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Old 09-06-2016, 09:42 PM   #11
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I was always taught to put my hand at the bottom of the steering wheel.
Push the wheel in the direction you want TT to go. :-)


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Old 09-06-2016, 09:58 PM   #12
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Some good points here. SWMBO and I discussed before we bought our TT. She had some experience guiding our Northern Lite into some tight spaces as well.
Our method is to pull up and walk the campsite first to identify possible issues and where we want the TT to be parked. I then jump in truck and with windows down do the basic approach to the site and start to back in. She stays in my mirrors and directs me with ARM signals as I am 40+ ft from where she is, where she wants the BACK of the TT to go. If she disappears from my sight I STOP. We have never raised voices or had a fight about parking.

Most times we get to where we want TT on the first shot. After that it is decide how many Lego's to get level and we set them right beside the tires with a chock at the back. I pull ahead, she slides the Legos into place and then I back up to the chock. Double check level and we be done. Usally under 5 min. Then disconnect and grab a bevview. ..
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:17 PM   #13
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Talking KISS Method

Kiss method, keep it simple. Place wife behind trailer back up until screaming stops, park trailer and enjoy peace and quiet.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:08 PM   #14
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You get real good and tell her to go walk the dog until your done with the set up Also I use both my kids 15 & 11 to help me especially at night. They have flash lights. I have them stand about 8-10' from the edges of the pad and point the flash light right where I want to have the tires to sit. My oldest tells me which side needs blocks because I get it backwards every time

My 11 year old is my hitch man and my 15 year old boy makes sure all windows are secure, that I have everything clear before I drive off, and that I have not left anything on the bumper of the trailer. I have left the bike stuff for the rack, hitch lock keys, and a bike cable on the bumper on three different trips. cause I'm tired and ready to go home.

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Old 09-07-2016, 02:45 AM   #15
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This is the way we do it.

Wife calls me on her cell phone I have hands free in the truck she talks to me while I am backing up. She tells me if I am going to hit something.

No yelling involved and I can hear her plain as day works great for us!
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:29 AM   #16
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We always use walkie-talkies. I drive, she looks.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:18 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Doboy Dawg View Post
Kiss method, keep it simple. Place wife behind trailer back up until screaming stops, park trailer and enjoy peace and quiet.

I got a good chuckle out of your sense of humor

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We always use walkie-talkies. I drive, she looks.

X2. Walkie talkies are standard issue in the truck before we leave the house so that they are ready to go when we arrive at the campsite. We both do a quick walk around the site, I tell her my plan and she keeps an eye on the blind side. Works out good (so far anyway ).

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I agree with the walkie talkie's - My DW's role is simply to act as my backup camera and make sure I don't hit anything. I walk the site prior to backing to get a good idea of where I want the trailer to land.
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Old 09-07-2016, 05:33 AM   #19
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My wife does not get out of the truck. I get out as many times as I feel I have to to scope the spot, usually just once unless its a tight spot with many obstacles, and I back her in. I need to see for myself. Somebody yelling directions don't work for me. I'm camping, not at work. Lol
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:41 AM   #20
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I do as I,m told .the same way for the last 42 years, happy wife happy life,all the time backing the way I feel is the right way .IT works out great.(most of the time she is right about where the trailer has to go)

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