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    Default Re: Reversing a trailer ??

    Defender reversing a Met-Mini up a steepish driveway from road is a bit tricky ...

    ...find putting vehicle into low range
    helps by giving a v slow & steady speed ... no stalling, jerking, ‘clutching’ etc

    ... think ... trailer pivot turns more about one of its wheels whilst other circles wider ...
    ... so only start initiating trailer-turn as trailer axle reaches point
    to turn round and pass ...
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    Default Re: Reversing a trailer ??

    For the last 20 years or so, in the UK, after you've passed your standard driving test, you MUST take another test before you're allowed to tow any type of trailer behind your car/van/SUV, etc.
    Good practice I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cRaZyPeTe View Post
    For the last 20 years or so, in the UK, after you've passed your standard driving test, you MUST take another test before you're allowed to tow any type of trailer behind your car/van/SUV, etc.
    Good practice I think...
    Damn good idea, Dads can also help by letting junior practice in caravan parks a bit before leaving for home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoB View Post
    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
    I was about to say that. works brilliantly.

    basically what it does is.... you do not have to change gears in your brain, you think in the same direction. Moving the hands from the top to the bottom, when using mirrors vs turning your head and looking back. the trailer turns in the same direction in your brain, and is much, much easier.


    Having said that I can reverse a trailer very well. About 30 years ago I was caught on the road from chobe to the falls, on that thin knife edge of a road. (no turning left or right or any chance of a u turn.) In a 1800 diesel Isuzu 4x4, so zero power = zero speed. We had two little kids with us, we came round the corner and there was a herd just off the road, way ahead. We stopped far away and the herd slowly walked along next to the road, except one. I must have reversed over a km or two. elephants move surprisingly fast, she charged and I took my eye off the trailer for a split second and jack knifed. Reversing was now no option.

    nobody can out reverse a charging elephant. ok very few. But turn slightly wrong and you are stuck, without the option of moving forward. .


    Moving hands from top to bottom when using mirrors vs turning head around works very well. try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cRaZyPeTe View Post
    For the last 20 years or so, in the UK, after you've passed your standard driving test, you MUST take another test before you're allowed to tow any type of trailer behind your car/van/SUV, etc.
    Good practice I think...
    Same in this country. To tow a trailer over a certain weight you need to do a driving test with a trailer. us old chaps where lucky we did out test before a certain date, so we have the licence that can tow a trailer.

    Most people these days ignore that rule and tow trailers with a B licence. As a EB (car and caravan/trailer) is too difficult. But insurance companies and cops are getting stricter.
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    When practicing for my EC license, I used to hook up my dad's Venter and practice reversing it between conduit poles I stuck in the ground. Granted it was with my Sentra from which the trailer was more visible, but what it did enable me to do was to react quicker once the trailer started moving out of line due to the short axle distance.

    One thing I have seen a lot of people do is overreact when the trailer starts breaking out of line. Depending on the speed at which you are reversing, smooth small adjustments are all that is necessary. If you turn the steering wheel to vigorously and too much to one side, you have that much more turning to do to the other side, as it is guaranteed the trailer will break away in the opposite direction.

    I use the mirrors as that is what I was taught with the EC license. It has assisted me especially reversing with the Mazda where I do not see the trailer at all. Just look to see which side comes into view and correct it. Seems funny logic, but if I do not see the trailer, I know it is in line.
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    Farmer told me years ago one rule..."follow the trailer", works for me for the past 20 odd years. Very simple and very effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetah View Post
    Farmer told me years ago one rule..."follow the trailer", works for me for the past 20 odd years. Very simple and very effective.
    Whats the theory behind that technique, can you expand on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetah View Post
    Farmer told me years ago one rule..."follow the trailer", works for me for the past 20 odd years. Very simple and very effective.
    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Whats the theory behind that technique, can you expand on it?
    Same as steering in the direction where you see the trailer in the mirror. If you see the trailer in the mirror, "follow" it by steering in that direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouisF View Post
    Same as steering in the direction where you see the trailer in the mirror. If you see the trailer in the mirror, "follow" it by steering in that direction.
    Jip like that...
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    Grew up on a small farm on Houtkop and at 14/15 years could revers the two wheel trailer into small places.

    Doing it with a 4 wheel trailer was a difficult one and by the time I got my licence it was easy.

    Then came AFB Swartkops and the knowledge came in very handy.

    So today putting the BL Kewer into its parking bay at Bosveldsig is easy.
    See pic where it goes - #1 parked #2 outside.
    In Pinetown putting the Gypsy 3 between the house and fence with 250 mm both sides spare was a trick but mastered it.
    Up/down grading to a Echo 4 made it easy.

    Suggest everybody does some practice every now and then, do a figure 8 at 15-20 km/h (start very slow till you get the hang of it).
    Also learn how to make a reverse turn in one swoop with out doing a jack knife - that got me out of the way of a couple of elephants in Umfolozi
    The wheels of the trailer just went off the road and I could swing the bakkie with front wheels going over on the opposite side.
    Straight line reverse for 30-40 meters is a good point to start at speed and then do a reverse turn so you now pull of facing the other way.

    What I find is that people park outside your view right up the back of your trailer or even bakkie.
    A chap in a I10 stopped so close to the Ranger that only part of his roof was visible.
    When engaging revers the sensor had a continuous beep and the camera showed he was less than 50 mm from the tow ball.
    If the BL Kewer were behind me he would have been crushed and I would be none the wiser.
    And the worst is he refused to back up until he got nudged by the tow ball, fortunately there was sufficient space on the opposite side so I could get out of the way of the Rhino. You should see him reverse when he saw what was coming - by that time he was visible in the mirrors in the distance.
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