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[–] drakesdoom 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is a real tip, also turn off any radio or other noise source. Depending on angle you may be able to see better sticking your head out the window then with the mirror.

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[–] Lemongarb 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I look around at multiple angles.

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[–] donotreply 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That's funny! (not really)....

First things first, LEARN to drive/park a "big" thing....

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[–] pizza_mine 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Also turn your head so that you are looking at the trailer behind you but put one hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, move your steering wheel hand to the side you want the trailer to go. It becomes instinctual very fast.

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[–] MetalAegis 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If you're new to backing up a trailer, grab the steering wheel at the bottom, then whichever direction you move your hand is the direction the trailers ass end will go. It's easier for some people because they don't have to contemplate their maneuvers in reverse.

Also don't over steer, make small, decisive maneuvers.

Smaller trailers react to directional changes much faster than larger trailers.

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[–] Galaldriel [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

grab the steering wheel at the bottom>

This is an excellent tip. Every trailer is different, so you really have to use different tactics with each type. When I'm backing up a large trailer that blocks my rear window, I use the side mirrors and steer from the bottom of the steering wheel. A spotter helps a lot here. On a tiny 8' trailer that I can see through/over, I unbuckle my seatbelt, swing my right arm over the passenger seat, look backwards through the back window and steer with my left hand, no spotter necessary.

Also when using a spotter make sure the spotter understands they must be able to see the driver in a side mirror at all times otherwise the driver won't be able to see them!

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

retired truck driver, look at both mirrors when backing a trailer, Sticking your head out the window only prevents you from seeing the right side.

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[–] Sparrow_Terbler 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Backup camera's are getting so affordable, that it just makes sense for this. My buddy has one on his boat trailer and swears by it.

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[–] CantBuySkills 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Unless the object is a rock or a brick wall...