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How/when did you learn to pull a trailer?

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        07-30-2010, 12:08 AM
    I haven't learned yet.. too chicken!!! I've not even been driving a year, but that's nothing compared to you guys pulling with a permit! ;)

    A friend of mine's dad made her ride in the back of a trailer while he drove it around in a field to FEEL how she needs to drive in order to keep her horse safe. Then he let her drive it around. I thought that was a pretty snifty idea. :)
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        07-30-2010, 12:36 AM
    Green Broke
    I had only pulled a trailer a few times years ago before I got my horse (I did try to back the boat up at the river once - lol it wasn't pretty). I borrowed a trailer to move him and drove it 4 woo hoo miles!

    Then I bought my Brenderup. I hauled it home 260 miles in a stiff wind - but I did have an experienced hauler with me so that gave me courage. She told me to always give myself plenty of room...let off the gas way before you need to stop, take corner wide.

    The best advice she gave me was on backing up. Think SMALL. Turn SMALL. I can now (and have been for quiet awhile) back my trailer up pretty darn easy and back it though the double fence gates in our yard. I have NEVER hit it on anything. It takes practice and patience and small increments when you turn it!

    Good luck!
        07-30-2010, 07:41 AM
    I started out with boats in my early 20's. I worked at a marina on the base where I work and people would rent the boat for skiing. So I was the one stuck with puting it in the water.Took me a while to get the hang of it.Now I pull a 28ft (box) LQ but I still get nervous when I have to back it in... But I won't give it up......
        08-04-2010, 04:55 PM
    Subbing for info- just earned my permit, and will hopefully be learning to drive with a trailer in the next year. :) Have to ask my coach/instructor to help me!
        08-04-2010, 06:42 PM
    I learned to drive a truck and trailer when I was 17. My dad went with me while I drove an empty trailer around a few times, and then I was driving it by myself 2-3 times a week for about a year and a half.

    Other than what other people have mentioned, it helped me to plan my exact route before I went someplace, especially where I had room to turn around, and where I could park without being in the way.
        08-05-2010, 03:53 AM
    What a relief! Not to thread-jack, but my dad pulled out my grandpas old truck and rebuilt the engine so I can learn to 'pull my own darn trailer' and this thread makes me less... terrified.
        08-07-2010, 12:18 AM
    Let's see, I learned to back a bumper pull when I was 15. With a tractor and grain cart during wheat harvest. Between dumps from the combine, I started just backing randomly around in the stubble.

    I really learned to pull the next summer with gooseneck stock trailers hauling cattle. But I didn't start getting good in the backing department until I was probably 22. Now at 25, with just a little room, I can put a gooseneck where ever I want it. I still don't like backing bumper pulls, but can get 'er done.

    I work for a trucking company now, mechanicin', and while I don't have my CDL yet, i'm moving trucks and 53' trailers around the yard with relative ease. Hell, I can even back them into the bay of the shop.

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