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Old 05-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #11
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I think driving lessons are a great idea. I wish we would have taken them when we picked up our 17b. I am tempted to see if I can't find a similar service here.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting the hand signals video, Paul/Janet. We had not seen those before on YouTube. And Brent/Cheryl, if you pick up tips you didn't expect, we're sure the rest of us could benefit from seeing those as well. What a great idea to get professional instruction.

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Old 05-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #13
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That's not a serious lack of machismo, it's a serious presence of brainpower. Plus, you have the courage to admit what you don't know.

I once watched a guy in a big rv take out the front of a pickup. His rear swung out on a sharp turn and it came into the campsite the pickup was parked in. The investigating officer measured how far the pickup was from the edge of the road and determined it was well within the site. I'll bet the driver of that rig wished he had gotten some training and practice.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:46 PM   #14
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I had two friends teach me - first with my bumper pull horse trailer and then the gooseneck . But something's I had to learn the hard way I'm just too impatient. I've found when I need to back out of a sticky situation I need to take it slow I can get out of most situations but sometimes it takes a long time. I think taking a lesson or two is a great idea.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:08 PM   #15
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Hope they teach you how to avoid those boulders that BC Parks places in campsites to protect assets ( like the picnic table ). They only stand proud by a couple of feet and are hard to see as the front of the tow vehicle swings to manoeuvre the trailer into position.
Haven't hit one yet, but I've sure come close.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:13 PM   #16
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Unbusy parking lots are great for practice, usually on weekends at some business. Use books and lay out a course or campsite pattern to conquer.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:19 PM   #17
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I have hit one of the camp ground boulders in WA took my pickup truck step off - as I said sometimes I get impatient
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:30 PM   #18
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Somehow, you have to keep an eye on the rear of the trailer in the mirrors and keep another eye on the right front fender of the tow, which obstructs your view of the boulder.
That's where hand signals don't work as well as somebody shouting STOP!
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:36 PM   #19
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Wish I had that person yelling stop! But when you are tired and solo sometimes you get careless.
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Observations of a towing Newbie .....

So a bit about me/us ... prior to owning our 21, I had no prior towing experience.

I watched as much YouTube videos and how to's as I could find. I became an rabid reader of this forum, researched break controllers and weight distribution hitches. I even went to a local equipment rental place and rented a 10 ft box trailer for the day and took it to a empty parking lot and practices backing up and maneuvering.

Our trailer is stored at the end of a very long driveway (~30-40 yards). Needless to say being able to back up and control the trailer was very much top of my mind.

We have now taken out twice, backed into both camp spots and returned home requiring the same maneuvers. The longer wheel base of the 21 IMHO allows for easier control and adjustment while backing (compared to the 10ft. rental).

By far the Best advise I got was from SallyP, "To back up straight, keep your head still and watch your mirrors. Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the mirror that you see your trailer in."

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