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tips on backing up a trailer with mirrors

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by Kevin, May 7, 2005.

  1. DwainG

    DwainG Member

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    Top-half or bottom-half of steering wheel is how an old-timer taught me. I found it very helpful. If you're driving a straight truck use only the top half of the steering wheel. With a trailer, use the bottom half. Watch rear of truck or trailer in your mirrors, and turn the wheel in the direction you want it to go. You will want good full-length mirrors so you can see the top corners of a trailer, and the ground behind it also. Use the biggest convex mirrors you have room for. They're not much help for backing, but they are invaluable for lane-changing and for seeing your blind spots.
    DwainG
     
  2. 544D10

    544D10 Well-Known Member

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    I have never driven a big truck but have worked on countless jobs around them and have seen more than a few times where the front of the truck strikes an object/car because the driver is fixated (sp) on his mirrors. I know its not easy but when backing you have to be aware of the front also.
     
  3. DwainG

    DwainG Member

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    You are so right! After posting I realized I should have mentioned that this technique is intended to help a driver back in a straight line with small corrections, not turning while backing.
     
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen Well-Known Member

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    My grandfather's 1946 wills jeep has two balls on the front, along with an original 1946 meyer's plow. He bought it from the original owner. Who bought it solely to pull his airplane in and out of his hanger and to plow his house.

    Best part is my grandfather still uses it to plow snow every year. And jocky trailers around his shop.

    Been there done that with a F-150 and 6 by 12 trailer. I told my newest guy that when I was teaching him how to back up a trailer. Always watch the front end, because you can easly take something out and not realize you were that close.
     
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