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Old 06-04-2014, 03:13 PM   #15
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hello. you don't use the mirrors when you are "pushing". you are looking " at " the trailer. if the receiver is mounted in the middle you " do need " a second person or as you say you are looking at "the expanse" with no help in identifying an obstacle. When the receiver is offset to either side and sometimes they are mounted on both sides, one on the right one on the left, then you are looking down the side of the trailer and hopefully where you might " be tight ".
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:41 PM   #16
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Front receiver? Kinda difficult to use your mirrors, which are optimally placed for backing, when you are facing the white expanse of the front of the trailer.
Easy Peasy

You put a set of forward facing mirrors near your rear wheels and then turn around in the seat like you are backing up so you can see the mirrors and the trailer connected to the front of your vehicle. It's gives us a new term, "PV" for Push Vehicle"

But, I can't say that I have ever seen any one do that, (front receivers that is) not even at some of the Airstream events I used to frequent.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:44 PM   #17
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I do see front mounted hitches on pickups now and again, probably used to park boats ect at home. We had many trailers at my old company that we moved around with a forklift. When pushing them you still have to start the trailers turn by turning opposite with the fork and then chase it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:51 PM   #18
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I just the other day told a bud that I was ashamed of this old farm boys backing ability with my new/old Scamp. Good thing it is light enough I can muscle it around once I get it close.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #19
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Don't imagine front receiver(s) would be practical (or even possible?) for the modern unibody TVs that are increasingly the norm in the FGRV universe. Seems like we're making a mountain out a molehill here! We're not running an RV lot (David being the possible exception…LOL).
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:56 PM   #20
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As has been suggested, put your hands at the bottom of wheel and use left hand for left turn and right hand for right turn. And practice and practice, using side mirrors.

I'm an'older lady' who had never towed in my life bf my Trillium. Some kind person told me this and every time I back it gets more perfect.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:10 PM   #21
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hello. you don't use the mirrors when you are "pushing". you are looking " at " the trailer.

Precisely.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:39 PM   #22
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unibody ! aahk ! have never owned one so can't say. have looked at some, but body on frame is my preference, despite the mileage. they do put receivers on the back of unibodies, don't they ? Isn't the front more reinforced due to the engine, trans etc anyways just throwing out a tried and true method for some. Probably you don't see them due to cost. It justifies that nasty word "custom". I guess on the unibodies ground clearance might be an issue. ".
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #23
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Well personally rather than spending a bunch of money on having a receiver mounted in three spots on the front of my tug I think I might just spend the money on having someone teach me how to back up a trailer.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:35 PM   #24
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I have used trailer ball mounted to the front of my Bronco to move stuff and it makes it easy. But with an egg trailer it is right in your face and totally blocks your view. With allot of modern cars you could adapt front tow mounts that motor homers use on their tag alongs. One big issue with pushing with a front end on modern cars is the use of air bags. you don't want those going off.
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Well personally rather than spending a bunch of money on having a receiver mounted in three spots on the front of my tug I think I might just spend the money on having someone teach me how to back up a trailer.
I'll teach anyone that comes to my house with their TV, Trailer and a container of beverage (for after school) how to back up in about 15 minutes, and I've got a nice long uphill driveway to practice on.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:37 PM   #26
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We're not running an RV lot (David being the possible exception…LOL).
Me?

BTW, this is one of the reasons for the impulse drive:
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:47 PM   #27
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It just takes some practice... no matter WHAT works for you or others. Go slow, slow, slow and when things start going bad.. STOP. Continuing on the same path won't improve things. Pull forward a bit and start again.

You'll get it.. no one is born with the perfect-backing-spoon in their mouth, I PROMISE YOU!
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:17 AM   #28
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I've got 5 trailers and the worst ones for backing are the smallest. I have had a lot of practice, my driver I had in 03 in Iraq told me he could not back up a trailer... so I gave him a substantial amount of training. I had him backing the Sqd. Trailer around a block and around parking lot. I was being cussed at a lot by him but afterwards he didn't have any problems doing it. I learned about the same way. Hay wagons and then in Army M35 2 1/2 truck and various trailers one of the worst ones was a water trailer,short, heavy (500 gallons water) and not visible in mirrors.
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