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Ivylog

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Posted: 06/10/21 05:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your tires and axles can’t take it… better to find out at a slow speed. The back of the trailer is not going to hit anything as it will be inside of where the truck goes.


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To the OP, if you don't think you can make the turn around. Then back into the cul-de-sac off the main road. Most need to learn how to back away.


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We leave for a trip Sunday so going to try it today. My luck my neighbor's truck is parked in the culdesac - he never parks there. My plan is to back down the street. I think that's easier anyway and will help to hone my skills.


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Well we always kept most needed stuff loaded in the 5er year round, just had to load perishable food mostly.
What is your position on the cul-de-sac? Just before going full time we lived in an end unit townhouse. I needed to install a correct Track system and wet bolts, the townhouse driveway was at the 3 o'clock position on the cul-de-sac. I was able to swing around and nose into the driveway at the 9 o'clock position, then back down the other three units, with the front of the 5er just past the next door neighbors garage door.


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rhagfo wrote:

Well we always kept most needed stuff loaded in the 5er year round, just had to load perishable food mostly.
What is your position on the cul-de-sac? Just before going full time we lived in an end unit townhouse. I needed to install a correct Track system and wet bolts, the townhouse driveway was at the 3 o'clock position on the cul-de-sac. I was able to swing around and nose into the driveway at the 9 o'clock position, then back down the other three units, with the front of the 5er just past the next door neighbors garage door.


We are at the 11:00 position, so not much of a turn while backing in. Not straight, but not too exaggerated either. I've backed in far worse places. The rub is the long section of street I'll have to back into but it is what it is.

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5th Wheels turn around great - I have turned around in much smaller spaces, mine is 32' length. Even if you have to jack knife, you are not going to hurt the tires. I have done this and I have LT tires, not ST. They are fine. I park next to a building and have to turn very sharp in the lot to get it there, no issues and I have a short bed. Sometimes have to turn wide, straighten out, then turn again, but always get there. I jack knife all the time on gravel and have done it on cement, so it will not hurt the tires or the axels. However, with that large of space, you probably won't even be close to a jack knife.

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We as well live on a Cut-De-Sac and it's a LARGE one at that. Coming down the street into it, we are 1st on on right or 3:00(?). Just go slow when making your turn. Now, you didn't say if your staying parked in street or backing into driveway. With ours and driveway has a pitch to it, I come in clockwise so I'm backing into d-way on driver's side. Mind you I'm probly pushing 55'-60' in total.

OP you said that your C-D-S is 52' in diameter, yes that's tight, but still doable as long as you go slow. As others have said, the trailer will track to inside either way you go. Just swing it wide so front of truck is closest to mailboxes or side of blacktop if no mailboxes. If staying in street, so door of coach is facing your house, the RV will be closer to center of C-D-S just nature of the beast.

Our town has many C-D-S's and some are small. So small in fact that a Mack Granite 10 wheeler with a 1 way front snowplow, wing and salt box/spreader goes around as best they can and will have to push snow up onto lawn, stop, back up and reposition himself to complete the turn. I know this cuz I'v been the wingman operator for him. Pain the azz w/o a doubt, but can be done. Granted the Mack's don't turn worth a **** anyways, but that's besides the point. Point is, even on a small C-D-S, you can do it. Just takes practice.


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way2roll wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Well we always kept most needed stuff loaded in the 5er year round, just had to load perishable food mostly.
What is your position on the cul-de-sac? Just before going full time we lived in an end unit townhouse. I needed to install a correct Track system and wet bolts, the townhouse driveway was at the 3 o'clock position on the cul-de-sac. I was able to swing around and nose into the driveway at the 9 o'clock position, then back down the other three units, with the front of the 5er just past the next door neighbors garage door.


We are at the 11:00 position, so not much of a turn while backing in. Not straight, but not too exaggerated either. I've backed in far worse places. The rub is the long section of street I'll have to back into but it is what it is.

We we hosted a coastal park in the winter, the site was angled the wrong way. The normal way would be drive down the road to a round about and back to do a short back in to the site. I found it easiest way to pull into the day use and then back about 300’ down to the site.
I have always used the hand on the bottom to the wheel and push the direction you want the tail of the 5er to go, just take take it slow and easy.

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OP here, I ended up backing it down the street. Not as bad as I thought. Thanks for all the responses!

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valhalla360 wrote:

If you can get the truck 90 degrees to the trailer without hitting the cab, should be no problem swinging a U-turn in the cul-de-sac.

Your other option, is quite viable also. I assume it's low volume so traffic shouldn't be a problem to back down the road. Just take your time. Since 5th wheels are slow to start turning when backing, you generally have plenty of time to correct. 660ft isn't far. Worst case if it starts to get away from you, pull forward 20-30ft to get it in line and start backing again.

Do it a few times and your skills will improve.

With out reading all this stuff you don't need to know, just back it down as Valhalla says. It's not rocket science here and have a spotter as you back so you don't hit a parked car. I do it all the time and I am good enough to not really need the spotter. I use one just in case a neighbor pulls out of driveway. Easy. If you can't back this down with any kind of trailer, I would rethink Why I have one.


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