Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

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Postby eaglesdare » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:33 am

:thinking: is there a name for this syndrome, where we can back up at campgrounds, but not our own back yards? :lol:
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:42 am

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Postby mcspin50 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:26 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby asianflava » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:40 pm

I wouldn't worry about it, it takes practice. I forget the quirks every time I hook up the trailer, almost have to relearn the first time I back it up; especially if it has been a while.

The worst is backing my car hauler when empty. You can't see it until it is really crossed up. It takes me a long time to back that one. I have no shame, I'll keep trying until I finally get it in the spot.
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Postby T@Baker » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:03 pm

After somewhat learning at an empty Walmart, I took my trailer to a state park that's open all year. Hardly anyone there so you can find an empty loop. That was much better practice because you can deal with trees, the angle of the pad, site number posts, etc.

I sometimes wonder why in the world when there's a tree hugging one side, they place the marker post directly on other, leaving you a narrow margin to back into.

I was asked earlier this year by a gentlemen if he wanted me to have him back my trailer in. It was a very weird angle involving a pad off of a "Y". I told it that would be great, but I really need the practice. What I would really appreciate is him giving me direction. He was glad to do that, and I was glad to receive it.
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Postby eaglesdare » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:40 pm

oh yes, the last trip we took even hubby wasn't man enough to back inbetween those trees. :lol: he unhooked it and pushed it up into the spot.
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Postby slowcowboy » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:09 pm

luou. thats why slow owns a 4 wide!

I sometimes go down roads in the moutains where you HAVE to back between trees to get turned around!

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Postby canned o minimum » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:02 pm

There's no shame in disconnecting the teardrop to push it into the spot.. it's called "common sense" or "prudence"

Not to mention how much time it saves and wear and tear on the clutch,etc..
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby mcspin50 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:34 pm

Well, it's three years later, and I think I finally got the hang of it. :applause: :beer: :applause: :wine:
One thing I've learned to do that really helps is if the trailer starts going the wrong way I STOP. I point a finger in the direction I want the trailer to go, and then I turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction. I just couldn't get the "hand on the bottom of the wheel" method to work for me.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby deleted » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:00 pm

mcspin50 wrote:PLUS I go r-e-a-l-l-y r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w.


YAY! :applause: :thumbsup:

That is the trick (imo). Speed is the key. Or the lack of speed.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby bobhenry » Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:59 am

Turn the bottom of the wheel in the direction you want to go.

I try and keep the site to my left so I can see the trailer in the mirror as it backs into the spot.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:53 am

Slowcowboy recomineds clear back up lights on the back end of your teardrop for them after dark need to grab a campground. :D they work great!

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:56 am

like bob says the left side mirror on your driver side is the best mirror to use for backing any thing up in the truck driving world. its the easet one to see out of and the east to see your rig from is more inportant mirror than your passenger side thats kinda a blind one even though its there and you use it a lot.

the left mirror is kinda the domnet mirror.

slow rolling your windows down helps see out your mirrors bettor too.
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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:59 am

staci. if you can put your tow vehile in the slowest gear and kreep back helps a lot! also in a auto matic put it in 1st.

in a manual if you got four wheel drive put it in four low.

stop every inch

take your time and get out and look behind you as much as needed a quick walk around often times makes all the diffrence in the world compared to a person guiding you on the ground screaming drictions at you from behind your rig!

automatics are nice as you can ride the brake instead of the clutch.

even in a automtic four low in the four wheel drive works wanders.

you want no speed in backing up!

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Re: Any Tips on Backing Into Campsites?

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:01 am

ladies if you can put a harbor freight ten inch rubber tire castor wheel on your tonge jack just unhook and find some willing guys to push it around for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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