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A new Auto Mirror View feature has just been added to all versions of the app. When this feature is enabled the simulator will automatically try to select the most useful mirror view at any given point in the manoeuvre. This is usually the one where the trailer is most clearly visible in the mirror. However, this can easily change from one mirror to the other during the manoeuvre - especially if it involves an S-shaped turn. The simulator will also automatically switch briefly to the other mirror view every few seconds. This is intended to emulate the real-world actions of a driver who focuses attention on one mirror but occasionally glances at the other. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!
We’re delighted to announce that Reverse My Trailer will be returning to the NEC Birmingham for the Motorhome and Caravan Show in October. If you're coming to the show, why not stop by and test your caravan manoeuvring skills on a multi-screen version of the simulator? You'll find us once again on the Caravan and Motorhome Club stand - hope to see you there!
The free version of the mobile app currently has the same functionality as the full version but provides only a single 2D view instead of multiple 3D views. Future releases of the Windows app will continue to be free-to-use but will likewise operate only in 2D for new installations. The equivalent full version for Windows will now offer 3D views and also support the use of gaming steering wheels. These changes will make versioning consistent across all platforms.
A few users of the mobile version of ReverseMyTrailer have reported problems when starting the app for the first time. When first run, the app connects to our web server and downloads a number of important configuration and data files. This means initial start up can be slow and sometimes gets stuck completely - especially if the internet connection is poor. The latest release of the app delays downloading the largest data files (for vehicles and scenes) until they are selected for the first time. Hopefully this will improve things but please contact us if you experience this or any other problem.
Thanks very much to the team at Practical Boat Owner magazine for the mention in the 'New Gear' section of their March 2023 edition.
We’re very excited to announce that ReverseMyTrailer is going to be in action at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in February! The Caravan and Motorhome Club will be offering the chance to test your reversing skills using a multi-screen version of the simulator, on stand 2000 in Hall 2. If you’re coming to the show, please stop by and say hello!
ReverseMyTrailer was in action at the Bailey Owners Club (BOC) event at Bailey of Bristol last weekend. Members of the club got the chance to test their skills on a multi-screen version of the simulator, complete with steering wheel. It was quite competitive, with a top score of 94.8% and a fair few more in the 80-95% range!see news item →
A new scene has just been added especially for members of the boating community. It's a slipway scene that allows you to reverse your trailer right into the water! As well as showcasing the SBS R4 600L boat trailer model, it contains a mystery object that UK users might recognize... For best results, please make sure you are using the latest version of the app on your chosen platform. As always, please let us know what you think.
The latest Windows version contains a number of minor improvements. These include an updated inset scene map, which now displays only the outlines of vehicles and obstacles to make them easier to see. Improvements have also been made to the recording, analysis and display of multi-section manoeuvres.
To say thank you to all those who have contributed to the ReverseMyTrailer project so far, we are planning to unlock some extra features and models just for you! Please click here for more details. Special thanks goes to Tiziano Mengotti, who has made a number of major contributions recently - not least the hours of patient testing of new features and bug fixes!
The latest Windows version of the simulator fixes a long-standing problem where a new route recording appears blank when viewed for the first time. The same fix will be applied to all mobile versions of the app in the next few days. *Please note* This problem does not affect users located within the GMT time zone.
Finally, something for all you boat owners out there! A new model based on the SBS R4 2600EL boat trailer is now available to download from the online library. Many thanks to everyone at SBS Trailers Ltd for all their help and support on this one. *Please note* To see this model in full detail you will need to upgrade to the latest version of the simulator program (all platforms).
Another new caravan model has just been added to the online library, based on the Bailey Unicorn Seville. This will replace the original Swift Challenger model, which is being retired for technical reasons. Thanks once again to the wonderful team at Bailey of Bristol for their continued help and support.
The caravan site scene has now been updated to showcase the new Bailey of Bristol caravan model. The scene is available for download from the online gallery. *Please note* If you are using the iOS version of the app, you will need to upgrade to the latest version (v18.104.22.168) to display the updated scene.
A new caravan model, based on the Bailey Phoenix+ 650 is now available to download from the online library. This is one of the most detailed models to date and was made possible thanks to the enormous amount of help provided by the team at Bailey of Bristol. Look out for more developments on the way soon!
The latest release of the mobile apps (Android and iOS) contains improvements to the Autopilot/Guidance commands, which should now be smoother and more accurate. It is also now possible to switch between driving modes and steering modes whenever the vehicles are stationary, rather than just at the reset positions. In Normal mode, try driving forward in any direction until you are a little way from the start position. Then switch to Autopilot mode and set the vehicles moving in reverse. You should see the autopilot first attempt to re-join the approach route before following it to the end.
Many thanks to the people at Practical Caravan for mentioning ReverseMyTrailer in the 'This month we love...' section of their latest print issue (Summer Special 2021 - issue 442).
The autopilot/guidance commands have been improved in the latest Windows version to make the steering adjustments smoother. This version also now features a rotating steering wheel image to show how much steering is being applied (already used in the mobile apps).
ReverseMyTrailer for Windows now has a new set of button-based panels to control the simulator. The existing steer-by-mouse feature has also been improved and can now be used anywhere on the screen. To see a comparison between the new panels and the original versions, click here. Don't forget - once you've tried them, please let us know whether you like the new panels or not! If you'd prefer to stick to the originals you can easily revert to them by pressing the F4 key on your keyboard.
Many thanks to the team at OutAndAboutLive for their news item, 'Driving simulator ReverseMyTrailer now available as an app'.see news item →
A bug causing the 3D version of the Android app to crash on startup on some devices has now been fixed! Sincere apologies to anyone who has experienced this problem. The latest version available on Google Play (v1.0.32) should now work on your device. If you experience any problems with any of the app versions - Android, iOS or Windows - please let us know.
The latest release of ReverseMyTrailer for Windows has a new, trial set of control panels that have been redesigned to make them clearer and easier to use. As part of this update, the existing steer-by-mouse feature has also been improved and can now be used anywhere on the screen. To try out the new-look panels simply press the F4 key on your keyboard. Full instructions on how to use them can be found here. As always, please let us know what you think.
Exciting news! A version of <<reversemytrailer for iPhone and iPad is now available to download on the App Store. Please visit the iOS page for more details.
A new trailer model, based on the Bateson Trailers GP0642 is now available to download from the online library. This is a small, low profile trailer so reversing it requires a little more concentration than for the larger caravan and horse trailer models! Many thanks to Brian Bateson at Bateson Trailers Ltd for his help in providing detailed information on the real-world trailer.
A new release of the Android app is now available, which includes the updates recently added to the Windows program. Significant improvements have also been made to the tilt-to-steer feature. This should now be a lot easier to control than in earlier versions!
A new version of the Windows program is now available, containing two updates suggested by users. The first is a change to the bird's-eye view colour scheme, to improve visibility for anyone with impaired colour vision. The second is an increase in maximum forward speed to save time during initial position setup. The maximum reverse speed has also been reduced to give better control while reversing. Please let us know what you think of these changes.
Many thanks to Des and the team at The British Horse Society for their article.see article →
Testing is now complete and the first production version of <<reversemytrailer for Android is available on Google Play. Visit the Android page now for details.
Installing the test version of <<reversemytrailer for Android just got easier - it's now available on Google Play! This is the final test version so if you haven't already tried it, visit the Android page now for details of how to get a copy.
Well done to driver DY62YKH, who has posted several top scores today! Some really impressive reversing there, especially with the guidelines switched off! Looks like you need a tougher challenge - have you tried the double turn manoeuvre in the Stable Yard scene?
Have you tried the Gallery feature of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version)? This feature displays details (including thumbnail images) of all available vehicle models, helping you to easily select towing combinations. In the latest release this feature has been extended to include scene model details too. Check it out and let us know what you think.
The Android test version now allows steering to be applied by tilting your mobile device. The original method of swiping the screen with a finger is still available, so why not try both methods and see which you prefer!
A major new update to the test version of the Android app has just been released. This one contains a number of new features, including access to the same online model library used by the Windows version. Route recording and analysis has also been added, so you can now monitor your progress and compare your skills to other drivers in the High Scores table online! Visit the Android page now to download a copy. As always, don't forget to let us know what you think.
Thanks very much to Horse & Hound for publishing a great news item about <<reversemytrailer, 'Computer simulations to help drivers learn how to reverse trailers', which highlights the release of the new stable yard scene.see news item →
A new scene especially for members of the horse-riding community is now available from the online library. This scene is designed to help horse trailer owners practice parking in a stable yard where manoeuvring space might be restricted. For those who like a challenge, there is a very tricky double-turn manoeuvre which takes you first through a gate before reaching the parking area. As always, all feedback is welcome!
It appears Microsoft is incorrectly marking each new release of <<reversemytrailer as potentially harmful, even though the installer has been digitally signed to confirm that its code has not been altered or corrupted since it was created by us. Unfortunately, it can sometimes take two days or more for this 'false-positive' to be corrected by Microsoft. The instructions on the Download page have now been updated to help deal with any problems you may experience when downloading or installing. Alternatively, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
Just added a new horse trailer model to the online library, based on the Equi-Trek Trail Treka L. Everyone using the latest program release should see this appear automatically. Eagle-eyed observers will spot that this is a much improved version of the original horse trailer model used in earlier versions of the simulator! A big thank you to the team at Equi-Trek for all their help.
As part of a major new release of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version), scene and vehicle model files will now be stored in an online library instead of being included in the installation package. From now on, new and updated models will automatically be downloaded as soon as they become available, without needing to re-install the program.
The latest release of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version) includes a new, high detail horse trailer model based on the Ifor Williams Trailers HB406. Many thanks to all at Ifor Williams Trailers for their help and support with this. A new stable yard scene designed specifically to make use of the new model is currently being tested and should be released soon - watch this space. This release also contains a new feature suggested by a user. It's now possible to switch the guide rails off without increasing the difficulty level setting. This means you can hide the rails without it affecting your approach starting point. Let us know what you think of the new features!
A new test version of <<reversemytrailer for Android is now available. This contains some major improvements, including better texture mapping, better scene loading and better error handling. The new caravan site scene (added earlier to the Windows version) has also been added. And last but not least, the app will now remember your settings when you shut it down, so you can pick up where you left off next time you run it! Visit the Android page to download a copy.
Good news for anyone trying to run <<reversemytrailer on an older computer! Until now, the program has not worked properly on computers that don't support the full texture mapping used by the 3D simulator. To fix this problem, the latest version now automatically runs in untextured 2D display mode, if necessary.
Thanks to OutAndAboutLive for publishing a great news item about <<reversemytrailer, 'Practise your caravan reversing skills using 3D driving simulator'.see news item →
Release v22.214.171.124 of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version) is now ready to download. This includes a new caravan site scene with some tricky manoeuvres onto hard-standing pitches. The scene uses dimensions based on a recently visited Caravan & Motorhome Club site and contains multiple obstacles such as other caravans, EHU bollards and pitch alignment pegs. Don't forget to post feedback!
Improvements have now been made to the scoring system to make it fairer, with fewer complex penalty points applied. This should allow everyone to achieve even higher scores! Also, work is nearly complete on a caravan site scene, offering some more challenging manoeuvres. Watch this space...
The recent improvements to the Windows version of <<reversemytrailer have now been added to the Android version. This can be downloaded from here.
Release v126.96.36.199 of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version) is now available to download. Latest updates include improvements to obstacle models in the parallel parking manoeuvre scene and more efficient collision detection.
The latest release of <<reversemytrailer (Windows version) records your route as you reverse and generates information about how well you did. You can use this information to monitor you progress as you improve. If you're feeling competitive, you can also compare your scores with others in the High Scores table online! For more information, click here. Thanks again to Richard for scoring advice and testing.
A Quick Start guide has now been added to the Android version of <<reversemytrailer. This provides easy to follow instructions on how to use the simulator controls and demonstrates all the main features. Download a copy of the latest version here.
The Android version of <<reversemytrailer is now ready to try. You can download a copy here. Thanks once more to Richard Wilson for early testing. Don't forget to post some feedback!
Work is almost complete on the Android version of <<reversemytrailer. Hoping to start beta-testing soon, so please let me know if you'd like to try it out.
The latest release of <<reversemytrailer now contains a manoeuvre that simulates the trailer-reversing exercise of the B+E driving test. Thanks again to Richard Wilson for his help in developing this feature. To see a demonstration video, click here.
Check out this feature article about <<reversemytrailer in Caravan Times!read article →
The latest version of <<reversemytrailer now has a multi-view feature that allows both reversing mirrors and front window to be viewed at the same time. Mirror angles and positions can also now be adjusted, with values preset to represent extended, convex towing mirrors. Special thanks to Richard Wilson at drivertraining.cymru for his professional advice and his help in testing these program updates. To see a demonstration video for the new features, click here.
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