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How to Back Up a Trailer: ...and 101 Other Things Every Real Guy Should Know Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Kurt Anderson is a jack-of-all-trades--and master of none. A regular contributor for Family Handyman and Outdoor Life, Kurt knows how to get into (and usually out of) trouble, both in and out of the home. When he's not throwing hay bales or hammering nails, you can find him roaming northern Minnesota, riding (and repairing) his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and fixing things he's managed to foul up. He lives in Brookston, MN.
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Top Customer Reviews
Even the title section on how to back up a trailer only covers straight-line backing. It doesn't tell you how to back into a space at an angle, which is actually safer when you do it to the left because you can see where the trailer is going and the path in front of it by looking over your left shoulder. Straight line backing isn't as unsafe as "blind side" backing (backing-up at an angle to your right), but it should not be the preferred method in many situations.
If you really want to learn how to back-up a trailer, here is how non-straight-line backing-up done:
1. With the vehicle sitting still, turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction which you want the trailer to travel. Turn the steering wheel as far as it will go in that direction.
2. Start backing-up slowly, and pay attention as the trailer begins to turn in the proper direction.
3. Check your mirrors. Don't get too fixated on the trailer or you might hit something with your car as it turns. Look around frequently.
4. As the trailer travels in the direction you want, straighten out the steering wheel to keep the trailer from jack-knifing.
5. Turn the steering wheel in the direction in which the trailer is traveling, using the steering wheel to make the car follow the trailer in its circular arc.
6. Keep checking your mirrors and looking around to make sure your car and trailer don't hit anything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for an out-of-town relative. They were pleased to receive it.Published 3 months ago by RUSSELL B.
grand daughter liked it since she recently received her drivers license.Published 4 months ago by Large Richard
This book is great! I know now how to back a trailer up like a pro! Thank_you!Published 4 months ago by kat
I gave it to a woman friend who is actually trying to learn how to back up her trailer. Can't say that she learned yet, however, she loves the book.Published 8 months ago by Ree Strawser
My husband and I both love reading this. Good logical advice for many of life's obstacles.Published 13 months ago by Shopaholic