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srt20

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Posted: 11/16/20 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ford truck guy wrote:

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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Thank you for this! Reminds me that I need to start thinking about teaching my 9 yr son how to do things like this.

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Had it two years, haven’t used it yet.
Not that I haven’t tried.
You have to calibrate your trailer to your vehicle and I haven’t been anywhere straight and fairly level long enough to do so anytime I thought to try it ;(
I’ll have to make a special trip to do so to a large open parking lot with my TT.

Plus I’ll have to renter the measurement data for the trailer since I flipped the axle. And enter that as a new trailer. Apparently it will not allow editing an existing stored trailer in the memory.


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srt20 wrote:

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.


I respect a person that accepts help a lot more than one who obviously needs it but refuses it.

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srt20 wrote:

Thank you for this! Reminds me that I need to start thinking about teaching my 9 yr son how to do things like this.


Set him up with the riding lawn mower with the little utility trailer attached.

Little risk of expensive damage and if he can back that around the yard, a pickup and a travel trailer will be easy.


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4x4ord wrote:

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.


Actually, the computer can do it better already. A computer can place the trailer within an inch or so of where you want it.

The issue is by the time you set it up and dial it in, you may as well have learned how to back a trailer.

Honestly, I think the biggest issue people have is they rush. It's particularly bad at boat ramps because they see the next guy waiting to launch/retrieve so they try to hurry. Then it gets whopper jawed so they feel more pressure and quickly it gets out of hand really quick.

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I consider this feature similar to the feature that some cars/suv's have that will automatically parallel park themselves. I will say that if my truck had this feature I would try it out.


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Edd505 wrote:

Bionic Man wrote:

I'm not going to watch a 30 minute video on the system. But I do have it on my Expedition MAX. I've set it up to work with both my boats. Only used it once - when I went out with a group of people, and no one was comfortable backing up the trailer to retrieve the boat at the launch ramp.

The system worked well enough to have someone with limited experience successfully back down the boat ramp.

Spend anytime at a boat ramp (or honestly a campground), and you quickly see there is a real need for a product like this.

How many semis are on the road and they do not have backup assist.
I often have to receive trucks at work... So I get to watch a lot of truck drivers back into the docks. It is amazing to me how many struggle with this.... Perhaps they should target the semi market for this "trinket"


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It used to be that commercial truck drivers were, as a rule, quite skilled. It seems to me that since they started wearing different head coverings their driving has gone to $&!t.


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Huntindog wrote:

I often have to receive trucks at work... So I get to watch a lot of truck drivers back into the docks. It is amazing to me how many struggle with this.... Perhaps they should target the semi market for this "trinket"


I have seen this all my life. OTOH, in my lifetime I have seen a lot of people that did not appear to be qualified to do the job.


4x4ord wrote:

It used to be that commercial truck drivers were, as a rule, quite skilled. It seems to me that since they started wearing different head coverings their driving has gone to $&!t.


Over the years I have worked with a lot of drivers, and never saw where head gear or skin color had much to do with skill level. Hired 1 guy, application said worked for trucking co for years. Every time I saw the truck, turn signal was flashing. Paid him off after 2 days. Another, customer called, "this guy keeps going past the job" I called him "What's going on?" "They want me to blindside in!" Man, you're driving a straight truck, on a closed street. Paid him off that afternoon

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I’m sure there is not a direct link from skin colour to driving skill. What happened around our area is that many unskilled people migrated into our province and soon learned that with little to no training anyone could get a class 1 license. With a class one you could get a decent job so in no time our roads were filled with semi drivers who really had no training or experience driving truck.

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