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Old 07-20-2017, 08:45 AM   #15
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There are getting to be a lot of us FG campers in Florida!
One close by park (relatively speaking) you might enjoy- camp at O'Leno SP near Gainesville, tube the Ichetucknee at Ichetucknee Spgs SP. Chance of rain is only 20% for the next 3 days.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:30 PM   #16
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One trailer backing tip:

If there was one tip I would offer, it would be this:
Try to do the entire back-up with the trailer in your left mirror.

You can almost always set your trailer up so that you are angled inward to the left, driver's side. That way your left hand mirror will have a lot of value, and your right mirror some value. You can also look back, out your window.

If you backup a trailer angled to the right, neither mirror has much value, nor does looking back.

OK, a second tip: GOAL. Before you start backing, Get Out And Look.

Pretty soon you will be ready for a semi-truck.
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:04 PM   #17
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Mark and Bettina,

You might consider the Casita A to Z owner's guide, available as a PDF download for $30. While it has a lot of information for beginners, I also still refer to mine two years after purchasing.

Other than that, you can read, read, and read every blog and forum post that you find interesting.

Under "trailer" on your profile, you can add the year and model of your trailer, and also information regarding your tow vehicle. This will help people key in on your specific units when you post questions about them online.

Good luck!
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:00 PM   #18
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I'd say the video is useful in general, as far as signaling and visibility goes, but backing up a bus is the same as a car, except for its size. A trailer is a totally different story. And there is also a subtle difference between backing up a 5th wheel and a bumper hitch trailer. It is a little like pushing a stick ahead of you on flat ground. Any amount of steering of the tow vehicle has a cumulative effect on the angle between those two vehicles, and ends up in jack-knifing if not reversed. This is the counterintuitive thing that took me a long time to get a feel for. So, look for more videos of backing up. There is a bunch of threads on the subject here.

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The video was to enlighten the person giving directions to the driver.
And, as for backing, the solution is the same, be it a bus or a trailer. When things start to go awry, stop and pull forward until TV and trailer are both straight. Start over and go slow.
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Old 07-22-2017, 01:49 PM   #20
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Backing a trailer, short video:

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