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Old 09-19-2016, 09:34 PM   #31
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I carry 2 flashlites- I place them on the ground on each side of the campsite where I want the rear of the trailer to be and just back in keeping at least one of the lites in my sight- A little practice and you'll be an expert- JMHO- DD
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:34 AM   #32
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The OP is asking about backing in after dark into a first time campsite W/O a spotter. In such a case, I again say DON'T DO IT!!
In a perfect world, that would be good advice but we don't live in a perfect world and often people will not have a choice on what time they arrive at a destination.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:19 AM   #33
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In a perfect world, that would be good advice but we don't live in a perfect world and often people will not have a choice on what time they arrive at a destination.
You keep repeating "in a perfect world", and somehow seem to imply that doing something that is not recommended is "OK". If the OP was an experienced RV'er [states they are newbies], were familiar with the CG and Campsite [not likely given new to camping], had previous experience with backing a trailer [not indicated], and was desiring to perform the nite procedure without the aid of a competent spotter; this is like asking for suggestions on how to land a plane without any previous knowledge or training.

This is for sure an "imperfect world" and we are sometimes faced with doing what we have to do in an unplanned difficult situation but the key that you are ignoring here is that avoiding getting into that difficult situation in which even an experienced RV'er would take pause, is that this OP is not experienced, does not have a spotter, and is attempting to set up at a campsite that he has never seen before.

In a perfect world or even an imperfect world, this is a situation that Can be avoided in any number of ways. As a new pilot you are not going to leave late and fly into a storm or set yourself up for a night landing on an unfamiliar remote airstrip. While landing your TT is not life threatening like landing a private plane, doing it under the circumstances of this thread has an extremely high probability of ruining your weekend and doing significant damage to your shiny new TT.
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:22 AM   #34
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QUOTE: Need Ideas on Backing Into Space at Night


If you must back in at night time

Drove tractor trailer for many years and in that time I have had to back in many loading docks, driveway and alleys at 2:00 am with no lighting at all, pitch black. I would walk it first with a flashlight, then if it was an older trailer I would remove the clips and lens covers temporarily on the brake light and turn signal and put the four way flasher on and keep taping the brake for brighter light as I was backing in.
When I purchased my own Tractor I mounted two clear lens 12 volt spot lights facing to the rear one on each side of my running boards with a switch in the cab. Worked for me.
Note - Both Rear tail lights on my RV takes two seconds to remove lens with a flat head screw driver for brighter light !!! Hopes this helps
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:27 AM   #35
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I will check the area first then put a flashlight at the stopping point of the trailer on the driver's side. Also it helps to use the 4-ways to give additional lighting.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:41 PM   #36
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I agree w light.
I recommend a battery tool /light set up. I.e. I have a ryobi battery drill for jacks, but the battery will do a light, spotlight, small vacuum cleaner etc. I'm charging em all weekend long. I place ithe light by the site electric box like a beacon n steer it there. I can't trust the missus haha!
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:03 PM   #37
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I turn on my awning light before backing up. At least it lights up 1 side of the camper. Hubby is at the back of camper letting me know which way to turn.
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:27 PM   #38
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In a perfect world, that would be good advice but we don't live in a perfect world and often people will not have a choice on what time they arrive at a destination.

I agree completely. Just walk around with a flashlight, watch your mirrors, and stop as many times as you need to.

These aren't airplanes so this isnt that complicated.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:12 PM   #39
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Installed my backup lights. Have attached a few pics in case anyone interested. I picked them up at tractor supply for $10 each. They are LED, 600 lumens, weatherproof and fold flat against the side of the trailer (lens down) when not in use, which will be almost all the time. Will wire them into the battery power with a switch up front to turn on when needed. Again, hope to really never need them BUT, in the event I find myself needing more light to back up these will shine down both sides of the trailer with a wide beam. Sorry about the pic rotation. I have uploaded them twice and each time it rotates them this way even though they are correct on my pc.
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