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Old 03-07-2015, 09:25 AM   #21
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And pull throughs do seem to be getting more popular but I like the back ins because they are usually cheaper.
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Back in sites are also usually more sheltered and private too, often around the outside of the campground. Most pull throughs tend to be right in the middle, and much less sheltered, though not all.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:19 AM   #22
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Even with instruction it takes time and practice. Every time I have gotten into trouble it's because I rushed. I've ended up in some really tough situations with my horse trailer but if I stay calm and think it through I can usually get out of any jam. I just don't haul enough to be great at backing I can do it but I'm a little slow still.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:12 AM   #23
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my thoughts on 'backing up' (after spending time yesterday practising) .....

Some people seem to have brains that work well in terms of spatial directions while some of us have brains that work waaayyyy better when dealing with theory, concepts and abstractions.

In my professional life I write and work with people not things. I tend to suck at trying to fix things around the house (Liz is the expert). However, I love tracking the argument of an author, thinking about his/her conceptual framework and predicting where the writer is going. I can learn how to get things done in the "physical" world but my strength is in the conceptual. (Liz says I use this line of reasoning to be lazy.)

One of the things I like about trailering is that it pushes me into an area outside my natural skill set. I don't expect to be one of the people that will back up like a pro .... but I am committed to learning and becoming better.

Of course there is crossover between types - I'm writing about natural skill sets. And some people seem to be wired to be great at both spatial/conceptual.

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Old 03-07-2015, 01:31 PM   #24
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While backing up if you want the trailer to go to the left, turn your steering wheel to the right, if you want it to go to right, turn your steering wheel to the left. Couldn't be any simpler, right?
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I still subscribe to the method where you hold the steering wheel at the bottom, with your palm facing up. If you want the trailer to go to the left, you move your hand ( and thus the wheel ) to your left.
It's the same as described by sunrisetrucker, but by holding the wheel at the bottom, it removes a wee bit of the thinking.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:46 PM   #26
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We go to a private camp ground in Oregon, narrow street and narrow spots at an angle, I have to work at hitting the angle just right but if the owner is around he comes out to protect his grass and can really help anyone by directing the turning of the steering wheel, it really does help and I have learned to listen to him, perfect every time. He does the same with the 40' units.
Now when we load an old car with the engine in the wrong end and it has to be backed onto our small tilt bed trailer I have Nancy drive and I give her directions relative to turning the steering wheel as the ramps and tracks are very narrow, also works great.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:17 PM   #27
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My neighbours kid me that they are afraid to watch me back onto my parking ramps.
I am happy about that because an audience makes backing that much more difficult.
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While backing up if you want the trailer to go to the left, turn your steering wheel to the right, if you want it to go to right, turn your steering wheel to the left. Couldn't be any simpler, right?

Of course as a left handed person at times I have trouble with the whole left right thing. I'll try to keep this advice in mind. I like Glen's advice the less thinking the better. Thanks
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I still subscribe to the method where you hold the steering wheel at the bottom, with your palm facing up. If you want the trailer to go to the left, you move your hand ( and thus the wheel ) to your left.
This is the method I use, that along with going slowly have served me well so far.
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Many ways of accomplishing the same thing. I keep both hands on the top of the wheel. Where my thumb points is the direction the trailer is going.
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