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Old 08-27-2018, 07:39 PM   #11
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backing !!

Soafter driving truck for 18 years, backing you would think comes natural..But I found a 36 foot 5th wheel is not the same as a 53 foot trailer..MY Solution was quite simple..... I bought a Yellow tor strap.. 30 footer. I lay it out on the drivers side where i want to back in.. and just guide the wheels accordingly. Just like the parking lines at a whorehouse !! TRY IT
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:34 PM   #12
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Great video. Very helpful.


Many thanks.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:59 PM   #13
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This helped me understand several things about backing a 5er. Most have been mentioned above.

-Starting in the right place
-Unwinding the turn at the right time
-Fix errors early. Most errors can't be fixed later like on as bumper pull.

https://www.loveyourrv.com/back-fifth-wheel-trailer/
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:11 AM   #14
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Great advice

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Soafter driving truck for 18 years, backing you would think comes natural..But I found a 36 foot 5th wheel is not the same as a 53 foot trailer..MY Solution was quite simple..... I bought a Yellow tor strap.. 30 footer. I lay it out on the drivers side where i want to back in.. and just guide the wheels accordingly. Just like the parking lines at a whorehouse !! TRY IT
Thatís great advice although Iíve never backed in at a whorehouse. Most are pull thruís. (Ainít autocorrect great?)
Having a target makes backing much easier. The only thing Iíll add is when you pull forward keep going until your truck and trailer are parallel if possible.
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Old 08-28-2018, 04:56 PM   #15
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The other thing we learned over the years was my wife was my spotter, always!! She had to be in my mirrors and me see her, and if she disappeared I stopped till I saw her. She kept me out of trouble from hitting a bush, tree, picnic table, power stantion or her. With her hand signals I knew where she wanted the back end of the trailer. Everyone can come up with the signal that works for them, but some sort of signal should be used, yelling isn't one of them.



While backing up, my wife and I will communicate via cell phone. She will stand behind the camper and give me directions. Of course this only works if the tow vehicle has a hand free ability.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:05 PM   #16
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Thanks to all the kind folks who have pitched in to help us. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:36 PM   #17
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We visit a few places without cell phone reception so we have walkie-talkie's.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:29 PM   #18
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We visit a few places without cell phone reception so we have walkie-talkie's.
And we were where no cell phone, dead battery in one walkie talkie, so we reverted and stayed with hand signals. Worked for us.
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