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post #11 of 22 Old 03-22-2012, 08:45 PM
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I learned backing trailers the hard way....bought one and figured it out.
Goosenecks swing a little differently, but are infinitely more maneuverable than a bumper pull.
Go buy a toy version of your rig, and sit on the floor and play with it, pretending you're driving it.
Watch what the trailer does when you make different maneuvers, both sharp and gentle.
It will help you get a feel for where things need to be when you set yourself up to back it into place.
It is possible to park between 2 trailers with 1' on each side of yours, making only 3 moves, and hit it from a 90* angle.
Knowing your mirrors, knowing your truck, and knowing your trailer are important.
Practice is the only way to get better.
Having a decent coach is also a bonus.
If you come to AZ with your trailer, i'll show you how to do it, and hit it spot on every time. Then i'll teach you how to read your rig and set yourself up for success every time!

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post #12 of 22 Old 03-22-2012, 10:46 PM
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If you are not used to backing using your mirrors I suggest you first practice without your trailer. Once you have that down then try it with your trailer.
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post #13 of 22 Old 03-24-2012, 09:25 PM
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So from what I am reading, a gooseneck is easier to back than a bumper pull?
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post #14 of 22 Old 03-24-2012, 09:37 PM
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^^ it has been a while since I have had to back a bumper pull trailer of any kind but one thing I know for sure is I can turn around a gooseneck in a smaller space than a bumper pull. I can back up underneath a gooseneck and push it around, of course being careful of the tires and cab, where I can't with a bumper type..it just jack knifes.

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post #15 of 22 Old 03-24-2012, 10:13 PM
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I was struggling until a trucker told me to move my hand to the bottom of the steering wheel. Move it side to side like we instinctlvely do when it's on the top of the wheel. Worked like a charm.
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-24-2012, 11:06 PM
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I find if I know where my front wheel is in relation to the wheel well, I can back it up straight or turn it or whatever. Can't really tell you where my hand is on the steering wheel. Never had hauled a gooseneck before.
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post #17 of 22 Old 03-24-2012, 11:29 PM
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Let me try to explain what "set your self up means"
If you are going to back up to the left, as you are pulling up you turn your truck to the left so that the truck and trailer are in an arc so when you start backing up it is already headed in the correct direction. That is the biggest mistake people make is not starting the turn while they are actually going forward.
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-25-2012, 12:53 AM
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So from what I am reading, a gooseneck is easier to back than a bumper pull?
its different. For most, yes it's easier. But if someone has only pulled bumper pulls for a long time, a gooseneck may seem harder to back at first. A gooseneck is more maneuverable than a bumper pull so its easier to get it into smaller spaces. Its also easier just pulling in general because it follows the truck more around corners so you don't have to swing quite as wide. Its better on the truck and more stable when pulling because the weight is over the axle
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Practice, practice, practice is all I can say. Im good at backing up and hitching a normal hitch on 1 try. But its not easy for everyone.



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its different. For most, yes it's easier. But if someone has only pulled bumper pulls for a long time, a gooseneck may seem harder to back at first. A gooseneck is more maneuverable than a bumper pull so its easier to get it into smaller spaces. Its also easier just pulling in general because it follows the truck more around corners so you don't have to swing quite as wide. Its better on the truck and more stable when pulling because the weight is over the axle
They are easier to pull but bumper do follow your pickup track around a corner while goosenecks will cheat in. So you actually have to swing wider with a gooseneck going around corners. Not a big deal until you get to city streets or really narrow mountain roads.
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