Best Tips For RV Trailer Parking & Backing Up

trailer-parking.jpgThere’s no doubt about it, RV trailer parking can be tricky — especially when it comes to backing up!

Fortunately, many high-end RV resorts provide pull-thru parking pads which makes your ability to access them much simpler. 

Unfortunately, if you’re like me and traveling on a budget, this won’t be the case in most of the campgrounds you visit.

These simple trailer parking tips should keep you from making dumb or expensive mistakes when parking or backing up your RV trailer.


Here are the highlights: 

  • Never try to back up with a car in tow.  It doesn’t work, and you could severely damage the steering components of your car.
  • When in doubt, just stop.  Then get out to check for yourself.  Bad input from helpers causes many accidents.
  • If you can’t see what you’re doing in your mirrors, then you’re backing in blind.  Get help!
  • Have enough sense to know when your RV won’t fit somewhere — before you cause damage.
  • Get out and walk the spot first.  Soft or uneven ground can’t be seen from the driver’s seat, and parking there could result in you getting stuck.

Mastering the art of RV trailer parking — especially in a space not much larger than the RV itself — is a skill that will come in handy many times throughout your adventures.

It will build your confidence and give you access to many places that other RV drivers shy away from. Just take your time… and go slow! 

The most important step in maneuvering any RV is to check twice, move once.  Just like cutting lumber, you want to be sure it’s exactly right before you move.  

Pulling ahead and giving it a second approach isn’t a bad idea either.  


Trailer Parking Videos

The following trailer parking videos provide excellent tips and examples showing how to use your side mirrors, and how to master turning in the opposite direction that you want your RV trailer to go:








Curtis Carper

Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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  • Blondie76642

    is there a fan for your frig.   to help keep it cold??

  • Blondie76642

    what is best chemicals for toilet tank

  • Curtis

    Blondie76642 Here is a link to a cooling fan designed to help improve ventilation for the cooling unit in RV refrigerators.    As for what chemicals are best for the toilet Black tank this may go against what the chemical companies want you to believe, the best chemical is none at all.  I haven’t used them in over 40 years of RVing and never have had an odor problem.

  • Cpatinjones

    Thanks.  Your backing up tips were helpful to me. 

  • Capncruch

    Great tips!  My tow vehicle has hands free cell phone speaker, so my wife and I communicate over the cell phone when backing into tight, or blind places.  Inexpensive walkie talkies work well too.
    The spotter should use clear instructions like, “trailer left” or “trailer right” to avoid confusion (and subsequent yelling!)

  • Maynard Reedy

    We need help designing a driveway into a new pole barn shed we are having built. How much driveway would I need to have in order to back a 34’6″ fifth wheel camper into the shed?

    • Curtis

      Maynard Reedy, Only you can figure that out. For myself, if the trailer can fit through I can put it there. Like threading a needle…As long as I can see daylight I’m good. But then I have 1,000,000 miles of commercial driving under my belt.