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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading.

In this Badge Bit you will drive a truck and trailer backwards.



Here are some related threads and articles.
 - Reverse with a Trailer
 - How to Back a Trailer
 - Reverse a Trailer like a Pro





To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must drive a truck and trailer backwards on a straight road for 100 feet
  - properly connect and disconnect trailer from truck
           o test that the lights are working correctly
  - any street-legal motor vehicle is acceptable

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a 2 minute video of you:
          o connecting the trailer properly
          o testing the lights
          o driving a truck and trailer backwards for at least 100 feet
          o disconnecting the trailer properly
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Ok, I was hauling stuff around today so the missus helped me video this BB.  The first time I tested the lights (hand outside the window) she was giving a thumbs up or down as I indicated which light I was testing.  As you can tell, the lights weren't working (at that time).  After backing into the parking spot, the lights were working so I showed off for a bit.

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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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Would a full sized van work instead of a truck?
 
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Since a van is harder to back than a truck my opinion is that it is acceptable. I think it meets the intent of the BB.
 
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Good point, I adjusted the requirements a bit.
 
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What if the trailer doesn't have lights connected (ie day legal but not night legal?)
 
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I think it needs to have lights :(
 
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Rob Lineberger wrote:What if the trailer doesn't have lights connected (ie day legal but not night legal?)



A handy thing to have is some of those pre-wired, magnetic lights used for pulling another vehicle. They can be used temporarily on an offroad trailer that would normally get lights torn off off-road, or carried in an emergency auto kit in case a trailer or auto light gets busted or you decide to pull or haul unusual items. Or for getting badges!
 
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: It would have been nice to see you driving

 
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Back back back it up! At PTJ 2021.
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Here’s my post for reversing a trailer for 100ft. It was more challenging than I was expecting. That’s mostly due to the fact that I had no visibility out the back of the backup vehicle.

Here’s the video:
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Note: I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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I backed a trailer attached to a van 100ft! The first thing I did while connecting was check the lights with Mike's assistance. Then I connected it, drove it, then disconnected it. The section of me connecting it is more sped up than the rest of the video because it took me a bit longer.

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Here is my submission for the Homesteading - Sand - Drive a Truck and Trailer in Reverse BB.

During the PTJ, a group of us got in some practice or experience in backing a trailer for 100-feet.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:


To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a 2-minute video of you:
          o connecting the trailer properly
          o testing the lights
          o driving a truck and trailer backward for at least 100 feet
          o disconnecting the trailer properly
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Dave Burton approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Trailer backup 100 ft straight at 2021 PTJ event at Wheaton Labs

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Dave Burton approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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I drive a trailer in reverse.
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Here's a little video of me hooking up my trailer, checking the lights, backing up a bunch,  and unhooked at its new home.

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Note: I certify this BB complete. Well done Kyle

 
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