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Old 10-20-2013, 07:27 PM   #11
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I like to get out and check my spot as well. If I know something is tight I will have my wife watch that item for me while I am backing in.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:22 AM   #12
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Whats a spotter? I travel solo... so I get out and check every few feet backing up.. Just added a back up cam on the rear of the RV to help.. photos will be put on the mods section as soon as I do a few finishing touches..
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #13
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I use a spotter (DW) and we do argue a bit at times but she has prevent me from side-swiping trees, electric posts and a picnic table or two. I've worked in crowded Army motorpools with heavy equipment for years and learned the value of a spotter (ground guide)....I don't want to run anything or anyone over backing up my rig. If I'm solo and dropping my TT of at the storage lot, I get out and check a few times.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #14
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Remember the back up beepers. I put one on my full size van in the 80's. I guess they were to intimidating or annoying because I don't see them in use anymore but they alerted anybody when I came out of my driveway.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:20 PM   #15
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I get out and look for myself and visualize the needed track for my inside trailer wheels, I drop a stack of plastic blocks where I want my wheel to end up, get back in the truck and follow that visual in my head until my closest inside wheel is in position. My wife gets out and her only instruction is yell stop if I am about to hit something. But there is never anything to hit. Most of backing issues are taken care of by driving your rig forward to the proper starting point. Most people look at the whole trailer, I look at one wheel. I know how big, how wide I am so I know that my wheel has to track where I want it to track. If I lose my image of what I am doing I get back out and replace it in my head.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:28 PM   #16
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I always ask my DW to get out and look even in the dark and or rain. It isn't worth hitting something. I also check the location myself and explain where I want to be. I also had to train her on what I need her to look for so she knows how to communicate to me. We even have a system using light signals to use when it is dark.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #17
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Remember the back up beepers. I put one on my full size van in the 80's. I guess they were to intimidating or annoying because I don't see them in use anymore but they alerted anybody when I came out of my driveway.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:55 PM   #18
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Back up beeper, can't beat the price and now even easier to install.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #19
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My wife's new Expedition has a rear camera and I've had occasion to hook up to two cargo trailers we have several times now. I've learned it to the point that I can back under the coupler the nearly perfectly. Got to get one for my TV.
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