Originally Posted by thrifty bill
I have an extremely difficult backing problem in my back yard as well. My solution is to use my Honda Element to back the trailer into the carport. The Element has a much shorter wheelbase which makes backing in so much easier.
My other choice would be to tear up my backyard and make the driveway much better suited for backing. That would require hauling off many, many loads of dirt, and make the yard look more like a used car lot.
If I had more room, then a longer receiver would be a good solution.
I have considered mounting a front hitch receiver on the JGC. While Curt offers a front-mount receiver kit, I'm considering having something custom fabricated to mount where the passenger-side front tow hook is bolted on.
I have seen front hitches mounted this way and they provide great visibility if you can accommodate the extra width of the tow and trailer being offset like that. In our case, this would be a good fit with the particular maneuvers that I need to make when storing ours.
Edit: Oh, and we consider the Escape
front storage box invaluable. It provides a separate for all the chocks, blocks and tow gear along with various dirty and/or wet things. Momma likes that.