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Old 06-12-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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I've always been told that the longer a trailer is, the easier it is to back up because it reacts more slowly to a direction change. We have a 31 ft Kodiak and now a 17 ft Egg Camper. I find the Egg Camper to be both faster and easier to back it into wherever I want it. I find the faster reaction a lot easier. I guess different strokes for different folks.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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IMHO longer is easier to back up IF you need to go (back) long way on a straight or gentle curves.
Shorter is MUCH more manoeuvrable and that helps to negotiate sharp turns BUT only for the people who know how to back up. For many, it will be easier to learn with a long trailer and for others, backing up will forever remain a mystery ...
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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I have a portable welder that is a PIA to back up. Its only about 8 feet long. My 17' boat trailer is the easiest. Dual axles I find really slow the reaction down over single axles.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:29 PM   #4
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Amplitude of steering correction has everything to do with the difficulties of backing a short utility trailer and a damn good recon of the space you want to put it in and the ability to recognize that space filled with a large opaque object as a mirror image has everything to do with the difficulties of backing a big chunk of white plastic. Mostly I think backing is simplified if you treat the rear of your trailer as you would the rear of vehicle when backing into parallel parking--to wit-- while still moving forward get the aft end in the same relationship to the place of repose every time and the moves to back it in will be the same everytime. Certainly complicated by narrow streets and narrower driveways where corners can't be cut. Also something strange about a coupler pivot aft of the rear axle of the TV.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:06 PM   #5
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Amplitude of steering correction ...... recognize that space filled with a large opaque object ... image has everything to do with the difficulties ...... while still moving forward get the aft end ... complicated by narrow ... coupler pivot aft ...
To be honest... backing up with a trailer is easy for me. Well, make it "was". It was to the moment I read your post. Now, I'm so confused that I'll be scared to do it
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
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hehe dont you luv it when people helping you back up make it harder than it should be! I always make a mess of it when I have people telling me to turn my wheels this way or that way and I actually listen to them.

Simple rule for me is to put your hand on the bottom half of the wheel and move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to go.
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Mostly I think backing is simplified if you treat the rear of your trailer as you would the rear of vehicle when backing into parallel parking--to wit-- while still moving forward get the aft end in the same relationship to the place of repose every time and the moves to back it in will be the same everytime. Certainly complicated by narrow streets and narrower driveways where corners can't be cut. Also something strange about a coupler pivot aft of the rear axle of the TV.
I'm with Andrew!
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:11 PM   #8
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You girls need to get over yourselves!

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Old 06-13-2011, 06:38 PM   #9
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I probably would get...oh 30 miles to the gallon with my truck, but backing up, pulling forward, backing up, pulling forward when trying to park or hitch up makes the MPG go way down That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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There is a rule of thumb that the difficulty you have backing up a trailer is in direct proportion to the number of people who are watching you do it.

Pulling into a horse show with a bunch of people around and trying to wedge my trailer into a giant available space? Impossible.

Parallel parking the Burro into my 20 foot spot at the storage facility where nobody's ever around? Piece of cake!
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Wink I do it s-l-o-w-l-y

I do pretty well backing the Fiber Stream, but I cannot "think" about doing it; I gotta "feel" it... and ... become one with the trailer.

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:08 AM   #12
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A couple of thoughts

1. A longer trailer with a short-wheelbase TV is the easiest - think semi. My brother could back his semi trailer through the eye of a needle. I towed with a full size blazer for a while and could a longer trailer (27' - 35') just about anywhere.

2. Helpers - it depends on who they are. My wife cannot talk me into a tight spot, or even a large one. But, I can talk her in without a problem. So when we get to a spot, we often switch drivers. Helps keep peace in the family for the rest of the evening.

BTW, she took a class for launching boats which included backing.
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hehe dont you luv it when people helping you back up make it harder than it should be! .
I'm with you Carol! I hate it when someone tells me HOW to back up (especially when that person doesn't even know how to back trailers). I've been backing trailers almost as long as I've had my driver's license, with the Scamp I simply need a second set of eyes. Does anyone have a recommendation for a back-up camera on the trailer (or any other device)?
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I'm with you Carol! I hate it when someone tells me HOW to back up (especially when that person doesn't even know how to back trailers). I've been backing trailers almost as long as I've had my driver's license, with the Scamp I simply need a second set of eyes. Does anyone have a recommendation for a back-up camera on the trailer (or any other device)?
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.
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