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#10864668 - 05/22/15 05:39 PM Can't back a trailer....watch this!!!
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#10865461 - 05/23/15 12:11 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
Harry Dunn Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 81
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Lol. Wow. Like a boss? More like a limp wristed Nancy.

If you struggle with backing a trailer, put your left hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and turn the wheel in the direction that you want the trailer to go. Not that hard.
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#10865570 - 05/23/15 06:16 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
auminer Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
Posts: 239
Loc: Allen
I agree. If backing a trailer is a ""tension-filled ordeal"" for you, that's half your problem. Get yourself out somewhere you can't hit anything & practice. School parking lots on the weekend, etc, etc. Practice til you can do it with calm confidence.

Every spring I head over to the local elementary school parking lot with my trailer & practice backing straight, corners, & parking til I've knocked the rust & cobwebs off my skills.
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#10865634 - 05/23/15 07:30 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
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Registered: 02/15/09
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Even with help. He still did not get the truck and trailer straight.

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#10865657 - 05/23/15 07:55 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
slim1 Offline
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Registered: 05/24/13
Posts: 546
Loc: Cooper, TX
I drove a tractor trailer for 35 years. One day I put my boat in the water and when I walked back down to get in it a guy told me he watched me and I didn't turn around when I back it down the ramp. He couldn't believe it. I told him that's why they put mirrors on the outside of pickups. Using the mirrors is just natural to me.
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#10865715 - 05/23/15 08:37 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1004
Loc: Euless
If you can't pat your head with one hand and rub your stomach with the other at the same time then you probably can't back a trailer.

OK, don't lie, you tried to do it didn't you.
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#10865722 - 05/23/15 08:46 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: slim1]
Po Boy Offline
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Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 243
Loc: McKinney Texas
I learned to back a trailer when I was about 10 yrs old with a tractor on the farm. This required turning around and looking at the trailer. This is the way I have done it all my life, and I could back one from here to NY as long as I could see the trailer. I have a stiff neck now from a car accident and old age and as a result I now have great difficulties backing. I have tried to use the mirrors and keep practicing but old habits are hard to break. So if you see me at the ramp please bear with me and don't bust a gut laughing at me.

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#10866142 - 05/23/15 12:41 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
psycho0819 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 1293
Loc: Kaufman
Being left eye dominant, I cannot look over my shoulder to back a trailer, forcing me to use the mirrors since day one. I have found that I am often more efficient at it than people who do look over their shoulders. But I regularly tow trailers from 10' to 20' long, so backing a trailer is not a very big deal, even in tight quarters. I recommend people get good with a short trailer of some sort, then the longer the trailer the easier it becomes.

But, I have seen many people at boat ramps, and on jobs, that could benefit from such a device.
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#10866429 - 05/23/15 03:08 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
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Registered: 04/09/12
Posts: 1710
Loc: Ft Worth, Tx
This technology will be beneficial to those that continues to have a difficult time backing the trailer. As for myself I've never back any trailer until I bought my first boat. After a couple of times of backing up I picked up pretty good. Never had any problems. Just keep practicing and you'll get it. Don't let other people rush you either at the ramp. Take your time and stay focus. Ignore all distractions while you're backing up.
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#10866457 - 05/23/15 03:21 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
Shadetree Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 397
Loc: Port Neches Texas
I wonder if the providers of this technoligy will be liable for all the damaged vehicles along side the ramp? b
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#10866478 - 05/23/15 03:30 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 791
Loc: Texas
Harry has the correct approach, but I am not sure he fully explained it.

If your hands are up at the top of your steering wheel, anywhere above 9 and 3, then your mind has to do a little inverse operation: "I want the trailer to go left so I steer right; I want the trailer to go right so I steer left."

But, if you put a single hand, usually the left if you are going to turn to the right and look over your shoulder, anywhere below 3 and above 9 re-orients the hand motion direction with the desired path of the trailer.

Think about it: With 360 degrees, what is moving to the right from 9 to 3 is now moving to the left from 3 to 9.

So, grab the very bottom of the steering wheel, there is a little opening there large enough for a hand usually, preferably turn and look over your right shoulder, then if you need the trailer to move right, lift your left hand to the right (counterclockwise); if you need it to move to the left, move it to the left (clockwise).

And, it works very well just using the side or rear view mirror if you prefer that. Most of us use our mirrors so often, our brain has it figured out pretty well. If you see the trailer moving off course, the bottom hand position still works great.

Now, your brain's lined up; your trailer should be, too.

Oh! If you begin with the towing vehicle and the trailer lined up pretty good by sweeping in and up high on the ramp, the movements to move it left or right are very small. And, once the trailer is back on the proper tack, you have to remember to straighten the steering wheel back up else the trailer will continue to circle.

Brad

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#10866506 - 05/23/15 03:48 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
BlaiseWeimer Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 473
Loc: Coppell, Texas
It's not hard to back up a trailer at all....

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#10866836 - 05/23/15 06:14 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: Brad R]
PhishWhisperer Offline
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Registered: 07/29/12
Posts: 449
Loc: Orange, TX
Originally Posted By: Brad R


Oh! If you begin with the towing vehicle and the trailer lined up pretty good by sweeping in and up high on the ramp, the movements to move it left or right are very small. And, once the trailer is back on the proper tack, you have to remember to straighten the steering wheel back up else the trailer will continue to circle. Brad


Brad's comment about the importance of initial lineup is right on. I like to loop as close to the ramp as nearby traffic will allow, swing a little bit across the far side of the lane, loop back to the near side of the lane, and finally turn straight. All this puts the whole rig pretty close to the inside of the lane without being too far above the ramp.

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#10867324 - 05/23/15 09:58 PM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
slim 285 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/05
Posts: 5194
Loc: Squeezepenny
All I ever use us is the mirrors. Don't know if I can do it any other way.

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#10867709 - 05/24/15 12:19 AM Re: Can't back a trailer....watch this!!! [Re: C.A.S.T.]
Flyer Offline
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Registered: 04/22/13
Posts: 477
Loc: East TX
I learned with a lawnmower and a cart.

I graduated from that with a short utility trailer.

Those 2 will get you broke in well. From there, you will appreciate the longer axle length of a boat trailer.

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