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Old 06-07-2015, 12:10 PM   #41
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Beating a dead horse may also be illegal in some States (not in Canada, as I understand it).
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:34 PM   #42
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..... I was surprised my them having multi channel as well as sub-channels for more secure talk. .....
Just to clarify.....

Those "sub channels" (a misleading term) are not secure. It only blocks you from having to hear transmissions from others on the same channel. When using this feature you will only hear users on the same channel and the same "sub channel".

Anyone who is on your channel and is not using the "sub channel" feature can hear whatever you say.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:18 PM   #43
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Searched the forum - didn't find a comparable suggestion for an improved back-up experience. We just got a new TV with all the bells-and-whistles, including pairing with smart phones for hands-free. How about the spotter dialing-in to the driver so the call goes to their TV speaker then 'talk them into' the spot? Heading off in two weeks for our first outing with the new TV so will try this out because our problems with other solutions include [1] Walkie-talkie: never remember to test it ahead of time; [2] Yelling: forget to open the window (especially in bad weather) and really don't want the campsite neighbors to overhear what may degrade into bickering and sniping after a stressful drive; [3] Hand-signals: not always visible in rear mirror and you can guess which gesture becomes our favorite.
We used to use the FRS radio for backing up with DW as the spotter. The batteries were always dead. We are 2 days into a 2 week 2000 mile trip where we are using cellphones when backing up. DW calls my cellphone which connects to the Bluetooth though my radio so I can be hands free while backing up. So far our method is working great.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:31 PM   #44
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[2] Yelling: forget to open the window (especially in bad weather) and really don't want the campsite neighbors to overhear what may degrade into bickering and sniping after a stressful drive; [3] Hand-signals: not always visible in rear mirror and you can guess which gesture becomes our favorite.
Does this really happen? I'm able to back in to any site with minimal assistance. There's no yelling, no special hand signals, just a quick survey of the site ahead of time and then we back in.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:48 PM   #45
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Does this really happen? I'm able to back in to any site with minimal assistance. There's no yelling, no special hand signals, just a quick survey of the site ahead of time and then we back in.
Have you ever backed up a TT and TV 56 feet in length?
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Have you ever backed up a TT and TV 56 feet in length?
Yup, that's just about our length, and with the Equalizer it backs into the site we used to have in the Phoenix area that was on a narrow park street. Just takes practice and, yes, a spotter helps a lot. Me and DW sometimes trade roles in RV parks. Of course, she has a couple million miles of driving in her past.
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Some practice before you leave home would go a long way. Amazing how many folks have no idea how to back up an RV, be it TT, 5r, Class C or Pop Up, they pull too far to the wrong side, don't pull far enough past the sight, turn the wheel the wrong way. Plus, they rarely want to take suggestions instead yelling "I know how to back it in" and you come back half hour later they are still trying to get into there sight. Go to an empty parking lot and practice backing and turning, get use to turn radius etc before you leave on your trip.
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Does this really happen? I'm able to back in to any site with minimal assistance. There's no yelling, no special hand signals, just a quick survey of the site ahead of time and then we back in.
Ahhh, and you are at 788+ posts ... so you have plenty of experience under your belt. We're still getting our sea-legs; just last October we graduated from a tent trailer to our current set-up and it takes some getting used to. I must say, having a campground audience making observations with beer-in-hand certainly adds a layer of tension. To be honest, it really isn't that bad ... just adding some humor (and combining what we see coming from many neighboring campsites).
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We use walkie talkies by Motorola. Bought many years ago real cheap. Just used for backing and a bag of spare AA batts if they are needed.(you always need a supply of spare batteries).
I back, she watches and makes comments about distance to tree that I can't see and such. I get out and look if needed.

Works for us.
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Yup, that's just about our length, and with the Equalizer it backs into the site we used to have in the Phoenix area that was on a narrow park street. Just takes practice and, yes, a spotter helps a lot. Me and DW sometimes trade roles in RV parks. Of course, she has a couple million miles of driving in her past.
I agree with you 100% ... my post was in response to the guy who boasts about not needing a spotter when he backs up, but of course he has a 19' TT and a Ford SUV. This is quite a difference from a 3/4 or 1 ton truck with a 34+ft TT combo.

I've been RVing for 34 years and on my 6th trailer. I place it safe and always have a spotter. Never backed into anything or hit anything thanks to having a spotter.
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