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Old 09-28-2015, 06:36 AM   #11
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Comforting and helpful. Thanks everyone. When I got back yesterday it was much less stressful...but still took 10 minutes or so. Not complaining.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:51 AM   #12
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It's actually easier with longer 5'er's than shorter (in my experience)...
with our 35 footer I would zig zag all over the park
with the 41 footer I just had to learn to:
take my time,
make small corrections,
start my turn earlier than I thought,
and steer back (to follow) sooner than I thought

I actually got pretty confident with it even though we didn't camp in it much since it was in the shop or broken more times than not

Now that we are in the longer, more massive motorhome it's almost easy
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:48 AM   #13
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Backing up with a 5th wheel can be much more difficult then a traditional bumper pull.
The 5th wheel center point relative to the wheels, make turning the trailer less responsive to making corrections.
I have a slider and that 12" adjustment, makes quite a difference in backing up when necessary.
I think your physics is correct but your brain sees a different picture and reacts differently.
In a difficult location, I feels it's better to take smaller bites rather then thinking one shot is required. I does feel better though, when others are watching.
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:15 PM   #14
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Bob, I actually find it just the opposite. Backing up the 5th wheel is much more easier for me than my previous travel trailers. More responsive and feels like it's connected more solidly when turning.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:04 PM   #15
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Bob, I actually find it just the opposite. Backing up the 5th wheel is much more easier for me than my previous travel trailers. More responsive and feels like it's connected more solidly when turning.
Mark,
I hear you but with the pivot point on a 5th wheel almost directly over the wheels vs the pivot point back 3' or so on the rear bumper, the amount of wheel necessay to move that pivot point is so much more with a 5th wheel.
That may make it easier for some, more difficult for others.
When I had to back into a tight space or a tight turn, the bumper pull made it much easier for me to correct.
With the 5th wheel, when I have to turn really tight, I make the turn but can't correct enough to straighten out quickly, because that pivot point is so far forward.
I really think it boils down to what each person becomes comfortable with.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:38 PM   #16
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I sure you're correct Bob. We've had a 5th wheel for almost 10 years now and backing it up is like second nature now. (not that it goes smooth all the time) I just think it took 9 years to train my wife how to direct me. ,,don't tell her!!!
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:22 PM   #17
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I also have found through the years and upgrades that the longer the trailer, the easier it was to back it in. That darn pop up we had was always jack-knifing on me.
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:28 PM   #18
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I also have found through the years and upgrades that the longer the trailer, the easier it was to back it in. That darn pop up we had was always jack-knifing on me.
I have heard that from other people as well.
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:29 PM   #19
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I have heard that from other people as well.

Don't tell the Mrs, she just thinks I got better through the years. Truth is, it got easier.
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