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Old 05-11-2021, 09:34 PM
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It is possible to back up, but it takes planning and practice. I used to back up a 4x8 trailer with a 66 passenger school bus. The bus had no seats and was filled with marching band equipment. That was 20 years ago. It was much easier to back a 53' trailer with a road tractor.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:33 AM
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I don't think it's all a matter of seeing it. It's so short coupled with the vehicle that the turning radius of the vehicle will not turn short enough to keep up with the trailer. They'll pull just fine, but they don't push worth a damn.

I have a couple of short trailers, and I ended up putting a ball & hitch on the front of my Polaris Ranger to push them back into the shed......and that's even chore sometimes.
Front hitch receivers are available for pickups to do just this. Also handy for pin on snowplows...

Dunno a bout vans though?
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:51 AM
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The secret to backing up a short reach trailer, or a 60 ft Super B, is to have a mental picture in your mind of what you are doing. You imagine that the trailer is the main vehicle, and the vehicle you are operating is the front wheels of the trailer "vehicle". Steer accordingly.

I built a 4x8 trailer with a 3ft reach and I can back it up with the 1 ton, I find that the moment I can see a bit of the trailer fender behind me in the left mirror, it is time to push it in the other direction til I see it in the right side mirror. and repeat.
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The secret to backing up a short reach trailer, or a 60 ft Super B, is to have a mental picture in your mind of what you are doing. You imagine that the trailer is the main vehicle, and the vehicle you are operating is the front wheels of the trailer "vehicle". Steer accordingly.

I built a 4x8 trailer with a 3ft reach and I can back it up with the 1 ton, I find that the moment I can see a bit of the trailer fender behind me in the left mirror, it is time to push it in the other direction til I see it in the right side mirror. and repeat.

Another secret of training is when your kids are 8yo, put them on the riding lawn mower and bribe them to back the tractor and small trailer around the 10 acre scrap yard thru the roads in the woods. Helps develop muscle memory. But then you need to keep those skills in training to stay sharp.


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Old 05-12-2021, 05:43 PM
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I got the trailer lights wired today and tested. Now all I need is the accessory whip from the service van’s factory trailer package wiring plug to the plug assembly for the hitch.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:39 PM
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The secret to backing up a short reach trailer, or a 60 ft Super B, is to have a mental picture in your mind of what you are doing. You imagine that the trailer is the main vehicle, and the vehicle you are operating is the front wheels of the trailer "vehicle". Steer accordingly.

I built a 4x8 trailer with a 3ft reach and I can back it up with the 1 ton, I find that the moment I can see a bit of the trailer fender behind me in the left mirror, it is time to push it in the other direction til I see it in the right side mirror. and repeat.
Exactly what I do.
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:02 PM
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Big trailers, small trailers, boat trailers, jet ski trailers, I can't back any of them up for shit. Man's got to know his limitations
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:20 AM
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I got the trailer lights wired today and tested. Now all I need is the accessory whip from the service van’s factory trailer package wiring plug to the plug assembly for the hitch.
Speaking of whips, a short buggy whip mounted on the tail of the trailer would let you know where the rear of the trailer is. The brand, Buggy Whip, is pretty expensive, should be able to find a knock-off cheaper.

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Old 05-13-2021, 01:10 PM
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Jack, I don't mean to 'poo-poo' your trailer or be the eternal pessimist, but I fear your learning curve to successfully back that little bastard will go on for quite some time........unless that van has four wheel steering......or put a ball on the front.

My best wishes be with you.
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