I don’t know about you, but I hate backing a trailer.
I’ll do it, but only under sufferance — and I’m the first to admit that I’m not very good at it.
We had a camper trailer for a bit that I inherited from my old man and getting it down the driveway wasn’t my idea of fun.
Think traffic, an acute angle, a driveway that dips, narrow gates and it was a real challenge, one that I knew I’d have to face each and every time I returned from hols.
Don’t know whatever happened to that damned camper, he says with a smile.
Every bloke knows what it’s like down at the tip on a Saturday arvo too.
Turning up, waiting in line and having to slot your trailer delicately between two others, with all eyes watching and a helpful child yelling: “This way, Dad. This way!”
But there’s some blokes like my mate Pete who can back a trailer as straight as an arrow.
No hesitation. He just swings around, puts it in reverse and starts backing up — just like sending a golf ball soaring down the fairway.
The secret apparently is in the length of the drawbar. The longer it is, the easier it will be to back.
Pete by the way is a terrible driver. Made us all sick once on a trip back from the Barossa. We took a vote and he wasn’t allowed to drive anymore.
But, getting back to trailers, the bloke in this video takes it to a whole new level.
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