This backup problem happened to me as well (free TR3 and U-Haul)
Just in case someone else need to back-up a U-Haul trailer, wedge a piece
of 2 by 4 in the brake actuator on the trailer before backing-up.
It worked for me, backing up a steep driveway.
58 TR3A (wannabe) running restoration
59 TR3A restorable (not enough money in my account)
60 TR3A parts car (was free and it has an overdrive)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of pRob
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 12:49 PM
Subject: TS41136: Off to a bad start
A while ago, I was practically given a 57 TR3. Unfortunately, I didn't
have a garage at the time, but having at least one very generous friend
who offered me storage in her garage, I took possession of a large number
of boxes and a fair amount of rust.
The first step in the restoration was purchasing a home that had a garage
(do I get points for dedication?). I moved in last month. This weekend,
I moved the TR3 from my friend's house to mine. It all went smoothly
until I got the trailer to my driveway. I found out, close to the end of
a narrow dead-end street, that the trailer would not roll backwards. I
called the U-Haul 800 number and they informed me that "No, our auto
transports don't go in reverse." The local U-Haul guy told me "Of course,
they go in reverse. The hydraulic brake must be on." I told him the
trailer rolled forward just fine. "Your truck must be faulty." Needless
to say, I was miffed. It took more than 24 hours for U-Haul to get a
large flat-bed towing vehicle to pull the trailer onto the flat bed, turn
around, and unload the trailer.
The good news is, I have most of a TR3 in my garage (missing a bonnet, a
boot cover and who knows what else), with an engine mostly disassembled by
the DPO (hey, does this make me a DPO-to-be?). The regional U-Haul rep
called me and told me the rental of the transport will be free (I'll never
ever ever use U-Haul again--and I mean it this time).
The bad news is, this is a lot more work than the Midgets and MGB I've had
in the past (no, wait. It's going to be fun!! I'm just overwhelmed at
(but rust is such a nice color)