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Does anyone actually use Trailer Pro Back-up assist?

 
Old 05-15-2019, 04:26 PM
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So, I am over 50, learned to drive a standard transmission by the age of 10, received a "Hardship" license at the age of 14,and learned how to back-up a trailer by the age of about 15 or 16. When I say trailer, now I don't mean huge travel or 5th wheel, but bumper pull trailers with boats, or flat trash type trailers to about 20 feet long or so. It is second nature and I am very very good at it.

I never set up the Trailer Pro stickers on my trailers, and have never used mine in the 2 years I have owned it. I feel like it would be very counter-intuitive to me to try and use it.It seems to me, with a boat or high trailer, all you would see in the camera is the nose of the boat or trailer, and not where the back end is going.

How about you guys? Do any of you use it? Is it an awesome cant live without it feature to you or a seldom used gimmick? Please let me know if I am missing out by not using it.
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FWIW, I dont trust backup cameras, e v e r. I trust my mirrors and I stick my head out the door to double...triple check. I'm not far behind you and honestly I prefer old school style
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Almost the exact same situation here. I briefly read about it in the manual, and looked at the little decals in there, but I've never used it at all. Probably won't either... I know how to back up to all of my trailers. But I'll admit, the backup camera is nice and I got used to that in my '11 and '14. And even then I could back up to all my trailers pretty close to the ball/coupler. I use my mirrors until I get within a foot or two of the ball/coupler, then the camera from there. Once in a while, I'd have to reposition the truck slightly, but the camera almost completely eliminates the need for that, even at night.
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FWIW, I dont trust backup cameras, e v e r. I trust my mirrors and I stick my head out the door to double...triple check. I'm not far behind you and honestly I prefer old school style
You don't trust backup cameras?
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I set my boat and trailer up with the sticker and did all the measuring, etc., but have never used it with the boat trailer attached to the truck. Have a hard time trusting it, especially when I have to back the boat into the shed, and don't want to take out the framing/edge of the door with a fender, etc. I need or want to use it but can't bring myself to do it. LOL
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I just bought a 2016 with it. Previous owner used the stickers because I found the card in the glovebox. I have absolutely no intention of ever getting any more stickers. In fact if I ever add a brake controller to my truck I'd like to remove the auto backup **** and put the brake controller in it's place.

I'm 53 and have been pulling trailers since I was 16. No use for this feature whatsoever. It's for people who don't know how to back up a trailer yet.
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Also well north of 50 here. You guys should really consider giving it a chance. I fully agreed but decided to go ahead and use it for a bit just for fun. Once you get accustomed it is a very useful tool. Proclaiming to be too experienced or too skilled to need it is fine, however, being dismissive of new technology based on never having needed it before just makes you sound too old to learn new things.
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Originally Posted by rbraughn View Post
So, I am over 50, learned to drive a standard transmission by the age of 10, received a "Hardship" license at the age of 14,and learned how to back-up a trailer by the age of about 15 or 16. When I say trailer, now I don't mean huge travel or 5th wheel, but bumper pull trailers with boats, or flat trash type trailers to about 20 feet long or so. It is second nature and I am very very good at it.

I never set up the Trailer Pro stickers on my trailers, and have never used mine in the 2 years I have owned it. I feel like it would be very counter-intuitive to me to try and use it.It seems to me, with a boat or high trailer, all you would see in the camera is the nose of the boat or trailer, and not where the back end is going.

How about you guys? Do any of you use it? Is it an awesome cant live without it feature to you or a seldom used gimmick? Please let me know if I am missing out by not using it.
I forgot I even had that feature.

I think a lot of those features, such as lane keep, automatic breaking, blind spot, etc, are for people who need the extra help.

If I was old, or a alcoholic, I would definitely want those safety aides to help me make it down the road, but I don't need them now.
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It is helpful to a driver who hasn’t learned to back a trailer. I have not tried it to the point that I have confidence in the assist. The problem I see in the hands of a good driver is that the dial must be turned in the direction you want the trailer to turn. This is the opposite direction that a conventional driver needs to turn the wheel. The second thing that will play in your head is if you want to maintain a turn, you turn and hold the dial in the direction you want to turn the trailer. A conventional driver will establish a turn then straighten the wheel to maintain the degree of turn that is established.

In other words a conventional driver has to learn how to ‘steer’ the dial.

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I forgot I even had that feature.

I think a lot of those features, such as lane keep, automatic breaking, blind spot, etc, are for people who need the extra help.

If I was old, or a alcoholic, I would definitely want those safety aides to help me make it down the road, but I don't need them now.
Alcoholics should only drive with technology aids?
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