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Old 05-17-2018, 07:16 AM
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How many of us have looked like this when we began . . .


and how many still do?
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:41 AM
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That is hilarious! I love Family Guy!

Hopefully, no self respecting THT'er is or was ever that bad. It does take some practice though and I remember learning with a single axle trailer that just loved to go squirrelly as soon as you put it in reverse.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:26 AM
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Still new to boating but luckily I grew up backing up trailers with tractors before I was 10 yrs old. It's second nature.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:36 AM
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Tremendous!!!!!!
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:02 AM
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I do!
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:19 AM
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What is the one most noticeable mistake or problem?
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Not driving a Rav4?
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by wezie View Post
What is the one most noticeable mistake or problem?
People who think the cost/size of their boat/hauler is a reflection of their real-world knowledge/skills.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:09 AM
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My first boat trailer was an overly short PWC trailer, behind an '82 Ram. That thing sucked to back down, and I sucked at backing down. Had to stand up in my seat to launch her. Good times.
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Messing with trailerable boats, RVs, and semi-trucks, I see an awful lot of folks having difficulties backing. I feel for them. Not everyone gets the opportunity to figure it out somewhere nice and private.
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LMFAO! some times on a beautiful boating morning we get a coffee and a chair at the ramp just to watch the entertainment.
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Originally Posted by The Drifter View Post
LMFAO! some times on a beautiful boating morning we get a coffee and a chair at the ramp just to watch the entertainment.
I do the same...LMAO......great entertainment
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:34 AM
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It is great entertainment to watch this.

Our south Florida ramps, such as Homestead Bayfront Park make this forum regularly for their crowds and yahoos. Once in a while I will get a little self conscious when trying to back amongst all the crowds and take a little longer than I wished. If no one is there then I am usually a pretty smooth operator.
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Originally Posted by Lobstercatcher229 View Post
It is great entertainment to watch this.

Our south Florida ramps, such as Homestead Bayfront Park make this forum regularly for their crowds and yahoos. Once in a while I will get a little self conscious when trying to back amongst all the crowds and take a little longer than I wished. If no one is there then I am usually a pretty smooth operator.
My wife can back the boat in as good as anybody and doesn't mind people being around unless it's someone that she knows.
I someone that she knows is there watching, she'll struggle every time. lol.
Now, I just back it in and let her handle the boat.
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Originally Posted by SOSC View Post
People who think the cost/size of their boat/hauler is a reflection of their real-world knowledge/skills.
True, they can drive a computer but not anything real or mechanical.
Experience is not necessary.

Given that basic character flaw and misperception, This driver is in a hurry. That is the main problem in my belief.
Knee jerk hurry by habit, or as in my allowing myself to be pushed by percieved peer pressure.
Been there and done that.

We can do better.


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https://www.etrailer.com/fitguidefmr.htm

Cheap and easy to install.
I never had too much trouble with the boat but I have other trailers that are a bugger to back up, especially into some of the tight spots on our property.
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I didn't get into boating until my late 20's.Before that I had plenty of practice with backing a 4 place horse trailer,as well as a 24ft camper.So backing up the boat was no big deal.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:54 PM
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Like a lot of things in life it takes practice and skill to be able to do this well.
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Mirrors don't lie.
Teaching my teenage sons to back boat up was stressful.


As much fun watching novices launch is watching drunks try and load after day of drinking.
In south Louisiana they set up restaurants next to launch just for the free entertainment.
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been there, done that
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