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Old 10-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Send out your spotter even in the rain

We got a 10 ft crease in the side of trailer this weekend. Not through the paint, but it's dented and ugly.

I pulled into new camp spot on BLM land, and caught a branch on a juniper bush that I just did not see. It was dark, and raining when we got there, and I was trying to save DW from getting completely soaked. Moral of the story is send out the spotter, especially in bad weather. It was a great 5 night trip other that that mishap.

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Old 10-15-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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Spotters are very important. I have a small ding on the back bumper of our trailer because I wasn't paying enough attention to the spotter.

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Old 10-16-2013, 04:35 AM   #3
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I will get out and check out the site first looking for any potential problems. When I am ready to start backing in I will have her get out and just watch to make sure I am not about to hit something. She is not good at giving backing instructions so she just spots.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:22 AM   #4
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I am the spotter. I'm out there whether it is calm, raining, snowing, sleet or the dark of night. I have experienced all types of weather and tight maneuvering into various sites and next to the side of our home. I started spotting after my father caught the topside of his MH on the side of our home and had to repair a 6" gash. Sometime it is tricky but it works for us. We use our cell phones or if no signal, I use hand gestures. LOL.

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Old 10-16-2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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DW is good at both spotting and backing. We use hand signals or 2-ways, so there's very little fun for our "neighbors" to enjoy. The only trouble we have is when some well-meaning chap decides he has to help. I don't need company then or when I'm setting up or breaking down.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:47 AM   #6
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I am my own spotter. I get out and check if I have to. I see too many couples yelling at each other. Its just less stressful for us this way..
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #7
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We use radios. Luckily we haven't had to do it in bad weather yet, but that's what rain coats and umbrellas are for. The DW spots (she won't even drive, let alone back up), but she has done it for years, just new to TT spotting. She knows to use her voice if she can't see my eyes in the mirrors for any reason. After our last trip when I was trying to talk into the 2-way at the same time she was, I'm not allowed to talk any more (she didn't want to learn proper radio protocol). I just tell her what I want, and I leave my radio in the cup holder for the whole process, except for the occasional question. This arrangement results in an experience with a much lower decibel level...

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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I don't use a spotter. The Mrs bought a couple of walkie-talkie radios and would stand totally out of sight directly behind the camper. She'd tell me over the radio (and I quote) "you need to come this way, now come the other way". Since I couldn't see her, I had no idea where I needed to go. Needless to say, that didn't work very good.

Then on a RV show on TV, I saw an idea I liked a lot. I bought 6 small orange cones. When I get to our campsite, I place them on the campsite exactly where I want to park it. I then back the camper in and all I have to do is keep it between the cones. As long as I do that, I won't bump into anything.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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My teenage son is my spotter. No matter what he always is willing to help me back in. Sometimes he uses an umbrella and sometimes a flashlight, but so far he has never tried to get out of his responsibility.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:22 AM   #10
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I am my own spotter. I get out and check if I have to. I see too many couples yelling at each other. Its just less stressful for us this way..
Same here. No damage yet and no fighting. Lol

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