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organcory97

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I feel so dumb and miss out on a lot of campgrounds, as my anxiety hits an all new level when trying to back in to a site. Part of that anxiety occurs when people are watching me fail, lol. What gives?

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Place one hand on the steering wheel at the 6 o'clock position. Then turn the wheel to the side where you want your trailer to go. You'll be fine with a little practice.

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I always call out to those campers watching me back in that I’ll show them how not to do it three or four times and then do it right! DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT! Go slow, get out and check, remain positive! Find an empty parking lot and practice.


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Awesome Thanks..

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Backing a TT into a camping spot is just like performing at Carnegie Hall. All it takes is practice, practice, practice. Can anyone identify the reference?

Now to get serious. Practice with a spotter. Before you start backing in, get out of the vehicle and decide where you want the TT to be within the parking area. Go SLOW. We use 2 way radios so that we don't have to yell at each others. If things so sideways, get out, look at what is going on and try again.

All of those people that you think are looking at you were once beginners also. Some of them just don't have a good enough memory to remember back that far.


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BarabooBob wrote:

Backing a TT into a camping spot is just like performing at Carnegie Hall. All it takes is practice, practice, practice. Can anyone identify the reference?

Now to get serious. Practice with a spotter. Before you start backing in, get out of the vehicle and decide where you want the TT to be within the parking area. Go SLOW. We use 2 way radios so that we don't have to yell at each others. If things so sideways, get out, look at what is going on and try again.

All of those people that you think are looking at you were once beginners also. Some of them just don't have a good enough memory to remember back that far.



Hahahahaha Yeah i hear ya. I will remember that.

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Go to a empty parking lot and practice. Take some small markers (tin cans, boards, etc) and a ruler to set up some practice sites. If someone travels with you develop a set of hand signals. Radios are helpful but don't rely on them entirely.

If someone is helping keep them visible and if not foot on the brake. They are responsible for the rear of the trailer including ground and roof level. You are responsible for the front of the trailer and the TV.


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We have all been there including the lookers. Lol. Just wave and say hi , and tell them this may take a bit. But dont get flustered, take your time and do it right. Dont listen to helpers that you haven't asked for help. Just say thanks but i need to learn. ( they can really mess you up, turn left right , not i ment the other right!). And what they said above. And remember everyone will still screw up, even experienced drivers. Hell i backed in once perfect in a spot where i was supose to remove the fencing to back in, didn't know that at the time. It was a one shot and fast. Guy next to me was amazed i even fit it in the spot. Then he told me about the fence. And the next time out had a footbal feild to back up onto and couldn't get the TT stright on the site. Took me like 15 times to get it close and i gave up. Lucky it was a big site!


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As stated above - practice and attitude. Take the time to do it under no pressure in an open setting to build up your comfort a bit. Then, as Sjm suggested, own it when you get to the campground. Allow yourself to be inexperienced. If others are looking on, laugh a bit and joke with them that you are just learning, and take your time.

Every driver towing a trailer has been a beginner at some point - don't let it become a barrier, just give yourself the time to work through it.

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Practice practice practice, and here's my tip. I saw the other about 6 o'clock but this might woke better. Hold the top of the wheel with both hands, which way do you want the back of the RV to go? Your thumb will point the way you need to turn the wheel. Depending on your RV some turn quick so when you see it move it's already too late, you need to learn yours and may have to anticipate when. The shorted it is the quicker it's going to turn.


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