Use Your Mirrors When Hitching a Trailer to a Truck

Oscar H. Will III shares information about how to use mirrors when hitching a trailer to a truck.

gooseneck trailer backing up
This farmer needs to maneuver her 12,000-pound capacity 20-foot gooseneck flatbed trailer from the sloped lane in front of the house around a gradual 90-degree curve to load several tons of scrap lumber. She pulled the entire rig ahead of the turn and has just begun backing up. Note that she starts by turning the truck's front wheels to the left. In reverse, that makes the back of the truck head to the left, which pulls the trailer's coupler to the left, effectively aiming the rear of the trailer to the right.