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Sdbousson

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39.9 ft fifth wheeler. FIRST time drivers. Getting dark, unable to manage the TINY back up space at the storage facility. Now we move to get out of the facility and find ourselves unable to maneuver around the TINY...(did I mention TINY?) drive to even exit. So we begin to back up... right up close to the fence on the right hand side of the camper.
Vehicle is slightly angled and we are unable to straighten to back straight out. Turn right? Back end goes toward the fence. Turn left? Front side turns to the fence.

This fence is really a problem and I don’t believe they will let us cut the dang thing down.

Any ideas? For the night we just unhooked it and left it literally near the fence.

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There is probably a helpful, most of us are, fifth wheel owner near you that will maneuver your fiver out and back in if you are staying.


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If it went in without hitting the fence, it can come out without hitting the fence. But it may take a really skilled person to do it.

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How did it get in there? Perhaps it's best to wait until light, and find someone to haul it out for you.

Then hie yourself to the nearest large parking lot, and spend several hours practicing maneuvering your new purchase.


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Have a spotter and make very slow and very small moves. Your goal is to slowly move it away from the fence. It could take twenty or more back and forth moves, but you can slowly inch it away. The nice thing is every time you move it back and forth you will gain some experience and confidence in what you are doing.

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Wait till light, and try it again. Don't get frustrated and rug it. That could get expensive. You will have to drift off the fence very gradually. No sharp turns.

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Thank you thank you thank you ALL! We were making huge right and left turns not the tiny finesse moves that will be necessary! LOVE YOU ALL!

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agesilaus wrote:

There is probably a helpful, most of us are, fifth wheel owner near you that will maneuver your fiver out and back in if you are staying.


Take advice, but hard to be sure the one giving knows. Nobody else s responsible.

BB_TX wrote:

If it went in without hitting the fence, it can come out without hitting the fence. But it may take a really skilled person to do it.


A "really skilled person" can be replaced by a person that moves slow, and thinks about each move before he makes it.

Hook back up, and be sure the TV is straight in front of trailer. You will want a spotter, and want them at the right front of TV, where can watch the right side, and you can watch them. If back of trailer is not hitting fence, there is some distance you can turn to left as you go forward. Once the right side wheels are ahead of the left in relation to the fence, the trailer will be moving away from fence. Go straight forward as far as you can, stop. Should have the rig in a line. Crank wheel hard to right, back up a little, maybe a foot, then go hard left, and ease back, straightening the wheel, with the goal of getting TV back straight in front of trailer in the shortest distance you can. Hopefully, when the rig is straight, the trailer is parallel to fence, and farther from it. Go back as far as you can, making only small corrections to keep it straight. Repeat, but because you are starting with a little more room for tail swing, you can turn left a little more to start, so when you go as far forward as you can, and make that sharp right cut to back, you can go back a little more to get trailer parallel to fence.

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Thank you all We have 9 hours left of daylight and are heading out!
Anyone know of a place near Newnan, Sharpsburg, Peachrtree city with Storage (AND ROOM TO PARK....) this monster?

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Sdbousson wrote:

Thank you thank you thank you ALL! We were making huge right and left turns not the tiny finesse moves that will be necessary! LOVE YOU ALL!


Great lesson to learn early on! Tail-swing is a beast (and is exacerbated by the monstrous rear overhang on some rigs). Some spots require hard angles to get it in, others you have to finesse the tail as you noted here. The same lesson will apply at campgrounds, gas stations, etc... ALWAYS be aware of your tail-swing - and don't be afraid to have your co-pilot out spotting the blind side of that swing (my wife does it all the time).

Glad you figured it out - safe travels.

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