Actual video of me backing up my trailer

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by eoleson1, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Macomb County Michigan

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  2. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    I thought there would be some drifting involved, at some point. Similar to Ken Block.
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  3. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    Oh Boy I have a new Hobby!! I bet we could make it into a Rally event.
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  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    That was me this morning.....except not as fast. Well atually I did go that fast once I realized I was on my neighbours lawn! And no I'm not kidding. Good news , is on my second try at backing up I can do it. It took a few times of pulling up and re aligning, but I did it. No damage to anything but my ego!
  5. p

    p Active Member

    Jun 9, 2014
    I did that one night when we arrived at around midnight and the site was only accessible by driving backwards through the forest (run on sentence) to a site the size of a pea.

    Bonus wife directed me.
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  6. phoodieman

    phoodieman Active Member

    May 18, 2009
    Hutto, Texas
    I like to see that guy try that at an actual campsite instead of red cones.

  7. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2011
    Elkins WV area
    This is me backing uphill in my driveway
  8. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    I'd like to see him/her do it with his/her wife/husband telling him/her which way to turn!
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  9. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2012
    I have to admit, it's fairly impressive!
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  10. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    I agree. Makes a difference with everyone watching and kids on bicycles and motorized cars running around.
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  11. landon6062

    landon6062 Active Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    South Carolina
    well now.. that is confidence there.. LOL

    I wonder how many cones I would be dragging under my car by the time I was finished with that contest.. LOL
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  12. emoney

    emoney Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2018
    Am I the only one who noticed he’s pulling a 20’ + camper with an Audi? How come Europeans get everything? We find an 18’ barebones and have to trade to a 3/4 ton dually with a extra transmission cooler, lol.
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  13. Fuzzy Bear

    Fuzzy Bear Active Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Norwalk CT
    Was at a private campground many years ago (probably early '90's) on a father's day weekend. The CG had a lot of "events" and one of them was a trailer backing contest. They had a small utility trailer attached to UTV and a track set up (no where near as complicated as the one in the video). Had to back it through the cones making corners before backing it into a space about a foot wider than the actual trailer. I'm proud to say I placed in the top 10 (of course there were only about 15 of us [:D] )
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  14. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I am impressed, I do ok backing but not that fast. (and probably not that good either)
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  15. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    Practice Makes Perfect.
  16. tzmartin

    tzmartin Active Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Well, that camper has a dry weight of 1000 lbs so they're within limits. They just need to add cabinets, flooring, plumbing, propane, and camping equipment once they get to the site. :)
  17. FarmerDave

    FarmerDave Active Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Nova Scotia
    Even more impressive is they are "allowed" to tow a trailer with a car, same car here probably "towing not recomended"
  18. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    was there a mobile back-up camera? heh
  19. toyotaspeed90

    toyotaspeed90 Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    That was, odd, to watch.

    Guess as someone else said, practice makes perfect. The trailer is obviously empty, as the car has zero squat even though the trailer is obviously tilted forward. I believe it's empty given how easily the Audi can accelerate both forward and backwards essentially from a stop.

    I do believe that there should be a license to tow.... of which part of the license requires you to properly back a trailer up.

    Before I had the PUP, years ago, I had a 20.5' Bayliner that I moved with an F150 or an Explorer. Wheels were set pretty far back, and as such, was a very easy trailer to move.

    At the boat launch ramp, which was always busy on hot days (4 spots to load/unload into the water in a large lot) it was amazing just watching how many people have no idea how to back their trailer up.... jack knifing or completely missing the launch ramp (or taking 2 spots up because they just can't align properly). Many times guys twice my age needed help backing up (was by no means a difficult launch).

    I tend to get slightly nervous at our house - we live in an area with a road less than a normal 1 car lane (privately owned roads), a neighbor who parks his Audi right next to the street, and have several trees around us, with our driveway having a rock wall (about 3' tall) on one side, and a rock wall that gets taller (neighbors house is 4ft or so below our garage).... to add insult to injury, we're on a decent slope, have a shared driveway, and 1/4 the way in on our driveway is a fire hydrant... there is also a junk van that is not moveable on one side of the driveway (soon it will be gone). The hardest trailer I backed up here was a 27' travel trailer. First attempt I had to reset the angle once (to ensure I would clear the hydrant, and trees -- I was backing it up without assistance and no tow mirrors, just "gut feeling" and go) but turned out to be no big deal.

    What I have found to be true for both that 27' travel trailer and even the PUP - for those who have a true 4WD vehicle, put the transfercase in low.

    I tend to find that in high range, you have to give more gas than you really want and the movements aren't smooth. In low range, you get more control as less throttle has to be put in, and you have more sense of what is going to happen when you do reverse. (this only goes if you have good throttle control.... if you don't, smashing the gas in low range/reverse would cause quite a jump backwards, possibly being dangerous).

    My point, I guess, is I don't even see myself as being all that great. I do it well and not all that often. I do think there should be some minimum expectation, similar to getting a drivers license.
  20. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

    Mar 29, 2012
    SE Georgia
    You didn't have your chains crossed!!!!!!!!![EEK] [B)] [}:)] [:D]

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