Are you still looking to master the art of backing up a horse trailer? If so, Featherlite Trailers can help you maneuver and back up a bumper pull horse trailer! Read these tips:
Ahhh, so you want to know about the pleasures of maneuvering a bumper pull horse trailer? Bumper pull trailers have many virtues. They are compact, store easily and do a lot with less space. They also are a very versatile hauling device. But maneuvering them can be tricky until you do it enough that it becomes second nature.
When going forward, the experts in the Featherlite Transportation department advise that you do not turn too sharply. That is, you don't want the tow vehicle and trailer to form a sharp angle. If you turn too radically in one direction, the rear bumper of the tow vehicle will hit the trailer hitch or tongue. You will lose steering capability. Crunching sounds can be heard. Anxiety ensues. Avoid this by simply keeping your turning arc larger rather than shorter.
To maneuver a bumper pull backwards, for example into a stall, simply turn the steering wheel in the direction the rear of the trailer is going. That will help bring the tow vehicle and the trailer into a straight line. So, looking into your side rear view mirror you see the back of the trailer veering left, turn your steering wheel left (counterclockwise). This will straighten the trailer. If the trailer is veering right, turn the steering wheel clockwise to the right. As you do this the tow vehicle will start to follow the trailer in line. When backing up, it also helps to have a spotter who can help direct you.
One other thing to remember. The shorter the trailer, the quicker it will turn. Short bumper pulls can jackknife more readily than longer ones. So turn at gentle angles for more safety and stability.
Trailering horses and going to shows and events can be a deeply rewarding experience. Maneuvering your trailer with confidence only enhances this experience. If you feel your trailer dexterity needs an upgrade, find a large empty lot. Practice backing into a designated space until you feel comfortable. For most of us, backing up a trailer is counterintuitive. We're not naturally sure which direction we should turn the steering wheel. Repeatedly backing up your bumper pull in practice sessions will train your eye and recalibrate your instincts.