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Old 12-10-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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Backing guidance and help

I have become much better at backing up our rv and am now WAY more comfortable then when I hit the road for the first time. Just a little practice.

But, heard a story of a guy backing his 45 footer into his site,
his wife was out there with a walkie talkie yakkin away and waving her arms guiding him in.
He backed the unit in perfectly.
His neighbor watched and later said
"Geez those radio's are a great idea,
you backed that big coach in like a pro".
The man replied yeah, the Darling Wife loves that radio,
I haven't turned mine on for five years !!!
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hahaha - He should have turned it on! This was him the next day........
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:25 PM   #3
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Honey...would you come outside for a minute?
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Some really funny posts. I love my wife, but we have some interesting discussions backing in. ��
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:57 PM   #5
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Met Joe Shepard a RW owner at Oak Creek RV Park. We were laughing about his DW complaining that he was hitting all the potholes when i said "So your wife doesn't drive either"?
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:03 PM   #6
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I installed that hardwire rear view camera, and I told her it has audio so be careful what she says back there. The audio is very clear
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Old 12-10-2015, 11:23 PM   #7
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When backing in the trailer my wife helps in the best way. She puts the leashes on the dogs and goes for a walk.
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Mine does great to. Her prefer spot is just outside the mirror so I can't see her. Once in place and the screaming is done the neighbors are all very quiet folk
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We are still learning also. MH was very,very easy and now I am long......MH could be put in almost any sight they trough at us.
I like the idea of the radios and might have to get some. Disney will be my test to see how I do since those sites are way to tight to swing it in.
When we arrived back home from Myrtle Beach this year is was dark and no moon so very dark. backing in my driveway which I have done for 20 years I missed by at least 6 feet and now have a tire rut about 8" deep and 30' long in the lawn.

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Yep ...... I've seen posts by guys who have driven 18 wheelers & now have 5ers say that it's trickier to back a 5er because of the longer tailswing and the fact that the rear axle on an 18wheeler is furthur back to enable the driver to jackknife the rig into tight spots.
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We are still learning also. MH was very,very easy and now I am long......MH could be put in almost any sight they trough at us.
I like the idea of the radios and might have to get some. Disney will be my test to see how I do since those sites are way to tight to swing it in.
When we arrived back home from Myrtle Beach this year is was dark and no moon so very dark. backing in my driveway which I have done for 20 years I missed by at least 6 feet and now have a tire rut about 8" deep and 30' long in the lawn.

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You guys get your trailer back yet. If so how the new truck work out
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:35 AM   #12
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wife signals left then right then says go forward !!! and do it again lol
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You guys get your trailer back yet. If so how the new truck work out
On a mission to the RW factory on Wednesday and will pick up on Thursday so will let you know how all goes. Not the best feeling driving 830 miles with a truck we just set up but never towed. I'm sure all will go well.

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Yep ...... I've seen posts by guys who have driven 18 wheelers & now have 5ers say that it's trickier to back a 5er because of the longer tailswing and the fact that the rear axle on an 18wheeler is furthur back to enable the driver to jackknife the rig into tight spots.
Yep, my buddy the truck driver - now this is the 3rd time he has hit something going forward - this was a fence post coming out of a gate. Big rig driver his whole life
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Yep, my buddy the truck driver - now this is the 3rd time he has hit something going forward - this was a fence post coming out of a gate. Big rig driver his whole life
Sometimes being an expert in something can be a deficit.
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Yep ...... I've seen posts by guys who have driven 18 wheelers & now have 5ers say that it's trickier to back a 5er because of the longer tailswing and the fact that the rear axle on an 18wheeler is furthur back to enable the driver to jackknife the rig into tight spots.

okay.....now I have to disagree! The "tail wag" is something to deal with but I never thought backing up my 36RL was very hard. I was a truck driver for 20 years and at the end of my truck years I taught people how to back up.

Don't make it harder than it is. Watch the tires and place them where you want them. As for the rear over hang......that comes into play going forward in tight turns more than backing up. ANYBODY can learn to back up but it takes practice and I recommend anybody having trouble backing up do the following 2 things:

#1 get a toy truck and trailer which you can buy toy campers at camping world. Practice on your kitchen table with the toy.

#2 find a large parking lot, get some markers (either trash cans or soccer field cones) and practice tight turns and backing.
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Yep, my buddy the truck driver - now this is the 3rd time he has hit something going forward - this was a fence post coming out of a gate. Big rig driver his whole life
Looks like a good time to wire in the backup camera while shes opened up
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Tracy and I use cell phones when we back in. With the hands free in the truck, we find it works just great.
Her instructions are to tell me which way the back of the trailer needs to go. And like Dave said, I watch the trailer wheels more than anything to make sure I've got them positioned where I want it to turn. Spent a bunch of time in a Mall Parking Lot.
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I never had any trouble backing up. I always found that the key is to keep the trailer moving slowly don't make any big adjustments unless you have no other choice. Watching the wheels is how I have always done it also. You can always stop pull forward a little and try again it is not a race.
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I like the walkie talkies in tight spots because it does eliminate the yelling.
Now about the yelling, we pulled into a campground and on my first shot I got it exactly where I wanted it. My wife looks at it, no matter how proud i was and says it needs to move over about a foot and a half as I'm encroaching on her chair space. 45 minutes later I still couldnt get it where she wanted it. Its a good thing it was a weekday as we were yelling and screaming at each other the entire time. If anyone heard us we would have gotten thrown out of the campground. LOL
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