Can you back up a trailer?

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  1. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

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    The can you drive a stick thread got me thinking. As for me I can, I've seen my fair share of folks that were pulling a trailer but couldnt back it up.

    My last job I dealt with alot of people picking up furniture, they would rent a u haul trailer or such to pick up there stuff. A good majority couldnt back up a trailer. One chic had rented a monster u haul pulling her escort on a tow dolly. Apparently she thought when she backed up the rig the tow dolly would steer itself. She backed up the rig and jack knifed and wasted her car. Sorry but I couldn't help but :rofl:

    I started backing up the hay trailer with the tractor at a young age so it's never been an issue for me. I back up a chipper at work everyday.


    How about you?
     
  2. Radam3

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    Yes, with ease. My dad can't though. Takes him forever. He'll have me or my mom do it if he can get away with it.

    "Before you can lead, you must refuse to follow"
     

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    Hamilton Burger Incompetent

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    If I stay in practice... every year the first time or two we take the boat out I embarass myself :embarassed:
     
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    Uh......yes. since I was about 12.
     
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    Yes I can. I learned that the longer the vehicle and trailer the easier it is. When I was in the Marines I had problems with a Jeep and trailer but a 5 ton and large trailer were easy.
     
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    I've got a 30 ft enclosed trailer, and a 22 ft flat bed, and my house has a driveway I can't turn around in. I'd certainly hope so.
     
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    Exactly! I have a 4x8 and it's a pain to back up! It's small enough I usually un hook it and push it around. A big car trailer, no problem!
     
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    BEER bad example

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    i can back up a full blown school bus or motorhome sized vehicle like a champ. give me a pivoting trailer though and i don't care if it's a little 3 footer towed behind a riding mower, i will jackknife it every time.
     
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    Agreed-- I got a 5x8 single axle that tries to jack knife as soon as the truck goes in reverse but my 6x18 double axle I can back no problem. Not sure if my truck being lifted almost a foot makes any difference or not lol
     
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    The longer the trailer the easier it is. It has nothing to do with your truck being lifted. I have my CDL and recently backed up a semi. Peice of cake compared to my toys r us trailer.
     
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    The first time I tried to back our popup camper into a space, half the campground was out watching. Heck, they had plenty of time to get everyone to come out and look - it took 20 minutes.
     
  12. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Hell no.

    Back in Iraq one of my NCO's was having trouble backing up an 5-ton w/ water buffalo that had been parked & the TOC was built up around it overnight making it a very tight fit w/ all the radio wires & antennas. I thought I'd hurry things along & jump in and do it because he was worried he'd hit something.

    Yeah I thought it looked easy. Hell that is a PITA. After like 10 tries I finally got it out of the tight space it was in but it's not as easy as it looks for sure because your front end goes one way, backend goes the other way the trailer goes wherever the hell it wants.

    :rofl:
     
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    Sure can and do it on a pretty regular basis being into fishing. If you ever want some trailer backing entertainment go down to a popular boat launch on a summer weekend.
     
  14. HarleyGuy

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    The little trailers are hard to back up due to the short distance between the wheels and the ball (hitch).
    The easiest way to help compensate for this is the get an extended receiver which moves the ball farther away from the vehicle but this will only give you a little bit of assistance.

    I've owned several trailers and I just recently sold my 24' enclosed trailer and I still have a 20' landscape trailer, both of which pull and backup very easily and I can back them up my curved driveway without a problem.

    In my entire life, I only had ONE trailer that I could not back up. It was a four wheeled trailer and the front wheels were attached to the tongue (just like a childs wagon).
    Like someone posted earlier, when you put the car in reverse, the trailer turned sideways!
    My cousin said "let me show you how to backup a trailer".
    After many attempts he finally gave up and we unhooked it and pushed it bay hand!:rofl:
    Afterwards, I had a few of my friends (semi-drivers) tell me that they could back THAT trailer up, but I'd have to see it to believe it.:whistling:
     
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    Yes I can, I used to spot trailers as part of my job for several years.
     
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    I could when I worked at Standard Trucking Co. (now closed) I drove the yard mule, moving trailers in and out of the loading docks. I guess I could still back a trailer. Have not done it in a long time.
     
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    I can ONLY if I can look over my shoulder through the back window and see (through) the entire trailer. I have a little 6x8 lawn trailer that I can park on a dime first try. but give me something that I have to use my mirrors (cant see through,and have to face forward) and all bets are off.
     
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    Been backing trailers since I was tall enough to reach the pedals, hauling wood with my dad.

    I've had every type of trailer, long, short, ball, 5th wheel, pintle, 1, 2, 3 axle - you name it. The short ones are the hardest.

    The best advice for newbies that I can give is this: hold the steering wheel at the bottom, move it the direction you want the trailer to go.
     
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    Yes, and fairly well. My dad taught me to drive a stick-shift pick-up when I was 7 and an 18 wheeler when I was 12.

    Hothead, my dad would smack me in the head and yell "Use your mirrors!" whenever I tried looking over my shoulder. Needless to say, I can use my mirrors quite well.
     
  20. Tango 1Zero

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    Yes. Tow dollies are a freaken nightmare. The vehicle being towed acts like a second trailer. The steering on the towed vehicle turns and so does the dolly.