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Old 05-10-2016, 03:38 PM   #41
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I don't like to go by anyone's directions. I like to get out and look myself.
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:43 PM   #42
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I also like the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel method. Also when backing a long distance, the trailer never goes straight back, but more like a mild "S" curve. Biggest advice is go slow!
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:49 PM   #43
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The other problem, though, is that not being able to see where I'm going unnerves me more than I anticipated. Hopefully the rear view camera will ameliorate the situation.

or at least make it easier.....
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:59 PM   #44
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I don't like to go by anyone's directions. I like to get out and look myself.
Yep, and best to explore first without the trailer. However, when you are a few hours from home and moving into a new area it is kind of hard to unhook to go explore the new area. Best alternative would be to get out and walk a bit.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:27 PM   #45
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Outlet Mall Shopping!!!

Hi: All... On our way back home we stopped into Grove City Pa. at the outlet mall. Parked in the back 40 away from all the cars. Will be easy to get out Eh? Ha Ha... By 1pm. the lot was jammed and our rig was surrounded on all sides No one gave us an inch extra space. Well I got behind the wheel and just towed out like no one was there. Not a scratch or ding. Shows you can do it when needed to. Alf
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:32 PM   #46
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General Question; Is the 19 easier to back up than the 21? I'm finding that the 19 is the easiest trailer I've ever backed into spots with, but I've not pulled anything but Scamps and a 17B, and it's easier than all of those.QUOTE]

My view is that the greater the distance between between the ball and the trailer axle, the easier it is to back up. Much more forgiving.

I've had a short m/c trailer that was lethal to back up and long boat trailers that were a dream to back up.

On that basis I'd say the 21 might be a tiny bit easier to back up than a 19 but maybe not enough to even notice.

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The longer the trailer is and the shorter the tow vehicle is, the easier it is to backup. The reason is, that the longer the trailer is, the slower it turns and the shorter the tow vehicle is the quicker it turns.
(hope that makes sense)
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:47 PM   #47
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I also like the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel method. Biggest advice is go slow!
Many people put their hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, but if you really want to get proficient at backing up I would suggest you put your hand at the top of the wheel. Yes at first it will feel awkward but after you get use to it you'll find it more intuitive and allow you to react to over and under steering much quicker. If you get a chance to watch a professional driver backup you'll see that they start with there hands at the top. Well at least vast majority do.

And I totally agree with the go slow part.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:08 PM   #48
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As someone who sweats bullets every time I need to backup Ten Forward, my only suggestion is to tell you when things start going bad... STOP. Pull forward and start again. Because if things are heading south and you keep going... they won't get any better... promise.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:49 PM   #49
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Many people put their hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, but if you really want to get proficient at backing up I would suggest you put your hand at the top of the wheel. Yes at first it will feel awkward but after you get use to it you'll find it more intuitive and allow you to react to over and under steering much quicker. If you get a chance to watch a professional driver backup you'll see that they start with there hands at the top. Well at least vast majority do.

And I totally agree with the go slow part.
I completely agree, and have tried to stress this point before. Rather than relying on tricks which requires taking time to think about things, one should practice doing it properly so it becomes intuitive. Just like riding a bike, you don't think about the corrections you need to make, you just do them.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:52 PM   #50
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I completely agree, and have tried to stress this point before. Rather than relying on tricks which requires taking time to think about things, one should practice doing it properly so it becomes intuitive. Just like riding a bike, you don't think about the corrections you need to make, you just do them.
Sure - says the guy who pulls trailers all the time at work!
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