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rhagfo

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I think I would rather spend the time learning how to back up without the computer!
our youngest DD is an equestrian, has two horse trailers, both GN, one about 20' two horse, I call it her Daily Driver. She uses it for hauling her horses to riding lessons. She whips that around like it isn't back there.
The other is a four horse with small living quarters a bit over 30', but axles located near the rear of the trailer, she does just as well with this one.
This is it when we were picking it up with the old 2001 Ram 2500.

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rhagfo wrote:

I think I would rather spend the time learning how to back up without the computer!
our youngest DD is an equestrian, has two horse trailers, both GN, one about 20' two horse, I call it her Daily Driver. She uses it for hauling her horses to riding lessons. She whips that around like it isn't back there.
The other is a four horse with small living quarters a bit over 30', but axles located near the rear of the trailer, she does just as well with this one.
This is it when we were picking it up with the old 2001 Ram 2500.

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My daughter can do the same with her GN horse trailer but as I said, big trailers are easy. A trailer like this would be a test on anyone's skills and that is where I think the assist would be most useful. And once you learn how to use the assist you might find it more comfortable in other applications.

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I've seen enough people trying to back their trailer into a camping spot to know there are lots of people that would use it, including myself.

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It might not be overly long and the computer will be able to back up better than those of us who think we know what we are doing but I can’t imagine using this technology at its present state. Someday maybe the driver will just have to tap the screen and slide an image of his trailer into position and hit enter. From that point the truck will drive him to the campground, back the trailer into the spot and hand him a cold beer as he sits and watches the trailer self level and pop out all 16 and 1/2 slides.


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The world is being dumbed down to the point where humans can't do anything for themselves. Go to the store, buy precooked food, drivers pay less attention because they have lane departure sensors, why pay attention to things in front of you, there are automatic braking systems, and least but not last, the gizmo to back up your vehicle and trailer.

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I set it up when I got our new F150. Used it once to try it out - haven't touched it since. Simply don't see it as advantageous in any way.

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Back in 2015 I was in Key Largo at a nice campground and had a water front spot right at the boat dock.

The boats would come and go, and they would have the danrest time backing up...

I took this picture of a kid who had to be 10 years old,, he whipped that around and put that trailer exactly in the middle of the ramp....

I would have never believed it if I was not sitting there...
I asked his dad about it and they have a farm in Texas and he helps on the farm...
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The best backup aid that I have is the camera mounted 10ft in the air on the back of my motorhome. It lets me see the trailer, where we are going and everything behind us. With that setup I can back a car dolly into a campsite with a 32' motorhome. I have even backed up with the car still on the dolly. There is no way that I would try either of those without the aerial view. And it is great with horse trailers too.

It is just too difficult to get that type of mount on a pickup truck.

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I always have to wonder when I in a CG why so many people that can't handle their rig think they need to open the exhaust for more power. Spend half hour geeing and hawing is one thing, but do you need to do it in a vehicle blasting "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! I CAN'T DRIVE WORTH A SNOT, BUT LOOK AT ME!
Trying to convince DW we don't need 2 cars. She wanted a back-up camera in pickup. Everybody told me how great it would be great for hooking up trailer. Might work better if I would look at it...

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I have it, but have never set it up or used it. It might be useful, but I trust my ability to back any trailer into any spot I think it will fit. Short or long.

True story!
My brother and SIL have a boat and go to the lake almost every weekend in summer. My SIL is better at backing trailers than my brother, so she does the backing into the water and he drives boat on trailer.
Many times the guy in line before her cant back his empty boat trailer in to save his life. So after he struggles for a few mins, she will go up and ask if he wants help. The guy will almost always say I just bought this last week. She will say no problem, I can back it in for you. And 10/10 times the guy will get out of the vehicle before she can finish the sentence. IMAO.

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