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    Backing up trailer

    Riding a Harley Electra Glide with no reverse, Am I the only person in the world who has trouble backing up the bike when pulling my trailer?

    I've pulled trailers with a truck for years and had no problems backing up anything. But the bike is something else. You turn the bars and you lean the bike ... both mean I can't catch the trailer when it starts to turn.

    Is it easier with a Gold Wing with reverse?

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    Re: Backing up trailer

    It does take some practice to figure it out. I need reverse to back up because i can not flat foot the bike and my feet slip when trying to push backwards. I try to watch where I park so I don't have to back up or park so I am backing down a grade ( down hill).

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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Iím pretty selective where I park. If possible I position myself up hill to make it
    easier to roll back OR in a pull thru parking spot. The trailer still jack knifes
    quickly if Iím not careful.

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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Personally, I stop the bike, get off, disconnect the trailer and easily push the trailer where I want it to go. Why back up a camping trailer when you really don't need to? My Bunkhouse is very easy to maneuver even fully loaded!
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    Re: Backing up trailer

    I've had 4 campers over the years from popups to 30'. The hardest to back up was the single axle popup camper. With my Mini Mate I watch so i don't have to back up far.

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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Short tongue (comparatively speaking) means it'll 'knife on ya quick. I was a truck driver for years and when I was pulling my Rally Wagon I tried never to put myself where I had to do any significant backing. It had a pretty long draw bar on it.. so it wasn't horrible.. but still not something you'd wanna do a lot of.

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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by wingpilot08 View Post
    Personally, I stop the bike, get off, disconnect the trailer and easily push the trailer where I want it to go. Why back up a camping trailer when you really don't need to? My Bunkhouse is very easy to maneuver even fully loaded!
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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Having Reverse makes it real easy. I also always back into parking spaces-unless I can pull thru, makes it much safer pulling out of the space, instead of backing blindly into traffic.
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    Re: Backing up trailer

    Watch where I park so I can pull straight out if possible or like Gailforce I make sure it's down hill when backing out if possible but I've backed out of parking spaces when necessary without too much trouble. Go to a mall parking lot and practice...
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    Re: Backing up trailer

    No problem backing up, just use the mirrors and take your time. Pull through is safest and easiest. New Yamaha Venture has a reverse also.

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