Wife tries to back the trailer...

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Wife tries to back the trailer...

Postby Chappy » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:15 pm

So, Deb thought she would try to back the trailer down to retrieve the boat yesterday. She was feeling cocky after parking the truck earlier. Well, when she backed out of the parking stall, she jackknifed the trailer, busting the tongue lock, and stripping all wires from the plug. We had driven to the lake in different vehicles, so at least she was able to stay behind my lightless trailer for the ride home. I then noticed a little while ago that she scratched the bumper of my truck. I had told her that no matter what she does, don't jackknife it. Well, there you go. I have asked her to not touch my keys again:)
I took it in stride, and thanked her for her effort.
Other than that, it was a great 2012 maiden voyage.
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Postby shel » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:32 pm

Kudos for her trying! More wifes/girlfriends should learn to load/unload boats and back trailers. Would make life so much easier for everyone! Get her in a large empty parking lot and show her how it's done. Don't give up on her and kudos to you for not coming unglued!!!
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Postby sdk » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:49 pm

The only way she will learn is to practice, practice, practice. I'm glad my Hubby made me learn how to back a trailer when I bought my first boat 22 years ago. 8) :D
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Postby 04red207 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:40 pm

My wife will be learning soon! Will be learning how to trailer the boat too. Went out today for the first time this year and ramp was packed! Had to back the truck, run to the boat and trailer it. Guy helping out at the ramp hooked the strap and safety chain while wife pulled out. While packing up, noticed he strapped it over the roller, and left boat inches away from roller. Went to move it and strap broke. Nice!
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Postby AndrewT » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:05 am

What was she doing out of the kitchen? :D
Seriously , I have the same problem , I always rely on
male friends to back the trailer, however I have to give her
credit she backed the trailer into the car park couple of
outings ago and she did a good job. :)
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Postby joewithaboat » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:55 am

I love boat ramp stories :D :shock:
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Postby mrfatboy123 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:46 pm

My gf is actually really good backing trailer in water. It helps her family has always had boats and had a boat landing in their yard. Heck, I'll even let her pull it down the road. She's a keeper :lol:
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Postby 02blkws6 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:33 pm

My wife can't pull into a parking spot straight to save her life. I launch and retrieve the boat on my own.
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Postby twindaddy63 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:01 pm

I taught my wife to back a trailer the day after we bought our first boat 25 years ago. I grew up on a farm, so handling trailers and wagons has been second nature to me. (I didn't know you could get a pickup truck without a trailer until I was in the seventh grade!). Anyway, I knew that we would be at the lake several times per week and she was going to have to "man up" and do her part. It has made boating so much more enjoyable over the years--especially when we get to a busy ramp and we sit in line and watch those guys back the boat down the ramp, move the boat to the dock, go get the truck and park it, and then walk to the boat with their girl to go boating. WHAT? She can't 1) Back the boat trailer, or 2) Drive the boat to the dock, or 3) Park the truck????? Someone needs a new hobby or a new girl!

BTW--teach them to back using the mirrors. Much safer, can see what the trailer tires are about to hit, and can keep a second eye on the front of the tow vehicle to make sure you are not swinging into something.
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Postby 04red207 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:40 am

My young son asked this weekend if I had gone to a 'trailer backing' school and if mom could go.
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:28 pm

My wife pulls the empty trailer out of the water to park it and puts the boat on the trailer after I back the trailer down the ramp. She has gotten pretty good at it!...and she loves to run with the exhaust open...she's a keeper too!
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Postby Irie Mon » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:36 pm

So far I do all of the backing up of the trailer. My wife however takes the boat off and puts it on the trailer. She has become very good at it. Makes it easier at the ramp.
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Postby buyfire » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:59 am

my wife has tried backing the empty trailer one time about 8 years ago. jackknifed the trailer so bad she had it up on one wheel, dinged the bumper on the ole' beater truck, and hasn't tried again since. :lol:
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Postby 95LSDIY » Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:19 pm

Mine can't back her car into a parking spot lol. She has tried to back the trailer down without much luck lol, she didn't jacknife lol so I guess that's better than some. I either do it all myself or bring someone who can.
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Postby Jax » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:12 pm

I just naturally thought putting the boat on the trailer would be easier than her backing the trailer in...

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Ouch. Inks Lake dock, a little wind, and instructions from me to just "goose it a little" to swing the back end around. Need to have well defined terms before you give instructions! Hit the dock hard eough that I thought a fisherman was going to fall in. Five families we'd been camping with were watching. Needless to say, that was the last time she has been behind the wheel of any boat near any dock.

Turns out, she can back up the trailer more quickly than I can. She is very proficient and more than happy to do it. Regardless of the previous incident, I prefer this arrangement.
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