How to back up the pup

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  1. Nanapoppypops

    Nanapoppypops Member

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    Going crazy with this. Just can't seem to get the Pup where we want it to go and when we do, the car is headed into a jackknife position. It's getting discouraging. Any suggestions. Also, need to know if anyone has extension mirrors for their rear view mirrors that just clip on. Thank you
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Short tongue single axle trailers are easily jackknifed. Try lesser movements at the steering wheel.
     
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    Use your mirrors, go find an empty parking lot and practice.
     
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    Hold the wheel one handed at 6 oclock kthe bottom of wheel ) and turn the wheel rthe way you want the pup to go
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, the turn that had in the direction you want the unit to go, also do it SLOWLY and do not over correct. Just a little movement of the wheel at a time. Find an empty parking lot, get some empty cardboard boxes (so there is no damage) and practice backing up, you will have it mastered in short order
     
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    And practice. And practice, practice. Get in the habit of using your mirrors
     
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    Lots of good tactical advice above. To think about things from a more strategic point-of-view, try to understand how the motion of the tow-vehicle and the camper relate to each other. It's hard to put into words in this format, but here's my attempt at what I've come up with:

    1. The camper can't change direction until the angle between it and the TV has changed to the opposite direction. This means the sharper the angle between the TV and the camper, the longer it will take you to change the direction of the camper.

    2. The camper has to be moving to change direction. You can't just turn the wheels while sitting still like you can in the TV. This means that the larger the change of direction you need, the more space you will need in which to do it.

    3. Even if you start to turn the TV in the opposite direction, the camper will continue to increase its turn in the original direction until the TV turns sharp enough to overcome that change.

    All of these things compound each other, which is why it seems like once things start to get out of whack it's almost impossible to correct. Once you get off your intended line the sharper you have to turn and the more space you need to make corrections, until you either run out of room or run out of steering wheel and end up in a jackknife.

    The solution is to plan your route carefully so you know where you need to be (and know how far off you are), keep things as close to the centerline as possible, and make small adjustments. And if things start to get too far out of hand, pull forward and reset.

    None of that probably makes as much sense as it does in my head, so feel free to ignore it if it just seems like the ramblings of a lunatic....which is what you'll be if you spend too much time thinking about backing up a trailer! :confused:
     
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