The Steering Wheel's On The Wrong Side

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  1. LinuxLover

    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    So they even have audio from across the lake and an odd placed camera in the dash?
    Not faked, much.
     

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    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    Kinda what I thought.... still entertaining though.....
     
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    Obviously staged but teaching people to back a trailer is usually a frustratingly fun time.
     
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    At least they got the boat in the water.
     
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    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    Sounds like a NASA press release......
     
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    The way I teach it is:

    1, One hand on the bottom of the steering wheel

    2, Move your hand the same direction you want the trailer to go!

    Works for me
     
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    Ordell Robbie Giant Member

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    I learned the same way but I learned on longer trailers when getting my CDL. It's just funny how easily a little 8 ft. utility can get away from a guy a lot quicker than a 27 footer though.
     
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    That damned short tongue to axle distance gets me every time!
     
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    Yup. You have to pay attention and react a lot quicker.
     
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    The tough ones are the trailers with a turning front axle and a straight back axle.
     
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    I have a header trailer like that. I put a little short Ford tractor on it and it does quite well. Dad put a hitch on the front bumper of one of the trucks for that also.It beats trying to see going backwards.
     
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    Dude reverses about as well as my wife outta the garage.
    I have several side mirrors to prove this..........
     
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    Why didn't they just pick the damn boat up and toss it in the lake?
     
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    That would lack drama
     
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    Seems to me that is obviously a joke video... but...

    One thing I tell people new to towing is... USE YOUR SIDE MIRRORS. Don't look over your shoulder. Learn what your side mirrors are telling you. Just driving around town on errands, start learning to use the side mirrors.

    As to backing, anticipate where the trailer is going, and start steering BEFORE it goes that way. Otherwise you are just playing catch-up.

    If you have to, lean out the window and see where the front wheels are turned before you back up - this helps some people.

    Your helper or "spotter" should tell you where they want the REAR of the trailer to go... do NOT tell the driver where/how to turn the wheels, that is actually more confusing. Unless the driver wants the spotter to tell him which way to turn the steering wheel.

    And yes, small single axle trailers are a lot harder to back than larger trailers.

    Mostly comes down to experience.

    At campgrounds it can be fun to watch husband trying to back up a camper with the wife yelling at him, and he returning the yelling.
     
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    Doesn't even have to involve trailers.

    One thing I've learned when helping direct parking at Church; many people don't know how to drive. You've got to be careful what you tell them to do and then watch them. Especially if you ask them to back up someplace.
     
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    It has to be fake. But I have seen close to that bad. Mid 80’s I was SCUBA diving in TX near Austin. My car had died so I was riding with the guy bringing the boat. He couldn’t back a trailer. So after he got worked up I asked if I could try.
    Next guy asks me to back his in. So I backed in 4 trailers before our group ready to go. All wanted to pay me for driving there pickup, getting there boat in the water.
    Longer trailers, enclosed trailers are easier. (Except enclosed to see obstructions behind of course). My tandem 20’ enclosed my wife can back up fairly well. Single axle 8’ lawn one she would rather not.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with the side the steering wheel is on!
     
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