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post #1 of 30 Old 11-21-2010, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Can't Back up a Trailer - Help!

I have a hell of a time trying to back up my utility trailer with my jeep!! Can I get a trailer hitch on the front bumper to push it??
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Why cant you back it up?
Practice makes perfect.....

Mount a flag or something on it if not being able to see it is the problem...

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Yeah, watching my wife try to back up a trailer is good for a beer and a laugh! (quietly, behind her back, or she'd kick my ass!) I tell her "Just remember to steer away from where the trailer should go" but it's counter intuitive for her.

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how long is it? remember the smaller the trailer the smaller the movement on the steering you need.

im the only one out of all my friends that knows how to drive with/back a trailer. ive been backing trailers at the boat ramp with dad since i was about 8.

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Why cant you back it up?
Practice makes perfect.....

Mount a flag or something on it if not being able to see it is the problem...
Yeah practice makes perfect!

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I have a short trailer as well, and backing up the first few times was really embarrassing..... just go slow and turn slowly. If you start to turn too much in the wrong direction, pull forward a bit to straighten out and try again.

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I've had my commercial license for 18 years now, and still find truck drivers who can't back up their trailer. When I first was learning to improve my skills I would take some cones in a parking lot and practice parallel parking with a 28' trailer. I would recommend just practicing somewhere you can't damage anything and keep your turns small. Biggest mistake people make are over steering and not having a plan before backing. Good luck
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go slow and dont over correct. x3 on the smaller it is, the harder its gonna be to get where you want it. I did grounds keeping at boarding school and drove a tractor with about a 6' trailer. that was interesting at 15 yrs old, but taught me how to back a trailer up, haha

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post #9 of 30 Old 11-21-2010, 02:24 PM
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Hold the bottom the steering wheel. From there if you want it to go right steer right, go slow with small steering adjustements.
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yes, someone does make a front receiver. I have one on mine. i do not remember where it cam from. i bought it off ebay about three years back.

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Yea I hate backing up trailers too, I always get at least one clown that likes to see if I'll flip it over......



Seriously, it really does just take practice and even still every once in awhile you get a stray turn and have to look stupid, fortunately I just claim to be stupid before I even get started.....


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Practice, Practice, Practice.

And, the smaller trailers are harder then the bigger ones. My Harley trailer was more difficult to back into the back yard then Hitmoney's 32 foot car hauler that we took to Moab.

That is, until, I backed over the tree in the Waffle House parking lot!
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if u have a steel bumper just weld a receiver under it!
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Nice trailer... hopefully mine will look as nice once I've fixed her up.

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Nice trailer... hopefully mine will look as nice once I've fixed her up.
This one now resides in WranglerV8's garage...


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I have one on mine also. It is an olympic.

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Did anybody mention to Practice? a lot!!! hahaha I learned when I had my first Waverunner. Good Luck and be patience.

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Find a large parking lot near where you live that's big enough to turn around in, etc. and empty at night.

With no one around to laugh at you, pick a space and practice trying to back the trailer into that space until you get it. It's not that hard once you get used to how the trailer moves. Pushing it from the front won't be any different than backing it up, you still have to turn the wheel the opposite way you want the trailer to go. It's just a more expensive way of making just as much work for yourself.

Also, some small utility trailers have a solid (as in one piece) axle, where the right and left tires always move at the same speed. These are always going to be harder to turn because one wheel can't stop while the other moves. It's like trying to drive on the road with a front locker engaged. The straighter the line to your parking spot the better.

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etrailer.com sells the front hitch for the JK, $149.95

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also when backing up, use your side mirrors as your guide, don't turn around. By doing this you can do two things,

Use the side of your jeep as a line to judge your trailer by, you should be able to see straight down the both of them and back straight up.

When sitting normal and using the mirror then your mind isn't tricked on which way to turn the wheel and it is a good way to get some confidence in backing up.

Also, it's important to go slow and don't oversteer
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I have a long trailer, and I find it very easy to back it up....first time every time. You can see every adjustment happen easily.

I also have a very short utility trailer...and I find it extremely difficuly to back it up...takes me 10 tries every time. It has a mind of it's own. It seems to be backing up straight, and all of a sudden it is shooting off at an angle.


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I had a 8 foot utility trailer for my dirt bike. It was a bitch to back up, especially at the track when people were zipping in and out and lots people standing around to watch me. I wound up getting the hang of it but it is tricky when you get tripped up.

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I had a 8 foot utility trailer for my dirt bike. It was a bitch to back up, especially at the track when people were zipping in and out and lots people standing around to watch me. I wound up getting the hang of it but it is tricky when you get tripped up.
..I know what you mean...the majority of my practice came from pulling a 20 foot dovetail with a 40' RV ...I got real good after learning how the camera distorts what is really happening.


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An easy thing to remember is to hold your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move your hand to the left, the trailer goes left. Move your hand to the right, the trailer goes right. Its an easy way for a beginner to get used to it. When I got my class A a couple years ago one of the instructors used this to teach some of the unexperienced trailer backer upers.

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Use a 4dr JK to back up a stubby little M416 (that is completely invisible in the mirrors except when it decides to really take a walk) for awhile and you'll get to where a "normal" trailer annoys you because it takes so long to respond!

like theses guys said, find an open parking lot and pick a parking spot and practice getting it in there - a lot!


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