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Old 09-21-2018, 08:27 PM   #1
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Backing straight...

While taking my trailer (15) out of the garage for the first time I marked where the wheels hit the driveway on the way out, and put tape there (to be paint eventually.) Today I used those marks to put the trailer back.

Problem- I don't have a lot of room to straighten out the car/trailer combo. So I can line up with those marks for the trailer tire and still have the trailer go in at the wrong angle. I tried pulling out and backing as straight as I can but I still ended up with a slight angle in the garage (and unfortunately- angled the wrong way if I'm going to be angled.)

Any hints for backing absolutely straight? (And with the car in line with the trailer?) I can see that I'm not hitting the garage door opening but I can't really tell if the trailer is going straight back without getting out to look. I didn't end up off by too much but it took 3 or 4 tries to get it straight enough to allow access to the trailer inside the garage.
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:31 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:04 PM   #3
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The mark on the approach is a good idea. However sometimes a line on the floor where the trailer needs to set helps. I line up on the saw cut in the concrete and estimate how far away I’d like to be as well as watching the door frame. Your rear view mirror tipped slightly down so you can see the floor and the line will help. Go very slow and only make minor corrections with the steering wheel.
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The best thing is to pull forward straight first. With your lines( good idea ) lay a hockey stick or broom handle down on the drivers side visible from rear view mirror lined up with your lines . I use that trick when backing into a camp spot solo . Works for me , some times I use 2 pieces of fire wood or rocks.
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I have 3 pieces of 1 inch Schedule 20 PVC pipe that I line up aligned with one side of the garage as an extension of my path into the garage as I have to make a 90 degree turn to back in. I also have a rear view camera with a target mounted in the center of the back garage wall.



The pipes let me line up on my path, then I use the rear view camera to back in, keeping the target centered in the monitor. Once you run over the pipes a few times they get kinda flat and stay in place even better.....



As a stop gauge I mounted a garage door safety sensor so the beam goes sideways across the garage. It's wired to be ON if the trailer isn't blocking it. When it turns OFF I stop.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:53 PM   #6
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The mark on the approach is a good idea. However sometimes a line on the floor where the trailer needs to set helps. I line up on the saw cut in the concrete and estimate how far away I’d like to be as well as watching the door frame. Your rear view mirror tipped slightly down so you can see the floor and the line will help. Go very slow and only make minor corrections with the steering wheel.
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I can't see into the garage to where the wheels are going. Otherwise that's basically what I did- I'm just not getting the car-trailer combo perfectly straight as I back so the trailer is entering the garage at a slight angle. Maybe I can extend the lines further out to make sure I am straight at that point.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:58 PM   #7
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I have 3 pieces of 1 inch Schedule 20 PVC pipe that I line up aligned with one side of the garage as an extension of my path into the garage as I have to make a 90 degree turn to back in. I also have a rear view camera with a target mounted in the center of the back garage wall.



The pipes let me line up on my path, then I use the rear view camera to back in, keeping the target centered in the monitor. Once you run over the pipes a few times they get kinda flat and stay in place even better.....



As a stop gauge I mounted a garage door safety sensor so the beam goes sideways across the garage. It's wired to be ON if the trailer isn't blocking it. When it turns OFF I stop.
Happily my 90 degree turn is at the other end of a 35 or so foot driveway. I'm just not ending up straight enough. I like the rear view camera idea but currently don't have one. I figure I can mark a line where the car needs to end up.

At least I haven't (yet) hit the garage door trim or worse, the new doors.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:00 AM   #8
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The best thing is to pull forward straight first. With your lines( good idea ) lay a hockey stick or broom handle down on the drivers side visible from rear view mirror lined up with your lines . I use that trick when backing into a camp spot solo . Works for me , some times I use 2 pieces of fire wood or rocks.
I tried that- several times- but still did not end up exactly right. The problem was having to make tiny corrections to get between the lines and then the car wheels aren't straight so the trailer goes in at an angle.

I don't get the hockey stick, though, wouldn't I just run over it? Extending the lines further out may work, though.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:21 AM   #9
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I think it may have been someone over on the FiberglassRV forum that pulled their tow vehicle and camper straight forward, then placed an adhesive dot on his tow vehicle's rear window and another on the front of his camper in perfect alignment when looking through his interior rear view mirror (maybe a small dot on the mirror too). When backing, he'd get things lined up straight with the dots aligned, then while backing, as long as he kept the dots aligned, he knew he was backing straight back. Or something like that....
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:34 AM   #10
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How about a trailer dolly? a couple folks use the self powered ones. Something like this one. https://parkit360.ca/
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