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midnightsadie

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Posted: 03/04/21 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

learn that those mirrors on the rv are your friend. you can do it. just like baking a cake.

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Years ago a friend of ours was badly injured at camp (blew out his knee and needed it replaced). We all helped out by packing them up and babysitting their daughters (and doing a TON of dishes) while his wife took him to the ER to get temporarily fixed up.

His wife drove him home and parked their trailer on the street when they got there. The next day I drove over there and parked their trailer behind their hose for them, because it was too tight and scary for her to back it up.

So yes, there are helpful people in the world.

This isn't an all or nothing case though. You'll slowly get used to towing and eventually even backing.

There are some amazing Youtube videos that teach a back-up parking technique called "The Scoop" or "The Swoop". They're worth taking a look and giving it a try.

The kindness of strangers will be a big help until you develop the skills and techniques to do it yourself.

And good for you for supporting your husband this way. It sounds like he's a lucky man.


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Posted: 03/04/21 01:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sure, I would have no issue helping someone back their TT into a site. My DW is the same way, she can do most everything as it pertains to hitching/unhitching, but hates to back our rig into a site. She has practiced a little lately and has started to improve her backing skills, I tell her not to hurry or worry who's watching, and don't be afraid to start again as you can pretty much tell from the get go if your are off track. I still do it most of the time although with all the practice she will do it from time to time. Glad you are going to take your DH RVing, I know it will do wonders for his overall wellbeing.

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Posted: 03/04/21 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most certainly. But you need to wave me over. I would not be inclined to intrude unless asked.


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A few times I have walked along side and told which way to turn the wheel. Every time they said it was easier then they thought. If someone walks you thru it you will see how easy it is.





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I have backed several rv's in for folks but I will have to be asked to help. Get pull thru's when you can for now.


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Yes, I would also help or jump in and do it for you. That said, it is not rocket science. As stated above, your mirrors are your friends. When backing, put your favorite driving hand on the bottom of the wheel and move it in the direction you want the trailer to go. Relax, take your time and be patient. No skill is attained instantly. Enjoy the experience as it is another rewarding part of camping.


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I’d don’t offer to back someone else’s rig. I’ll offer to help guide them in but that’s as far as I go. I’ve never been able to back up boats, trailers, etc. that’s why I have a MH and a flat tow vehicle.


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I have backed several in for other people. I have backed my 40ft DP into my driveway towing a 32ft enclosed trailer many, many times. All from the drivers side. You take your time and practice you will be ok just go slow and if its not going where you want stop, pull forward, and start over.....Don't worry about the gawkers, they to were learning once up on a time.

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Learn for yourself.
Basics: Put a hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Move the your hand in the direction you want the trailer to go. How far you move hand determines how much the trailer will turn.


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