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ktmrfs

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Posted: 02/26/21 08:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

for some real at home practice a couple of things that may help you understand the physics of backing.

1) take your kids wagon, grab the handle and practice moving it backwards and turning like you would to park a trailer. you will see how the tongue is just like the wagon handle, how it needs to move to move the trailer (in this case the wagon)

And when backing into a spot we prefer one we can back in to on the DS, PS is harder to see, and definitely needs a spotter.

And DW and I have a pair of walkie talkies we use if needed. Don't rely on cell phones since many places we go have NO cell service.

And I never back if I can't see the spotter in a mirror.

2) get a toy semi truck & trailer with a real working steering wheel, and practice with it. Even w/o a steering wheel, moving it backwards to park should give you the idea of what your truck needs to do.

These may give you the "ah ha" moment, then practice with your rig in a parking lot.

Personally, backing a short trailer is harder than a long trailer. My 14ft cargo trailer responds way more quickly than my 35ft TT.


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Posted: 02/27/21 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My trailer is light enough that I don't need weight distribution but I do use a friction sway control bar. With the bar engaged the trailer is less responsive to the trucks steering making backing up more difficult. With this set-up it's best to disconnect the sway control.

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