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    Judging by the damage to the ladies car in the Kruger, it seems there is a problem with reversing trailers and caravans ? Seems the car in her escape route could not reverse with his trailer ?
    Perhaps everyone who tows should spend some time learning how it works?
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    Default Re: Reversing a trailer ??

    Problem comes when the elephant charge with flappy ears. Very few people will be able to do a quick enough reverse with a trailer hooked up .... I'm not even talking about a u-turn.

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    I am reasonably good at reversing with a trailer, but I also have been caught with cars crowding you, wanting too see what they think you can see. This becomes the biggest issue, trailer or not.
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    Appreciate very few people including me would be able to do much whilst watching those ears approach but the amount of folk pushing things back in quiet campsites is amazing
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    Ask SWAMBO to check the rear .. from the driver's seat one can not always see how far you are from the 'obstical' you may crash into.

    (... in the quiet campsites that is - not when the ellie charges !!)
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    Default Re: Reversing a trailer ??

    Huge difference too between boat and caravan trailer too.
    Practice guys !
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    Agreed. Although, in a stressed situation...eish...

    Was poking fun at a friend the other day, on how he struggled to reverse and park a trailer.

    So he bet me that I couldn't do it in one go. I raised the ante and told him I would even do it while only using my mirrors. Long story short. Growing up on the farm, reversing all sorts of trailers sometimes pays off....he owes me now.
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    Default Re: Reversing a trailer ??

    its easier with a big trailer/caravan
    i can do it also with the mirrors only.

    i battle with the venter
    i think its small size makes it difficult to spot when you out of shape in order to correct it.

    adding a charging elephant in the mix...... EISH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naami View Post
    its easier with a big trailer/caravan
    i can do it also with the mirrors only.

    i battle with the venter
    i think its small size makes it difficult to spot when you out of shape in order to correct it.

    adding a charging elephant in the mix...... EISH
    Agreed on the larger trailers. You have more time to react.

    What I found with the small Venter type trailers, is that I tend to loose sight of them behind the Isuzu. By the time you see the trailer, it's already almost too late. I've considered adding that little "flag on a stick" to my Jurgens trailer to help keep track of where it is.
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    Indeed, very easy to jack knife a smaller trailer. I also found that you should use either one of the two methods, not both. That is either use mirrors only or look backwards over the seat.
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    Distance between tow ball and axle.

    Shorter distance and the trailer reacts much quicker to steering input.

    Longer distance (BIG trailer or caravan) takes longer to react. Much easier.
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    I would appreciate some trailer reversing tips from those skilled in their use.

    I recently had to reverse a fully laden 3m trailer and I was struggling, nevermind that a vehicle that will happily pull a trailer may require you to nearly burn the clutch out to reverse it up even a slight incline.

    There is a saying I was taught which goes along these lines - where the nose of the vehicle goes the tail of the trailer goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    .. I'm not even talking about a u-turn..
    I struggle to reverse, but man! I can make a very neat tight u-turn with the caravan in tow when encouraged to move by a BIG elephant
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    Quote Originally Posted by avk View Post
    Agreed on the larger trailers. You have more time to react.

    What I found with the small Venter type trailers, is that I tend to loose sight of them behind the Isuzu. By the time you see the trailer, it's already almost too late. I've considered adding that little "flag on a stick" to my Jurgens trailer to help keep track of where it is.
    I find it easier with big trailers too!

    The Navara with the 5ft venter is easier than the Jimny with the 5ft venter. Jimny and trailer is hell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    I would appreciate some trailer reversing tips from those skilled in their use.

    I recently had to reverse a fully laden 3m trailer and I was struggling, nevermind that a vehicle that will happily pull a trailer may require you to nearly burn the clutch out to reverse it up even a slight incline.

    There is a saying I was taught which goes along these lines - where the nose of the vehicle goes the tail of the trailer goes.
    When you reverse, take your hand and put it at the bottom of the steering wheel , not on top.

    decide if you are looking backwards or using mirrors. Stick with the method you choose, don't change during the exercise.
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    Truckers use mirrors. So do I.

    But yes, pick one and stick with it.
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    The best way to reverse a trailer is to put a tow hook on the front of the vehicle!

    I would consider myself better than most at reversing trailers. I learnt how many years ago during the eurocentric days of the umhlanga ski boat fishing competition where I, along with a couple of other drivers had to get hundreds of boats on and around the beach and then get rid of their trailers quick smart. Try reversing hundreds of different boats trailers on soft sand where the trailers go where ever the sand tracks push them!

    That being said, its a perishable skill and while I am still okay, I am not that good at doing it at pace anymore.

    Obviously boat trailers are the best because, as mentioned, the axle is far back and gives you lots of time to react. Venter trailers are better to just unhitch and move around by hand.

    If you have need of parking a caravan or boat without smoking the clutch/overheating the torque convertor, rather just put a hitch on the front and be done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    I would appreciate some trailer reversing tips from those skilled in their use.

    I recently had to reverse a fully laden 3m trailer and I was struggling, nevermind that a vehicle that will happily pull a trailer may require you to nearly burn the clutch out to reverse it up even a slight incline.

    There is a saying I was taught which goes along these lines - where the nose of the vehicle goes the tail of the trailer goes.
    Look out the rear window, ie, turn so your looking out from in between the two front seats. And then some practice, its like riding a bicycle - it will suddenly just come to you and you wont lose the skill once youve got it, ok, it takes a couple seconds if you havent done it in a while, but the brain clicks in pretty quickly once doing it.

    I absolutely cannot do it with mirrors though, totally useless with that method!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    When you reverse, take your hand and put it at the bottom of the steering wheel , not on top.

    decide if you are looking backwards or using mirrors. Stick with the method you choose, don't change during the exercise.
    Thanks, what function does putting your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel help with?

    I stick with mirrors, always that day when the back of the vehicle is packed to the ceiling and then you are screwed, its also easier on the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Thanks, what function does putting your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel help with?

    I stick with mirrors, always that day when the back of the vehicle is packed to the ceiling and then you are screwed, its also easier on the neck.
    If your hand is on the bottom of the wheel, you will turn "up&left " to make the trailer move left and "up&right" to move trailer right. Great for beginners
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