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Old 09-07-2016, 12:58 PM   #41
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Marriage saved by keeping the wife in the truck and sending one of my sons to be the spotter. But someday she will have to do the dirty deed.
LOL!! My son is 2. I just got an image of him spotting me into a site. No telling where we'd be!!

In all seriousness, I look forward to him being able to help.
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:59 PM   #42
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After a couple of years of backing up the trailer my DW and I have come to the conclusion that we may not survive this. Without getting into specifics (that can go on for days) we are at a crossroads, What I am looking for is a toy truck and trailer where the front wheels turn. We both agree if we saw how it worked with a model, she would be a better spotter and me a driver. I have checked amazon. Quite a few truck and trailer toys but no move able wheels.
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Get a radio controlled toy car.

Simple solution.... use pull through sites.
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Okay, so maybe I take some of the comments in these types of threads too literally, but the derogatory comments many guys make regarding their wives drive me crazy. Maybe guys if you didn't treat her like she was an incompetent, helpless ninny (at least that is how you come across as treating her) and gave her the keys she would back the trailer in better than you ever could. Good grief, many of the posts on this subject make it sound like the guys' worth is somehow measured by his trailer backing ability. Both my husband and I (and we are not unique in this), can and do, hook/unhook, pull and BACKUP all of our trailers - 5er, gooseneck, and bumper pull. When our son was about to turn 14 and wanted to get his drivers license, a requirement was that by himself he could hook/unhook and back up every trailer. We were at the DMV on his 14th birthday.

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Old 09-07-2016, 01:04 PM   #44
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LOL!! My son is 2. I just got an image of him spotting me into a site. No telling where we'd be!!

In all seriousness, I look forward to him being able to help.
And someday he will be able to crank down the stabilizers and put in the BAL wheel chocks which helps the setup procedure!
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:13 PM   #45
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In all seriousness to the OP, instead of getting a 'model', if you are still thinking about that.... go to google and search for 'Truck Simulator' There are a few different versions, all about 20 bucks...You play it on your computer.

It's basically a truck driving game where you deliver loads all over the country, make in game money and upgrade to better trucks.. And you have to back into the loading docks... you can change the view at any time so you can really see what your steering inputs are doing. You can also tow multiple trailers, etc..

From a video game perspective it's pretty lame unless you are a nerd like me and pretty much play everything. But it will beat a 'model' any day for your purposes.
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:15 PM   #46
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Its best you do the backing.. She just tells you how far you are from the hitch you are (if hitching up)Or if you are about to hit something.

Otherwise the DW's job is to shut up. Thats what I found out from DH. I am the DW.
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:19 PM   #47
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Okay, so maybe I take some of the comments in these types of threads too literally, but the derogatory comments many guys make regarding their wives drive me crazy. Maybe guys if you didn't treat her like she was an incompetent, helpless ninny (at least that is how you come across as treating her) and gave her the keys she would back the trailer in better than you ever could. Good grief, many of the posts on this subject make it sound like the guys' worth is somehow measured by his trailer backing ability. Both my husband and I (and we are not unique in this), can and do, hook/unhook, pull and BACKUP all of our trailers - 5er, gooseneck, and bumper pull. When our son was about to turn 14 and wanted to get his drivers license, a requirement was that by himself he could hook/unhook and back up every trailer. We were at the DMV on his 14th birthday.

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I see your point, and honestly, it's a good one. But I have to say in my defense, I will absolutely let my wife do the backing if she's good at it. Her dad was so terrible at backing, her mom would do it exclusively (there's a story about why they put the keys on a floating key chain after a particularly nasty exchange at the boat ramp).

My point is that for us, stereotypical gender roles mean nothing. She's better at certain things, and I'm better at certain other things. That's why we make a good team (key word is TEAM). The fact is that she's no good at backing the trailer, so I do it. And she keeps me from being stupid and hitting things. So we work well TOGETHER; we're not nearly as good separately.

Granted, we often shake our heads at each others' "ineptitude" at the thing we're good at, but it's all in good fun for us. Bottom line; we trust each other to do what we're good at and leave what we're not to the other. She can do everything I can do, it just might take her longer. I can do everything she can do, it just might be a little "different" (and not to her liking).
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:36 PM   #48
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Practice and patience for the driver and spotter.

I think much of the challenge with RVs is that the only learning and practice many drivers get at backing up is in the often challenging setting of an RV park with tight spaces, obstacles and spectators. I would suggest that if practice is the issue then go to a big empty parking lot at a mall and practice backing up straight until you can do that without wandering back and forth and then practice backing up from the lanes into the parking spaces from both directions. Do each one for several hours until you can do it consistently and confidently and you will notice a huge improvement in how it goes at the campsite.

My first real job at 15 was working for a trucking company jockeying trucks and trailers in and out of the loading bays and fuel dock. The first day on the job I was given a set of keys for one of the semis and sent out to the parking lot to do exactly what I described above. After some practice backing up gets to be just like riding a bike and setting up camp will be a whole lot more relaxing.
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I didn't read anything gender specific. My husband does not "help" if I am backing up the rig. Aside from object avoidance.
There is with practice, no shreiking or waving of arms.. We do have some signals and have worked out where the spotter should and should not stand.

Onlookers and micromanagers don't help.

For further amusement go to a boat ramp . You can tell who hasn't launched or retrieved a boat in a while.

Our neighbors were horrid at backing up . They admitted they were terrified. With the aid of an empty parking lot and some hours of placing the unit between lines they were all set and did a wonderful fast launch.. The launch pad is scarcely 40 feet long and right on a two lane state highway.
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Okay, so maybe I take some of the comments in these types of threads too literally, but the derogatory comments many guys make regarding their wives drive me crazy. Maybe guys if you didn't treat her like she was an incompetent, helpless ninny (at least that is how you come across as treating her) and gave her the keys she would back the trailer in better than you ever could. Good grief, many of the posts on this subject make it sound like the guys' worth is somehow measured by his trailer backing ability. Both my husband and I (and we are not unique in this), can and do, hook/unhook, pull and BACKUP all of our trailers - 5er, gooseneck, and bumper pull. When our son was about to turn 14 and wanted to get his drivers license, a requirement was that by himself he could hook/unhook and back up every trailer. We were at the DMV on his 14th birthday.

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Thank you very much!
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