We use walkie talkies as we'll. I'm still new to pulling and backing trailers, although you could hardly tell I'm a newb because I can back her up pretty good. On our maiden voyage with the new trailer we arrived at our campsite in the dark! Plus I forgot to bring the walkie talkies (total newb scenario). I had the DW hold a flashlight and wave it back and forth on my visual side of the trailer so I could see where the heck I was backing to. I had the windows open, and we had to shout back and forth for commands. Would you believe I backed her in on the first try?
On our second trip with the new trailer (I remembered the walkie talkies this time), it was about 2 weeks after the maiden trip. We arrived at the CG to discover the site was a corner lot on top of a hill. The base of the hill started right at the cross section of the main entry road we entered from, and the road we had to turn on to get to the site. So I took the only accessible road that looped back to my site from the other side, at the top of the hill. This CG was soo tight driving through the narrow roads, my trailer side shifted twice on turns and sideswiped couple of bushes (no damage). I still ended up down hill on the road, which set me up for a uphill approach to the site. On my side of the truck/road was the edge of the cliff (filled with thin trees and bush) I had limited room for swinging the front of my truck off the road while backing in, plus there was a huge pine tree at the entry to the site so I had narrow target to landing spot. We used the 2 way radios for commands. Would you believe I got her in on first shot? LOL. Needed to do a lot of levelling once we landed, the whole site sloped downhill.
I hope it gets less complicated for the rest of our summer trips we have planned. Happy camping everyone!
2015 Keystone passport 2400BH (new rig)
2014 Jayco Swift 184BH (traded in)
2015 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 5.7L HEMI V8 3.55 gears