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Old 06-15-2011, 12:31 PM   #29
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LOL... We rarely had the chance. Most times when we're backing up a big rig there is no one around. Even if there were, most understand, we probably know what we're doing and don't dare try to 'assist' us. There are so many blind spots. Of course, there are always going to be those that think they can do a better job backing up a trailer... and most of those have never done it themselves.. LOL
My MIL was legally blind, wore dark sunglasses and used a white cane but did have very limited vision. As she was walking with family along the sidewalk, a man was trying to back his car into a parallel parking spot. She stepped out to the back of his car, hung her white cane on her arm, and directed him to back into the spot. Not sure what he thought...

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I prefer the get within 20 feet of where I want the Scamp & then unhook from hitch & move by muscle method.
What I was thinkin' but I didn't want to say it
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:35 PM   #30
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carol---thanks, i will try your directions. i have backed up our utility trailer a number of times....successfully, albeit after a number of attempts. but i haven't yet given our outback a "go"....but i think i might just break down and learn how---because i might just be needing to do it one day if we ever have an emergency and i sure don't want to be fiddling around like a fool then. ....wish me luck!!
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #31
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Carol, ditto what Theresa says ... Thanks for the encouragement!
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carol---thanks, i will try your directions. i have backed up our utility trailer a number of times....successfully, albeit after a number of attempts. but i haven't yet given our outback a "go"....but i think i might just break down and learn how---because i might just be needing to do it one day if we ever have an emergency and i sure don't want to be fiddling around like a fool then. ....wish me luck!!
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:50 PM   #32
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Is this how you professionals do it???
YouTube - ‪THE SCOOP: How to Back up a Towable RV‬‏
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:45 AM   #33
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Just a thought here. My father taught me how to back up when I was 13 or so. I have never had too much trouble doing it unless someone is directing me. I always use my side mirrors to back up. If you look out the back window then switch to the mirrors if find mistakes are made. Of course many of the vehicles I have towed with didn't have back windows as my current one doesn't so there was no option. Now it it habit and I usually don't have to think to much about what I am doing.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:15 PM   #34
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Carol, ditto what Theresa says ... Thanks for the encouragement!
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Maggie & Theresa - go for it! I encourage everone who travels with a partner who normally does all the hook-ups and towing that they really should take the time to learn how to do it all themselves.

We had a fellow admitted to hospital (serious health problem) during one of our trailer meets and although they had owned the trailer for years his wife had never hooked up or towed the trailer herself. Those that know the couple hooked up the trailer and one drove her and the trailer home. Had she been at a campground far from home that would not have happened. Had they been at a campground where they did not know people - I am sure that having as stranger hook up and drive her truck and trailer anywhere would have added a whole lot more stress to what was already a stressful situation for her. She has since made a point of learning how to tow the trailer - in fact her partner makes her do it often.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:18 AM   #35
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we took a mini vacation this month and I just used the trailer dolly I got at HF to move the trailer around, and through a 8ft gate, piece of cake. But I did need two boy power to move over a patch of soft sand.
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okay.....we are leaving in the morning for halifax (going to attend the tattoo) and i FULLY INTEND to do some backing-up/backing-in practicing while away! i have psyched myself up for it...i'll report back on how i make out.
wish me luck!
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:49 PM   #37
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #38
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My wife gave me a wireless back-up camera on a license plate frame a year or so ago for Christmas. The angle of the frame on our VW Eurovan gives me a picture at a slight angle upwards, so I can't see the hitch directly. However, I supplement the camera with the telescoping yellow balls (available at Cabela's, Camping World WalMart, etc.) and I can get the ball to within about 1-2 inches of the hitch coupling every time. I line up the stems on the extended yellow balls until they are in line and just about touching.

As to other backing (like into a camping spot), the wireless signal was right at the limit of its strength if I put the camera/frame on the trailer license plate. That's why I put the camera on the TV rather than the trailer. I scout out the spot and pick out an end reference point (water hookup, tree, picnic table, etc.) and just stay with it in sight as I go back.
I do the same exact thing as you, Keven: Back up camera on my TV, Yellow, telescoping alignment balls. I've added an hitch/ball connector from Durasafe Coupler Connect - Trailer Hook-Ups Made Easy which makes it much easier when I am solo (which is pretty much all the time).

However, when it comes to backing the trailer into our driveway or a parking space of some sort, I'm in trouble. I simply cannot back into anything with one complete movement: I have to plan it, and constantly move forward and backwards in small incremental steps. It is sometimes helpful for someone to guide my trailer, but I've found few "helpers" who understand how to back into a space.

I saw Melissab's video right after I got the trailer, and use that method when backing into our driveway, But it still takes me 20 minutes on a good day. I'm sure if I got to some empty Office parking lot and practice backing for several Sundays, I may figure it all out. But ... I never seem to think about that.

BTW, if you constantly look at online coupons for Harbor Freight, you'll eventually find the yellow balls on sale for $9.99.
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The tapered plastic rods from Camping World (and others) operate on the same principle as the telescoping rods and tennis balls from ChinaMart, HF, etc. They are considerably sturdier imo.

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The tapered plastic rods from Camping World (and others) operate on the same principle as the telescoping rods and tennis balls from ChinaMart, HF, etc. They are considerably sturdier imo.

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you may be right. My tennis balls separate from their magnet feet rather easily.
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BTW, if you constantly look at online coupons for Harbor Freight, you'll eventually find the yellow balls on sale for $9.99.
This month HF sale flyer has them for $7.99. The best price I've ever seen on them. Well worth even the $19.99 regular price.
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you may be right. My tennis balls separate from their magnet feet rather easily.
I've had the ball come off the rod, but a dab of silicone worked to fasten it back on. So far the rods have stayed on the magnet feet, but a little epoxy should fix that problem if it ever happens.
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