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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.

Staff note (Steve Thorn) :

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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