Highway to Hoeftland

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Our Casita and our Honda Ridgeline at the storage facility.

Our Casita and our Honda Ridgeline at the storage facility.

This last weekend we decided to spend each day driving around town and taking turns backing up the Casita, hitching, and unhitching the trailer. Everything was easy—except for the backing up part!

We asked our friend Bud, who has towed trailers and boats for the past 30 years, to join us on the first day at a nearby park to practice backing up. He provided us some good tips and extra confidence, but we both realized quickly that backing up was not going to be trouble-free.

You know the advice people give to put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, and then slightly turn it each way you want the trailer to go? Well, that’s the tactic we took but it only worked a tiny bit. The other times, the Casita seemed to have a mind of its own!

The first day after Mike was struggling to back the trailer into a parking spot and could not get it in the lines

Our storage parking spot. We paid $60.00 for this spot since our HOA won't allow RVs in the driveway. Tight squeeze!

Our storage parking space. We paid $60.00 for this space since our HOA won’t allow RVs in the driveway. Tight squeeze!

after many tries, I started wondering if I would be better at it. I thought to myself, “Maybe I’ll be a natural at backing up; I’ll show Mike how it’s done.”

Then it was my turn. Fail! I was even worse! I somehow managed to get the Casita and truck into a corner in the wide-open parking lot and then couldn’t get out of the corner. Mike took over and was able to get it free again.

After the second day of practice, Mike was much better at backing up the trailer, so that gives us hope that practice is all we will need to get good at it.

In the meantime, where are those pull-through spots? We will keep an eye out for those. 😉

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