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Old 06-05-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Towing Lessons

My husband and I own a 40ft Montana. I can tow pretty well except I do not know how to back up. Where do people go to learn to tow their RV's? Don't want to learn more from my husband but I want to become more proficient at towing. We are getting older and I know I need to be able to hitch up and tow if anything happens to my husband.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:53 PM   #2
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If you attend the National Rally, the woman's driving school will do that for you. There are RV driving schools that fequently are associated with Escapee or FMCA rallies. Or, if you have an out of business shopping center near you go down there and let your husband teach you where you have plenty of room to learn, but lines on the road to help you know when you've got it right.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:53 PM   #3
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We do have a ladies driving class at the Fall Rally. You might try a trucking company as some of them do give lessons.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:55 PM   #4
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We used a commercial truck driving instructor; he had all of the test areas (for our qualifying road test) covered, and he also provided us lots of practical knowledge gained from his own driving and teaching others. Money well spent !
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:02 PM   #5
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I would recommend the university of You Tube!
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:58 PM   #6
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you can practice in a large empty parking lot too.


think of the process as three things:
connecting; pulling and backing up.


you can practice connecting anywhere. if not your husband then when at a campground find someone to teach you
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:58 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=DQDick;1146590]If you attend the National Rally, the woman's driving school will do that for you. There are RV driving schools that fequently are associated with Escapee or FMCA rallies. Or, if you have an out of business shopping center near you go down there and let your husband teach you where you have plenty of room to learn, but lines on the road to help you know when you've got it right.[/QUOTE

Thank you so much for your reply. I am a teacher so I can't make the rallies. Lots of out of business shopping area but I really don't want my husband as an instructor.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:03 PM   #8
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You're so right about being at a campground and asking for help! Campers are the friendliest people and always willing to help!
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:25 PM   #9
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On occasion I have backed in rigs owned by others. It take time and lots of practice to get good at it.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:50 PM   #10
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A big parking lot is where I learned. You just need to get used to what the trailer does when you turn the wheel.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:05 PM   #11
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I recommend the "ask for assistance at a RV Park". That is where I got the best advice for towing (backing in and going forward) for an experienced and friendly RVer who was camped next to us. The hooking up to the RV and unhooking--the RV park is the most available spot. My advice--always go SLOW. No need to speed or rush.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:47 PM   #12
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Point the trailer

Before starting to backup, and as you pull just past the site you want, "cock" the trailer, or point the trailer to the opening so it starts heading for the site the instant you start backing up. For example, you are assigned a nice slanted site on the right side of the access road, which slants back away at an angle. As you pull past the site, stay somewhat on the middle/right side of the road, and as you begin to stop, turn the front of your towing vehicle to right which will turn the trailer rear end to the right and is started to be lined up for backing in.

As you back in, follow the trailer wheels in your right mirror to keep them parallel with the side lines of the site. And watch the left front of truck so not to hit something on the left of the road. Going forward and back to adjust as needed. A big empty parking lot is a good practice yard.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:23 PM   #13
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When backing a 5er, place one hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move the bottom hand in the direction you want the back of the trailer to go.
Practice is necessary. Go SLOWLY!
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Its just like many thing in life (like drywall finishing), The more you do it the better you get at it. It takes time.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:06 AM   #15
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If you were born and raised on a ranch you learned to back a hay wagon at an early age. Backing a 5er is a snap, backing a hay wagon is tough.
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When backing a 5er, place one hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move the bottom hand in the direction you want the back of the trailer to go.
Practice is necessary. Go SLOWLY!
This is the way you back a RV.

Just a note when taking School bus driver training we learned that over 60% of all accidents occured .... when backing... therefore we try to avoid backing backing wherever possible.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:38 AM   #17
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You have to just go out there and do it. It takes some practice. I have backed up my trailer many times and only a few times I got it perfect the first time. I can hit the spot but the challenge is to be straight in the space.

Sometimes I have to stop and think which way to turn the wheel but if you ain't thinking than you ain't doing it right. First thing is not to be afraid to do it and don't care who is watching. They may not be any good at backing it up ether. I don't even care if the space is a back in or pull through. Be Brave You can do it.
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