Learning to back with a car trailer

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  1. jetsetjosh

    jetsetjosh Bobtail Member

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    Just started CDL school and backing seems like a paradox. Was wondering if practicing with a car backing a boat/camper would help? Any driving schools that give lessons backing a car with trailer?
     
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  3. Mr Uturn

    Mr Uturn Light Load Member

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    If you dont like backing a 53 trailer. Just remember the smaller (shorter) the trailer. The HARDER it is to back.
     
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  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    I find it so much easier to back up a stinger being a car carrier in the past . Its harder for me to back up my 53 step
     
  5. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Dont worry bud , you not going to be backing up very often
     
  6. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I have a bass boat, I actually prefer backing my big truck (I pull tanker). For one thing, I can see much better because of the mirrors. Also, I drive and back that thing every day. My bass boat once a week or so.
     
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  7. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    Only if the axles are not at the 41ft kpra.
    Then the trailer backs like a 48ft with 8ft of rear overhang.
     
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Your car and boat trailer will react WAY faster that a semi-truck and trailer. If you can learn to back the boat trailer you can learn to back the 53 foot trailer.
     
  9. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Just put a ball on your garden tractor, then the wheelbases resemble a big rig.

    I haven't driven a rig in a long time but I use the 'tricks' I learned every time I take the boat out.
     
  10. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    Absolutely. I was in the same situation, just couldn't get backing up. Then went to U-Haul, rented the biggest truck and trailer they had and spent a whole day practicing at an empty Kmart parking lot.
    Passed the test next day without problems
     
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