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Got the trailer !!

Postby andriesbike » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:03 pm

Ordered a 6x4 trailer from Carac in Dandenong(vic) as the station wagon can't carry the tent, ice-boxes, chairs, clothes, sleeping bags, etc...and still have room for the kids.

Picked it up yesterday, very pleased. Now I just have to work out how to drive with a trailer (I've only just sold my motorbike after riding for 24 years).

Might have to practice in the backstreets before the big Easter trip ! :shock:
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:14 pm

Swweeeeet :armsup

Driving forwards with a 6x4 trailer is easy as, really not much difference until you weigh it down, then it effects braking considerably, so keep that in mind. But as far as going wide on the corners etc you shouldn't really have to worry. Reversing on the other hand can be time consuming, embarrassing, and fun.... for those watching at least :mrgreen:
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Postby andriesbike » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:22 pm

Any reversing tips ???
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Postby Kramer » Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:16 pm

andriesbike wrote:Any reversing tips ???


Find some space and practice practice practice, thats the only way :grin:
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:47 pm

Kramer wrote:
andriesbike wrote:Any reversing tips ???


Find some space and practice practice practice, thats the only way :grin:


yeap


and having low range helps, but somehow i dont think camry's have it LOL 8)
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Postby Barby-Q » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:11 am

A longer draw bar on the trailer helps .
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Postby Scolers » Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:16 am

Kramer wrote:
andriesbike wrote:Any reversing tips ???


Find some space and practice practice practice, thats the only way :grin:


Ditto to Kramer aslo some ppl find it easier to hold the steering wheel from the bottom becuase that way you turn the way you want to go as opposed to when you hold it from the top of the wheel. FYI I hold it from the top of the wheel.

Good luck!

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Postby Komodo » Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:06 pm

Holding the wheel at the bottom is a common tip. I know a few of our semi drivers do it. (and hell can they reverse a trailer!)

I personally hold it from the top - but i learnt to reverce a trailer before I lernt to drive a car :P
Not as good as I used to be though these days I reverse the boat into the shed then unhook it and push it down the shed - back when i used to drive a trailer a lot i'd revese it straight in and turn it to park it into position. These days i dont like doing too much turning.

Use your mirrors lots too its easier than relying on turning your head over your shoulder.

Mind how you load the trailer and load heavier items over the axles.

Oh and practice and dont be scared to ask someone to guide you!
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Postby Scolers » Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:24 pm

Komodo wrote:Oh and practice and dont be scared to ask someone to guide you!


With the exception of the wife ... unless you want to head for the divorce courts ... ::()

Honestly, I get my 13 y/o son to help ... I can't divorce him!

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Postby Jok » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:52 pm

Find an empty car park on the w/e and try backing using the parking
lines as guides-they do no damage !
6 x 4's can be mongrels to back as they can take off sideways pretty
quick- all to do with length of car whellbase and towball to trailer wheels
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