few times. Soon, a crowd will gather, so I just ask if someone is willing to back my camper in for me. So far it's worked everytime. Hopefully, the women won't be mad at me. I just can't seem to get my brain, my hand and my wheels in sync.
My wife had a good laugh over this one!
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