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Old 02-11-2017, 11:06 PM   #41
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My tractor pulls my 21 up my driveway fine; it probably a 7 degree slope - and the tractor is probably around 1500 pounds.

I'd park a truck/car at the top of the grade and give it a try using chains if you can borrow some; can always return the hitch easy on Amazon if it doesn't work.
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Old 02-12-2017, 01:56 AM   #42
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I have a similar situation: a curving driveway uphill. And the fence posts for the gate are right where I need to swing the front end of my truck wide to position my trailer next to the fence. In my case, the top of the driveway flattens out a bit. So I use my truck to get it up the slope, then the Trailer Valet dolly to jack it back and forth to ease the trailer next to the fence. It is a pain, but it works. I do have to be careful not to let the trailer get too far downhill or the dolly does not have enough traction to overcome the slope. That happened once and I ended up using a come along winch attached to the back receiver hitch to get it back up the slope.

Oh, and I'm a former transit operator. I used to back up 60' articulated buses so sometimes it is the situation, not your skill level. Sounds to me like your skills are just fine. You just have a really challenging situation.
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:08 AM   #43
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This would be me now. Hopefully not next month after my driving and backing up lessons with the trailer.

When backing up our Escape, my wife starts to sell tickets. She makes lots of money because it is a long show.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:01 AM   #44
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Thanks for asking. BTW, I'm not reading any of the instructions on how to back as I'm just waiting for the lessons to see what happens.

I'm taking them through RV Driving School. They offer two 4 hour lessons, one per day. They feel that works for not getting the lessonee (new word for the day, I think) overwhelmed. Plus, you can come back the second day and get more instruction, if you need it, on something from the first day.

I also got training from the RV Driving School. It's not cheap, but was well work the cost. And when training two people at the same time, the cost for the second person is minimal.

I learned a lot, the biggest items being 1) you can't go too slow and 2) learning the backing characteristics unique to my TV-trailer combination. Using max steer (wheel turned all the way) I back until I see a specific part on my trailer in the side view mirror. Then I max steer the other way to straighten. Going to that benchmark results in the sharpest turn possible. Going past that benchmark means I can never straighten without pulling forward.

I enjoyed the training and got a lot of confidence from it. As a complete noobee I needed all the confidence I could get.

I highly recommend this training. I told my son (age 35) he can borrow my TV & trailer, but only after he takes that training.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:16 PM   #45
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I also got training from the RV Driving School. It's not cheap, but was well work the cost.
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I enjoyed the training and got a lot of confidence from it. As a complete noobee I needed all the confidence I could get.

I highly recommend this training. I told my son (age 35) he can borrow my TV & trailer, but only after he takes that training.
Hey Rich, thanks for posting this. Makes me feel even better about getting the lessons. I've backed a small enclosed trailer, but wasn't very good at it and that was years ago. Plus, it's small enough that if I didn't get it right, I could just unhitch and shove it wherever I needed it. Can't do that with this trailer!
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Also if the situation allows don't be afraid to unhook and reposition the vehicle for a final adjustment.
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Hey Rich, thanks for posting this. Makes me feel even better about getting the lessons. I've backed a small enclosed trailer, but wasn't very good at it and that was years ago. Plus, it's small enough that if I didn't get it right, I could just unhitch and shove it wherever I needed it. Can't do that with this trailer!
Hi Laura you made a wise decision ! You are going to do fine ! Pat
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Also if the situation allows don't be afraid to unhook and reposition the vehicle for a final adjustment.
Yup , that is what I do after I get it up the hill and up the driveway incline . Sometimes I am lucky and just need to pull straight back into the street and back her in . Pat
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