Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby dguff » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:39 am

It really helps if you are able to tilt your mirrors down so you can see exactly where the lowest corner of the trailer is at all times. I learned this many, many years ago driving a truck where I had to back into tight spaces.

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby GerryS » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:11 am

This is all good advise. Hand on bottom of wheel, point the tiller where you want to trailer to go. It helps having eyes on the front fenders....sometimes it's easy to get target fixation on the slot you're trying to put the tab (ooh! Bad pun) and those trees bite.

With a little practice you be an expert in no time. It amazes my family and friends when I will back the trailer up as long as I want to, and slip it between two parked cars. It just takes practice and confidence.

Go slow, if you get wonky pull forward and straighten it out....you've got this :)
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby gudmund » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:59 pm

when you buy chocks/wheel blocks buy the "yellow" ones to use as pylon markers and another thing that I did years ago when I got my trailer was to go to a big parking lot and made some tight circles at the max turning stops of my vehicle to check to see how close my trailer came to jack-knifing when driving forward (there was about a 8 inch gape between the bumper and tongue in it's tightest turn). From this I got a visual on my tongue box where the max tight point was and put a 2 inch wide vertical piece of red reflective tape marking the spot on the right and left so I can see the jack-knife point when backing up in my mirror. Even at this point, there is that 8 inch gape between my bumper and trailer frame left before contact - just a bit of extra safety gape before contact/jack-knifing when backing up. And yes, a automatic is so much better than a stick when backing up!!!! No slipping of a clutch - just a nice easy throttle controlled back-up!
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby kudzu » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:29 pm

Here's a little tip, even if you are paying attention to a dozen or more different obstacles, try to remember the basics. Like, watch the angle between trailer & tow vehicle. After 3 weeks of towing across almost 5000 miles, on the second to last day of the trip, I jackknifed. :( It didn't damage the trailer but wrinkled the corner of my bumper & knocked out the turn signal. Duct tape was the temporary cure. I'd been doing so well with backing. Guess I just got distracted. Plus I was very, very tired... exceedingly tired. Funny thing is that rather than be upset about the damage to my van, I was just really pissed at myself for slipping up & missing the obvious. My pride was more damaged than my van.

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby S. Heisley » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:39 pm

Don't feel alone, Kudzu. Almost 3 years ago, I jackknifed mine, when the trailer's wheel caught on a road berm at night, while backing it in alone. Even though I got much of the damage out of the side of the TV, the poor thing still has a dent that unknowing people think is a nasty car door slam from another vehicle. Ahhh....Let them think that. It's less embarrassing. :roll: The trailer had NO damage. We build 'em tough! However, now, when I back into a spot, especially at night, I get out and check several times and I don't care what people think. It's what I do!

I recently bought a couple of these (I bought them when they were on sale...sometimes you can get them for free, when making another purchase...watch the ads for them.):

http://www.harborfreight.com/27-led-por ... 67227.html

They have hooks and magnets on the back and I'm going to put them on my metal frame whenever I need to back up in the dark. If your frame is covered, you might be able to put them on your fenders and/or hang them by their hook. There is also a red-trimmed triangle shaped one that works either as an extra white light, a red light, or a red flashing light. These really give off a lot of light!
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby 1950 tear » Sat May 02, 2015 11:04 pm

well last camp trip i heard a little crack whoah! Gotta go slower cause got a dent :-(
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby Miriam C. » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:58 pm

S. Heisley wrote:Don't feel alone, Kudzu. Almost 3 years ago, I jackknifed mine, when the trailer's wheel caught on a road berm at night, while backing it in alone. Even though I got much of the damage out of the side of the TV, the poor thing still has a dent that unknowing people think is a nasty car door slam from another vehicle. Ahhh....Let them think that. It's less embarrassing. :roll: The trailer had NO damage. We build 'em tough! However, now, when I back into a spot, especially at night, I get out and check several times and I don't care what people think. It's what I do!

I recently bought a couple of these (I bought them when they were on sale...sometimes you can get them for free, when making another purchase...watch the ads for them.):

http://www.harborfreight.com/27-led-por ... 67227.html

They have hooks and magnets on the back and I'm going to put them on my metal frame whenever I need to back up in the dark. If your frame is covered, you might be able to put them on your fenders and/or hang them by their hook. There is also a red-trimmed triangle shaped one that works either as an extra white light, a red light, or a red flashing light. These really give off a lot of light!


Good idea Sharon. btw Harbor Freight has a free square light this weekend. I really feel for you hitting like that. I did it to the hatch lid many years ago. Just patched it with sawdust and epoxy.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby S. Heisley » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:19 pm

Thanks, Miriam! It's good to see you around on the forum more.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby Tomterrific » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:22 am

I opened the back hatch on our Honda CRV so I could see the trailer. The added visability made the job easier. Plus, I could hear my wife yelling, "No, the other way!". :-)

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:29 pm

Tomterrific wrote:I opened the back hatch on our Honda CRV so I could see the trailer. The added visability made the job easier. Plus, I could hear my wife yelling, "No, the other way!". :-)

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:lol: I did that just once with my Jeep when I was backing into the garage to hitch up and I heard screeerunch! :o The Jeep's hatch, when open, is just a fraction of an inch taller than the garage door when the Jeep is on the driveway incline. :roll: No harm done; but, I didn't try that again! :lol:
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