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Old 09-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #29
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It just takes practice and observation of what causes what to happen.
Even seasoned truck drivers can have a bad day.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:56 AM   #30
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Easy way to remember is to hold the bottom of the steering wheel with your palm down. If you want the trailer to go left backing up; move the steering wheel to the left. If you want the trailer to go right move the steering wheel to the right.
Wow, I didn't know that.

As a teenager I drove a tractor on the farm and got used to backing a trailer. It has been so many years that I have forgotten how. Plus, I think I looked over my shoulder when backing the tractor trailer. Now I have to use my mirrors.

This will make things so much easier to relearn.

Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #31
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The hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and moving it in the direction you want the trailer to go was for me the best tip I was ever given! Also starting out slow and making small adjustments to the steering wheel well before it goes to far.

The other big tip that helped me a lot when backing into a narrow entrance is The SCOOP. Until I learned to do The Scoop getting a trailer into a narrow entrance was something to be dreaded. I actually managed to use this method to get backed into a downtown Portland parking lot on the last Friday night before Christmas a few years ago to get some last minute shopping done. Still cant believe I was lucky enough to find a lot with two spots open end to end to do it let alone not hitting anything while doing it! What was I thinking! LOL
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:06 PM   #32
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I hadn't heard about the steering wheel thing until this forum, either. I prefer doing it from the top of the wheel for more maneuverability, but see how the bottom would be easier to learn on.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:16 PM   #33
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On top it is turning opposite to the way you want the trailer to turn.
On the bottom it gives the illusion that you are turning the wheel the
same direction you want the trailer to turn.

Top = left is right
Bottom = (seems) right (although it's left) is right

As Lucy says in "the long long trailer"
I said, "turn left [right] here"..........LOL
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:46 PM   #34
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I'm one of those "old" people, I never turn my head to look out the windows, I just use my mirrors

When folks say back up slow. They mean REALLY SLOW. If things start to go bad, they won't get any better if you keep going. Just STOP... move ahead a bit and try again.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:36 PM   #35
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hi Pam

Hello Pam. I tried to reply to your email a few times, but my messages always returned
to sender. Hope you and yours are doing great and having a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The girl friend thing did not work out, that's the way it goes. I hope its OK for me to write,
would like to hear from ya, however if not I understand and respectfully wish you the very best. Take care,
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Old 11-27-2014, 04:14 PM   #36
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Hello Pam. I tried to reply to your email a few times, but my messages always returned
to sender. Hope you and yours are doing great and having a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The girl friend thing did not work out, that's the way it goes. I hope its OK for me to write,
would like to hear from ya, however if not I understand and respectfully wish you the very best. Take care,
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Jerry, if you're talking to Pam, the OP... you may never hear from her. It's been a while since she's be online at FiberglassRV: Last Activity: 02-19-2014 11:01 PM
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:36 PM   #37
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Welcome to the group, get a buddy if needed to help if the site is tight
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:01 AM   #38
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Thank you Borden. I enjoyed some camping trips this summer, and I did have to get some help. I've found most campers to be very willing to offer their assistance and/or advice, and I was very grateful. Someone gave me a tip that I hope to try in the spring. The suggestion was that I haul my camper to a campground before it is officially open, and practice backing in to some of the sites. I would need to check with the campground owners first, but I like the idea of practicing with no one else around.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:10 AM   #39
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I just ordered a chevy pickup truck but my Egg camper is rather low. Is there a hitch that a tall truck can pull an egg with?
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I just ordered a chevy pickup truck but my Egg camper is rather low. Is there a hitch that a tall truck can pull an egg with?
Measure the hitch height on the trailer with the trailer level. Measure the receiver height on the truck, subtract the trailer hitch height from the receiver hitch height, then go to etrailer.com and purchase the correct drop ball mount.

Not difficult.
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Thanks so much. So you think it might work?
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:25 AM   #42
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Etrailer also sells adjustable height hitch set ups, that way if you change trailers or tow vehicles you will always have the correct one.
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