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Serious Hog
10-23-2013, 10:08 PM
On the left is our jam packed van, this is how we operated for our first 6-7 cooks. We finally HAD to break down and buy a trailer (see right) to haul behind the van. Fits everything we need nicely and packing/unpacking for comps is SO much easier. Still working on my backing up abilities though, so for now beware if you see me backing towards you!!

Ron_L
10-24-2013, 06:41 AM
Congrats on the new trailer!

Big George's BBQ
10-24-2013, 07:09 AM
Very Nice Congrats

KBird
10-24-2013, 07:14 AM
Remember, just turn the bottom of the steering wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go!:-D

early mornin' smokin'
10-24-2013, 07:24 AM
short trailers are inherently hard to backup! the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel trick works, but the shorter it is, the quicker it changes directions! good luck!

dhuffjr
10-24-2013, 08:43 AM
It makes a huge difference. We used to have our van crammed full as well.

Cast Iron Chef
10-24-2013, 09:23 AM
Nice. I have a 5x8 that fits everything. I usually get the trailer close and then me and my son hulk it into place. Videos of me backing up my driveway will be on utube some day.

BMerrill
10-24-2013, 12:51 PM
Get a trailer dolly. Then you can move it where you want it with ease.
Also add some leveling jacks, check ebay. 5,000 or 7,500 pound rating, 24" travel.

Fat Freddy
10-24-2013, 01:14 PM
short trailers are inherently hard to backup! the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel trick works, but the shorter it is, the quicker it changes directions! good luck!

Boy I sure hope that is true. I have a 16ft single axle camper that i cannot back up at all. Getting a 27ft bbq trailer tomorrow, so I really hope it is easier.

Jaskew82
10-24-2013, 02:08 PM
Congrats. I am a disaster backing up the trailer too.

dhuffjr
10-25-2013, 09:00 AM
Congrats. I am a disaster backing up the trailer too.
I'm entertaining to watch sometimes. You get the hang of it though. I've managed a 20 point turn in a cul-de-sac before. It wasn't pretty but I made it.

southpaw_1979
10-25-2013, 11:31 AM
Yes bottom of the steering wheel is how I always teach people who are new with a trailer so it definetly works, and practice makes perfect. Another trick, don't get flustered and let everyone around you get your wound up. Sometimes there are just too many people "helping".

Serious Hog
10-27-2013, 07:50 AM
Thanks so much y'all for all the great advice! I'll have all fall/winter long to practice backing, haha. Yesterday was our last comp of the season and was able to coax the organizer into giving us a spot where we never had to go in reverse. We were proud to take 4th in Ribs, considering we were up against some very tough competition.

New Pal Frank
10-28-2013, 06:41 AM
Boy I sure hope that is true. I have a 16ft single axle camper that i cannot back up at all. Getting a 27ft bbq trailer tomorrow, so I really hope it is easier.

Yes the longer trailer is slower to respond to turning.
A good spotter is a valuable asset.(and ONLY ONE spotter!!!!!)
Make sure if you have a spotter, they know that if they can not see the mirror on the truck, you can not see them.

Happy trailering.:-D

bignburlyman
10-28-2013, 08:31 AM
When I was in high school we got a boat, and my friends and I went to the lake every weekend. I couldn't back worth a damm, so my dad put a clamp on hitch on the front bumper. I would drop the trailer, turn the station wagon around and hitch on the front, then just drive it down the boat ramp. It was MUCH easier, lol.

Serious Hog
10-29-2013, 06:27 AM
When I was in high school we got a boat, and my friends and I went to the lake every weekend. I couldn't back worth a damm, so my dad put a clamp on hitch on the front bumper. I would drop the trailer, turn the station wagon around and hitch on the front, then just drive it down the boat ramp. It was MUCH easier, lol.

Hilarious David! If there were a hitch on the front of our van, I guarantee I'd give your method a go!