There comes a time after buying that camper trailer you will
need to reverse it. This is where the fun begins. Try this
Sit in a normal position in the drivers seat facing forward &
use your side mirrors where possible to navigate the trailer.
Hold your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel & simply
move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to go. Yeap it's that easy.
If the trailer starts going off track to the passenger side,
the trailer needs to come back to the drivers side. You need
to bring it back in line by moving the bottom of the steering
wheel to the drivers side. Just how far to move the steering
wheel will depend on how much you need to bring the trailer
back in line. By keeping an eye on the trailer & continually
moving the wheel in short moves the trailer will stay in line.
Your brain seems to co-ordinate with direction better this
way, rather than holding your hand at the top of the wheel &
moving the wheel in the opposite direction. Never been any
good at rubbing my stomach & patting my head at the same time.
Like everything, reversing takes practice, so get down to your
local open space & try reversing in a straight line at first
using the above method. Then as you get the hang of it try
turning the trailer & follow it with your vehicle to achieve
ninety degrees. Take special note of any stone guard mounted
on the front of the camper so don't break your vehicles rear
lights if you happen to jack knife it.
It all takes practice so don't be disappointed if you don't
get it first go. Don't forget your navigator/co-pilot is very
useful in keeping an eye on your progress & directing you from
the rear with a handheld CB, especially in caravan parks where
kids can be running around.