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[RC] trailering - Jonni Jewell

Go to a large empty parking lot, take some cones or empty milk jugs. Set
them up, practice driving around, learn your turning radius, backing,
stopping distance etc. Go alone if possible, and not have nay one "tell you
what to do". Just go slow, at your own pace, and practice where you won't
run into anything. Some folks like to grab the bottom of the steering wheel,
and push their hand in the direction they want the trailer to go when
backing. That was uncomfortable for me. I just had to stop at times, and
THANK....trailer goes the opposite direction of the steering wheel. No one
says you need to back fast. Take your time and get a feel for how the
trailer maneuvers. Someone trying to direct you backing, usually just gets
the driver frustrated. The other key to backing, is have GOOD mirrors. When
starting, stopping, and turning, pretend you have a bucket of water in the
trailer, and you do not want to spill a drop. Plan well ahead of time for
your stops, turns. If you're coming up on a signal, prepare for the change
of color ahead of time. After you pull the trailer enough, it will become
second nature on how to maneuver it around things.




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