I’ve had a couple of driving lessons since my first one. The most recent being yesterday. Lots of progress to report. I backed it up to the hitch and was closer and and more directly lined up then I’ve been yet.
Then in backing up into the spot, I was straighter than I’ve been yet. I started to the right, parallel with the front curb. So I had to turn the trailer, follow with the SUV and then straighten both to back all the way in. The biggest thing to remember is to start with the SUV and the trailer straight. If one or the other is out of line you’re screwed before you even start. The other thing to remember is to move in small increments and re-evaluate. This way if one or the other starts to turn in the wrong direction you can fix it before it gets too out of whack.
Now, what makes it so hard is you have to turn the wheel the opposite way of the way you want to make the trailer turn then turn the opposite direction to get the SUV to follow. The other part is not turning the wheel too much. It doesn’t take much of a wheel turn to get the trailer or SUV to start turning. Ugh, so many things to remember!
This being lesson three, it is starting to make more sense and come together. We only did a couple of practice exercises today and ended with a near perfect parking job.
The next challenge was back at the house. I had to back into the driveway avoiding the mailbox, cable lines, a Jeep and the house. It’s a long driveway. I started to the left of the driveway to back in. So I was doing a blind back in from the passenger side just to make it more interesting.
It went really well. I missed all of the obstacles and parked it straight in the yard. I love ending on a good note. I’m sure I will feel like I’m starting all over again once I get my 33ft trailer but at least I will have the basic principals down.