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4x4ord wrote:

A 36 foot fiver would go anywhere a 30 foot tag would go.


X2 on this. I haves backed our 33 ft TT into a 40 ft site at a 90 degree angle no problem. .., it just takes practice and patience. I usually position my wife to stand on my pivot spot. If I back over her I know I turned too sharp

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Just moved to 5er in December and it's kicking my butt learning to cut soon enough and running out of clearance on front of truck. Very frustrating since I've been backing various bumper pulls since I was 14 (on a tractor). Wife is learning to give better directions but hasn't figured out I'm giving all I can and it just takes longer to react.

I've never feared a spot I couldn't back in but I'm choosing carefully for now with a fifth wheel.

Can you get a good look on Google Earth to see about room for the front of the truck?


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For some places, google earth gives a pretty good idea of what the spot looks like, also gives a little perspective to what the road configuration is. trees in the way of course don't help, but check it out. some times it helps. Just take your time, bumps, bruises, dents and scratches, we all get em. Good Luck & Be Safe ! ! !

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I don't have much trouble backing my boat, it's 18ft from the trailer ball to the front trailer axle. I'm hoping a 38ft TT wouldn't be that much harder if we go the TT route.


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Backing in a 5th wheel is far easier than a TT if you use the "Z" Method, pulling square up to a site an then trying to back into an site is a disaster waiting to happen ...

You have to get the tail end of the trailer pointed into the site to begin with, if you do this then your on the right track to get the job done, take your time, check your clearance's an back slowly ...

The rule has always been the longer the trailer the easier it is to back because the axles sit back further thus turn slower an give you time to correct when needed ... Good example, try backing up a wagon on the back of your riding lawn mower, then hook up your truck or car to a 30ft trailer of any type, which is easier [emoticon]

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Driver training schools for 18 wheelers as well as RV 5th wheel trailers offer several videos on YouTube that offer good advice for backing trailers. They offer right and left side, straight in backing as well as right and left parallel parking. After watching those videos, went to a parking lot and practiced each technique. Now after several years I still remember those techniques and have used all of them at various times and situation. Some of which were deemed near impossible by others. Of course it takes a fair amount of searching in YouTube, but they are available.

BTY I was a prime mover driver in the Army that had to back in howitzers for fire missions and I can assure you that 5th wheel trailers require different experience. All it takes to gain confidence is the proper technique training and practice.

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