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Old 09-12-2016, 08:46 PM   #81
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I like this thread. My wife has taken over every truck I've ever owned for her daily driver, leaving me with the econo-car (which I don't mind at all in the city). When I switched out our 250 diesel for the 150 ecoboost, I drove it for 3 days before she took that one over too. I love it. There's something pretty cool about a 100 lb vegetarian woman driving a 'mans' vehicle with authority that just turns me into butter. I am still the back seat driver when she's driving 'my truck'.. I can't help it, but she does just fine with it... 300K accident free miles on several trucks her friends cannot believe she actually drives. I just have to teach her how to back the TT in to our tight camping spots and it's all gravy from my perspective. I've decided though that next time I buy a truck, I'm not trading 'her's in. I want one too. If I'm lucky I'll get my F150 back in the process.
Funny funny - I drove my new Eco boost for ten days and got a $280 speeding ticket for the first time in almost 20 years. Fastest truck I have every driven then the wife took it and I have not seen it since driving the 07 Honda CRV but I do get good gas mileage. Lol
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:31 PM   #82
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I'm another lover of the Ford Backup Assist - but not for the RV - It won't work with a 5th wheel. I use it with my boat trailer. I can back a trailer fine - but frankly, keeping it perfectly straight going down the LONG narrow ramp is always a challenge. With the backup assist, once you're going straight, it will keep the trailer that way and you can literally ZIP down the ramp.

One thing about having help backing a trailer that I haven't seen discussed yet is reaction time. My wife and I make a great team EXCEPT she never seems to understand how many feet it takes to get the RV to change direction. I'll be backing in and have to get the rig into a pretty tight turn. As we all know - to straighten it out (or even to get it headed the other direction) takes some time/distance. My Wife will direct me back into the campsite and then get MAD when I don't "keep it straight." She just doesn't get the idea that until the TV is straight with the RV, it's not going to stop turning some. So you have to plan ahead and start straightening the rig out well ahead of time so it ends up straight where you want it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:15 AM   #83
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DW and I switch off who guides and who drives, mostly determined by the weather. She hates the cold temperatures. She drove a school bus, so a different type of vehicle is not a problem for her. And we've had 5 different types of trailers, so plenty of practice over the years. We use hand signals, no yelling. Plus, I've found having well intentioned "volunteer helpers" are to be avoided.
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I have 8 small orange cones from Walmart. I set them up as a landing strip and follow them in. DW never gets involved. Some people use a rope.
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:35 AM   #85
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Edit, I don't get all the acronyms people use for their husbands / wives, whatever... I'll just call her my wife, and she can call me her husband it that's ok. SWMBO. DW DH, DWTF.. Spouse ok still?
DW = Dear Wife
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SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed
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One thing about having help backing a trailer that I haven't seen discussed yet is reaction time. My wife and I make a great team EXCEPT she never seems to understand how many feet it takes to get the RV to change direction. I'll be backing in and have to get the rig into a pretty tight turn. As we all know - to straighten it out (or even to get it headed the other direction) takes some time/distance. My Wife will direct me back into the campsite and then get MAD when I don't "keep it straight." She just doesn't get the idea that until the TV is straight with the RV, it's not going to stop turning some. So you have to plan ahead and start straightening the rig out well ahead of time so it ends up straight where you want it.
My wife gets it for the most part, and will give me enough head-way.

Surprisingly enough, it's my DAD I have a problem with in this department. He and I have been backing trailers together since I was just a boy. This year, we finally got into a deer lease. One afternoon I'm helping him fill his feeders by backing the truck up close to the feeders and filling them from a standing position out of the bed of the truck. So you have to get CLOSE to the feeders. What my dad doesn't understand is that when the tires of the truck are on top of a rock (the terrain out there is best suited for goats, and hearty ones at that), you're going to get a little extra roll when you come off it. So he's telling me I have a couple inches until I'm in the right spot, I roll off the rock and hit the feeder! Bent the leg, but not too bad. I told him that next time, where I was is close enough! I can't stop the truck in 3 inches while rolling off the backside of a rock! Even if I'm power braking it's tough!
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Anyone who's not in control of their rig shouldn't be on the road.
If you need an extra person to guide you in a campsite you need (truck) driver education to learn it. Man up or women up and learn it to do it by yourself. Members here have given enough hints. And how slower you back up how easier it is to control your combo.
If things goes wrong who's at fault?................The "driver"
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One of the places I worked at when I was younger had a docking bay that gave professional truck drivers problems. We didn't revoke their man card if they needed a spotter on that one. Usually the driver that didn't ask for a spotter took 4 times longer to park, than those that did. I guess it's like a guy stopping to ask for directions in some peoples mind. Asking for a little help doesn't make you less of a man. They blamed us for having a cruddy dock, we laughed and told them to learn to drive, but the fact remains even the pros can use a spotter from time to time.
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One of the places I worked at when I was younger had a docking bay that gave professional truck drivers problems. We didn't revoke their man card if they needed a spotter on that one. Usually the driver that didn't ask for a spotter took 4 times longer to park, than those that did. I guess it's like a guy stopping to ask for directions in some peoples mind. Asking for a little help doesn't make you less of a man. They blamed us for having a cruddy dock, we laughed and told them to learn to drive, but the fact remains even the pros can use a spotter from time to time.
Right?!!

I'd MUCH rather have another set of eyes on what I'm doing. Sure, I'm capable of doing it myself, and have MANY times. But it sure is nice to have another set of eyes watching out for something I might have missed.
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One of the places I worked at when I was younger had a docking bay that gave professional truck drivers problems. We didn't revoke their man card if they needed a spotter on that one. Usually the driver that didn't ask for a spotter took 4 times longer to park, than those that did. I guess it's like a guy stopping to ask for directions in some peoples mind. Asking for a little help doesn't make you less of a man. They blamed us for having a cruddy dock, we laughed and told them to learn to drive, but the fact remains even the pros can use a spotter from time to time.
The company I worked for for 32 years (and now pays for my pension) made it mandatory to use a spotter for even a car whenever one was available. if you had a backing accident and you didn't use a spotter when one was available, you were toast. The same was true if you had an accident backing into a space, even with a spotter, when you could have avoided backing in the first place (such as pulling through from the other end of the space).
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