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Old 07-30-2015, 09:09 PM   #21
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Large hand signals you can see, an arm pointed the way the back of the trailer needs to go. As we get close arms spread wide and come together until hands are palms together with a stop command, for us a closed fist held high where it can be seen. I explained that if you can't see me in the mirror I can't see you. Works great and we developed the routine in a 75ft 18 wheeler. As an aside I took the DW to and empty parking lot an had her backing into the painted stalls (nothing to run into) and tow the trailer home just in case she had to. The experience showed her from the drivers seat how it works. Wide turns, WIDE TURNS!
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:34 PM   #22
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These post are very timely. I'm average at backing up,but last weekend we went to a state park. The DW was messing with the dog, so I decided to back up by myself. I had to make a sharp turn, so one side was in a blind spot. As I was backing up, one of the park personnel started to shout and I hit the brakes. Good thing too as I was about 3 inches from knocking into the electric pedestal. Whew! From now on, it'll be a two-person job.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:10 AM   #23
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We learned to reduce the "lookie-Lou entertainment" by using our cell phones ~ so much quieter and of course, much less stress (no more yelling, cussing, or rude hand signals). The new TV has hands-free on speaker and the back-up camera is great, we're even faster than we were before!
I had the same idea, but the first couple campsites we went to there was no cell reception.
I picked up 2-way walkie talkies for $15. Money well spent.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:13 AM   #24
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I had the same idea, but the first couple campsites we went to there was no cell reception.
I picked up 2-way walkie talkies for $15. Money well spent.
We used the walkies for a while, but I got tired of replacing the batteries and I didn't want to buy rechargeable ones. So we figured out how to do it without many words. Someone above mentioned "like a well-oiled machine", and I'd say that's us 90% of the time. Someone above also mentioned "patience", and that has saved us the other 10%! And that's pretty much true no matter what we're doing; we're a good team, and we work at it.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:32 AM   #25
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As a wife I understand your fustrations. When we first started out camping I was the one standing by the trailer "trying" to give clear directions but always we both ended up frustrated. So now I back the trailer in as the husband can not only give clearer directions but he also at the same time can tell me which way to turn the wheel and by how much. It has saved the marriage and precious time relaxing by the fire.
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Hand on the bottom of the wheel and SLOW movements only until you're very close to where you want it, then feel free to jackknife the thing to get it "perfect"

Make sure you can see your helper in the mirror at all times. As tempting as it might be sometimes, you don't want to run anyone over.

I backed in a PUP for some fellow Canadians last week in Wisconsin. She showed me where she knocked off the tail light cover on her last attempt. There's nothing wrong with asking fellow campers for help either!
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:04 PM   #27
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... then feel free to jackknife the thing to get it "perfect"

Done that a few times and it make bystanders cringe!

Make sure you can see your helper in the mirror at all times. As tempting as it might be sometimes, you don't want to run anyone over.
Direct view or mirrors; Keeping everybody in sight or out of the way is important.
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One other thing for the "newbies" to remember is that it is not a race. Go slow, get out when needed, and take your time. If it is on an incline, I will even use low range. Gives me time to think while I am backing.
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One other thing for the "newbies" to remember is that it is not a race. Go slow, get out when needed, and take your time. If it is on an incline, I will even use low range. Gives me time to think while I am backing.
This is always the biggest problem for me, my wife tends to give me good directions and things start out well. Then I speed up a bit and the trailer ends up cock-eyed towards the end of the spot .
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Walkie talkies work for us!
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