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Old 05-19-2014, 12:18 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. We aren't doing this until mid-September, but will post a report in this thread or a new one after the lesson.

For those who asked, Valley quoted $85 per hour for instruction. Here's a link to their web page: About Us - Greater Vancouver/Surrey/Abbotsford

Google says they are one minute away from Escape Trailer Industries on Industrial Way in Chilliwack.
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:37 PM   #22
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My wife and I had the same idea and did it. We used the Euro Driving School which is located in Surrey B.C. The instructor met us at ETI after our morning orientation. He spent the rest of the day with us, with us taking turns pulling the trailer and backing it and parking it. Attila is a great and patient teacher and it was well worth the $300 dollars for us both. He can be reached at 604-809-3876.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:08 PM   #23
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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."
Great advise. Most definitely use the mirrors, and do not turn your body around....ever!!

I have reversed thousands of times, and never actually thought of the idea of turning the steering wheel towards the mirror you see the trailer in to straighten out. I could see that being helpful for inexperienced towers. Great idea, and encourages proper use of mirrors. A way better idea than a few other 'tricks' that I have heard suggested.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:48 AM   #24
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In my opinion, you don't need to pick up very much to make it worth the time or expense.

After riding motorcycles for >40 years, I recently took a pair of motorcycle courses. It was quite embarrassing to find out how much I was doing wrong.

I like the idea of taking the class with my wife, though I'd probably do it locally.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:14 PM   #25
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Backing anything takes practice, I see the driver's ed cars in my neighborhood teaching kids how to back around a corner every day. As others have said earlier good communication and clear signals are a must.

One of the most useful tools to backing I learned about in the Air Force backing large helicopters into small hangers, flashlights with 12" long orange tubes on the ends. They are visible in the daytime as well as night. The orange tube is more visible to the tug operator than a bare hand is.

I also think training in backing a trailer is a very wise investment in your confidence and competence. Kudos.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:25 PM   #26
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Frankly, I think everyone who tows a trailer should learn to back it up and get it into a site or space without ANY help.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:29 PM   #27
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As a road biker, one of the things I fear most is seeing a trailer, or worse, a rental RV bearing down on me along with oncoming traffic. I wouldn't mind if training for hauling a trailer or an RV was mandatory.
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:50 PM   #28
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I have to agree. I biked across the U.S. From Astoria, Or. To Bar Harbor, ME. As you would expect, lots of logging trucks, grain trucks, etc. But the only really close call came from a large(35-40') motor home pulling a matching trailer that was large enough to contain an SUV(and probably did). The professional drivers were pretty courteous, and while they didn't always leave a lot of room, it was obvious that they understood how large their vehicles were and there was enough room for all parties on the road. But my impression is that a few of the RV drivers were either new to this, or drove their RV only occasionally and didn't have an appreciation of how far their mirrors stuck out.

I also feel compelled to mention there are a few cyclists who could use the safe cycling course from the League of American Bicyclists.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:03 PM   #29
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...But my impression is that a few of the RV drivers were either new to this, or drove their RV only occasionally and didn't have an appreciation of how far their mirrors stuck out.
I agree - this is a common issue for drivers of all sorts of RVs. In a way, Class A motorhomes are not as bad as smaller vehicles towing trailers, because with a trailer its easy to forget how wider the trailer is compared to the tug.
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Valley Driving school

Did anyone end up doing this? If so was it worthwhile?

Which did you take:
RV Towing
or Trailer towing

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