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Old 03-17-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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New Outback Owner!

Hello everyone, We just purchased our 1st Keystone RV- the Outback 316RL. We are very excited and a little apprehensive about parking this beautiful but very long RV. We sold a Jayco 23J Hybrid which we loved but just didn't want to do the set up anymore. We have an awesome 2010 Ford F150 4x4 with 5.9 litre engine and heavy duty towing package. The test tow at the dealer went very well so it should be fine. Looking forward to sharing great family weekends with our 2 girls and Bichon Max.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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Nice camper, good luck with it. I hope it all goes well. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new rig and welcome to the forum. Happy camping!

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Old 03-18-2014, 05:14 AM   #4
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Congrats! Just take your time & enjoy!
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:19 AM   #5
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Welcome to the OUTBACK !!

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Old 03-18-2014, 11:14 AM   #6
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Welcome to the fold. I to have a 316RL and F150 4x4. Might be pushing against the grain, but my test pulls went well also. Outstanding brakes on my 2012 when compared to other trucks in the past!
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:27 PM   #7
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Backup Parking Very Long RV 316RL

Hello everyone, can anyone offer any tips or advice about more easily backing a 35 ft trailer into a provincial part spot? Thanks !
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:41 PM   #8
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Hello everyone, can anyone offer any tips or advice about more easily backing a 35 ft trailer into a provincial part spot? Thanks !
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:07 PM   #9
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Hello everyone, can anyone offer any tips or advice about more easily backing a 35 ft trailer into a provincial part spot? Thanks !
One tip I learned, is that when backing, put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. The direction you turn the wheel this way is where your trailer's rear will go. Hope this is of some help.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #10
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Always have a spotter and hand held 2 way radios are a big help!!

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:30 PM   #11
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Work out a system that works with you and your spotter in advance. With us, I watch the rear of the tt from the side, and as long as DH is not gonna hit anything, I keep quiet & let him handle it with just a few hand signals. If it's a really tight spot, and the road is narrow, we put one of the kids (16) to watch the front of the truck so DH can focus on where the back of the TT is going. DD's only purpose at the front is to yell if the front of the truck is gonna hit something. It seems the more people you have yelling and running around, the harder it is for the driver.


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Old 03-19-2014, 11:13 PM   #12
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We have hand held radios and we just bought a wireless back up cam for the back bumper of the Outback.


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Old 03-20-2014, 04:08 AM   #13
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One tip I learned, is that when backing, put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. The direction you turn the wheel this way is where your trailer's rear will go. Hope this is of some help.
This is the best advice I ever received regarding backing up. My other piece of advice would be to back in from the direction where you are looking over your left shoulder (driver's shoulder). Put a spotter on the passenger side. I always find that if I back into a campsite in this direction, I can usually be close on this side and have plenty of room on the blind side (watch for the picnic table!). One more....do a rough measurement of how far your off-side slide sticks out (I used my 'wingspan'), so you can quickly hop out of the truck, put your arms out (or a measure) and know that you have enough room to open your slide.

A few practices, and you'll get used to it! Don't worry about others watching you, and if you get truly frustrated, don't hesitate to admit newness and ask for help. When I was first learning, it truly killed me to let someone else hop in and back it in for me, but there were times, after more than a 1/2 hour or trying, that I just was too far gone to ever get it in anyhow!
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Try You Tube

There are a lot of good videos on You Tube ...


Just search on "Backing Travel Trailer"
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