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Old 28 November 2011, 16:27   #21
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Also remember when pulling out infront of other traffic ,roundabouts /road junctions ect that you have a bit more added on the back end ,
and as others have said earlier in the thread keep an eye on the speed ,

Biggest short shock you may find is that after towing for a good distance and the boats been in the rear view mirrors for hours on end ,then you uncouple it and drive with just the car,,look in the mirror ,, and you think ,,S..T! something missing .

and dont forget to clip on the safety brake- away cable or just the safety chain if its unbraked .
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Old 29 November 2011, 02:46   #22
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Oh and try to get the navigation right because 3 point turns with a trailer are impossible on small roads. If you do need to turn round then you will need to uncouple the trailer. If you've locked the trailer to the car it is best to know where the keys are before you've blocked half the road with a 'jacknifed' trailer.
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Make sure the jockey wheel is fully retracted or wound up too before driving,,,
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stuggle with my small box trailer. .
Get out and do it by hand.....
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When reversing a trailer, I try to think that the trailer is like a wheelbarrow - if you want a wheelbarrow to go left, you push the handles to the right... using the rear of the car as 'pusher'

Start with just a very very small amount of steering, and, just as soon as the trailer starts to turn, spin the steering wheel around in the opposite direction so that the towing vehicle starts to follow the trailer around the curve (and then straighten up the towing vehicle before the rig itself becomes straight) - when you are driving forwards, notice that you always begin to take the steering off long before you have completed the turn

The smaller and lighter the trailer, the more susceptible it becomes to bumps and slopes in the ground, especially when pushing uphill against gravity, so look at the surface conditions

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