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Old 08-01-2015, 06:57 AM   #31
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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!
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:26 AM   #32
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Practice makes perfect. I can align and hook up trailer in a 2-3 min own my own. Wife the wife in under a minute. Backing up usually on the first try at certain sides. When on the beach sides she has to tell me when to stop before the bumper hits the dune. Rear camera to come in the spring.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:01 PM   #33
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Just when I thought I was improving, I botched a parking job last night. The DW was trying to be patient with me but I was getting frustrated at the angle I needed and the lack of a reference point I couldn't see. I pulled out of the site, removed the WDH bars and went back around the loop. The guy next to us got a good laugh but it just reminded me I need more practice at not over correcting.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:39 PM   #34
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Just when I thought I was improving, I botched a parking job last night. The DW was trying to be patient with me but I was getting frustrated at the angle I needed and the lack of a reference point I couldn't see. I pulled out of the site, removed the WDH bars and went back around the loop. The guy next to us got a good laugh but it just reminded me I need more practice at not over correcting.

I have to remove my WD bars as well. I get so little trailer movement with them attached.
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:13 PM   #35
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Griswaldone and Lifespalette are right on. I gave up with the wife she looked like a baseball coach when she was guiding me in. I still have her watch just be safe.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:30 AM   #36
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Seen two couples arguing, one quite loudly this weekend trying to get in a spot. Makes me glad I don't require help !!
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:34 AM   #37
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Which camera would you recommend for backing the trailer (as an additional assistance)?
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:31 PM   #38
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I've trained my middle child (11) as an assistant, he does a good job and it helps keep me married!
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:46 AM   #39
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I put three cameras on my trailer and one on my truck. I have a camera for each side and on in the back of the truck. I still have my wife watch and guide as needed.

One trick I came up with - I made a couple of guides to the side/slide placement of my trailer. I put my slides out on my trailer, then cut a couple of 1x1 pieces of wood that go from my wheels to the outer edge of my slides. When I get to a site, I place the wood pieces on the ground nearest any obstacle (tree, the line, power pole). Then when I back in, I just have to get my wheels as close as possible to the wood pieces. I still make sure to watch as we move the slides out, but haven't had any issues yet.
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:25 PM   #40
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Cool. Lucky them park guys were there. I got the same jayco. You have any issues with it? Just wondering. Ours only been out once going again this week.
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