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Bumpyroad

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many years ago, I was living in a mobile home park and a late arrival was pulling a TT and was nervous about backing it in. the park owner knew that I backed my boat trailer all the time and thought I knew what I was doing and asked if I would back it in for them. [emoticon] a 15 ft boat is not the same as a 25 ft TT.

with plenty of spotters we were successful however. a large TT or 5er I would not attempt.
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I have jumped in and helped by driving several times over the decades, although I've not backed someone else's trailer yet. I have helped such cases by providing directions of the "turn the wheel left/right" sort.

So, yeah, I don't think the OP need worry that she'd be left stranded at a campground. Campers are usually helpful folks, in my experience (which -- scary thought -- now stretches back 65 years or so).





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I am solo (widow) and have certainly accepted help in backing into a campsite if it was offered. Some people offer to guide me in, some would rather just back it in. At 77, I have no pride or shame and will accept any help offered when it comes to backing in. I try to get pull-thru's when possible.

You may be one of those who can back it in perfectly.. your husband maybe able to guide you in. Go for it.

I used to do all the work associated with traveling, so that part is still OK with me. Good Luck and happy trails.

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I have helped several people also. For some reason, I can not tell you which way to turn the wheel, but I can back up better than most people I have ever met. Now a good friend we camp with a lot can tell someone exactly which way to turn the wheel.

I have also been yelled at and told "I know what I am doing" when they obviously don't have a clue when I have asked if they would like some help. I drove semis for 17 years, and I grew up on a farm, so I can back stuff up.

Another couple we camp with, well, she can back up a 4 wheel grain trailer with a tractor, but will not back up their boat. If you don't know what a 4 wheel grain trailer is, they are TOUGH to back up. So occasionally I get to back up their boat with her pickup which is much nicer than my pickup. So don't worry about asking for help, I would be very surprised if you didn't get help. Also don't be afraid to ask for help to back it up, someone will help you.


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I too was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome and spent 10 weeks in hospital and rehab. I was almost totally paralyzed and could not even do up a button or operate the television remote. the GBS morphed into Chronic Inflammatory Dymylenating Polyneuropathy (which is chronic GBS) and now today I only use a cane when outside, and walk 30-40 minutes a day, and drive a standard shift car. It does get better (at least for me) by taking prednisone and infusions of immuglobulin every 3 weeks. Tell you hubby to stick to it. Hey I just got a new drone and license to fly. Also Google GBS support groups. Lots of good information there as well. Good luck on the backing in.

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Thats why they have pull through sites.


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I have watched people struggle to back in and have wanted to offer to back their trailer in for them but haven’t because I think it might make them feel embarrassed. I have taught various people to back up a trailer well enough to get their commercial drivers license in a matter of minutes. Ask someone who is proficient at backing to teach you prior to going camping and you’ll be fine. If you do struggle in the campground don’t be afraid to ask someone for help.


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Some of us are wired to help those that cannot help themselves.

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My buddy and I saw a lady with a diesel pusher having issues backing and we helped her out. Men, however, have tended to want us to mind our own business so we just grab a beer and watch.

Or you could camp only where there are pull-thrus.

BTW, when I am setting up my dealer's RV shows I can park and set up 85 assorted trailers in 2 days using a forklift. But I still have trouble backing with my truck. Go figure, lol.


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I would ask if the person needed a hand and would be more than happy to back it in if they asked me. I know from experience people do get frustrated when backing in and I wouldn’t want to make them anymore frustrated by assuming they need my help. Ask and I’ll be happy to.


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