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Old 01-25-2015, 09:45 AM   #1
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Backing Motorhome into camp site

I am sure there has been numerous threads on this.

I had a motorhome and traded for a 5th wheel and am now back to a 40 ft Tiffin Phaeton. During my initial research I found several diagrams showing how to back into a campsite.

Does anyone have a link to similar diagrams. Not looking for any of the You Tube videos, have watched most of them and am wanting something I can put in the motorhome for review.

Thanks ...............
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Sorry! but I don't know of any diagrams that will help you back into a site.First take a good look at your site and surroundings and back up very slowly and watch your mirrors and backup monitor and when in doubt,get out and look if you don't have a good spotter. Hope this helps.
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Most people are too lazy to do it but the best policy is to get out and look.

Been guilty of it myself and have hit at least one post

Practice is the best thing you can do.
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I'd suggest you take some cones out into a large parking lot and practice. A tip a fellow gave me about driving a school bus, if you know it will fit in the space, concentrate on one side and watch that side in the mirror as you back. Still glance in the other mirror, but use the one side as your major guide. In a campsite, I pay attention to the edge of the driveway and make sure I'm backing parallel to the driveway edge.
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I get out and survey the situation because low posts are out of the driver sight - and the I dont go any faster then I want to hit something. I use Suzy eyes and the mirrors.
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I get out and survey the situation because low posts are out of the driver sight - and the I dont go any faster then I want to hit something. I use Suzy eyes and the mirrors.
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My coach never "backs up" unless I can see my wife, (and her hand signals), in the drivers side rear view mirror.

BTW, she often tells me "where to go", (even when I'm not in the coach).

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There are three graphics here.

How to Back Your RV, Motorhome or Camper Trailer into a Campsite on the first try.
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Most people are too lazy to do it but the best policy is to get out and look....
In truck training that is known as GOAL

Get
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Nothing is better than first surveying the site, making a plan and using good a spotter that you are familiar with. If you need a spotter that is new to you, make sure you take your time interpreting hand signs and stop if you don't understand.
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There was a comment on the forum yesterday about all the "Old Truck Driver's" on here owning Motorhome's.......if one had ever driven a big truck, driving a Motorhome is a easy task........and also, Truck driver's also understand/know the mechanical workings of them(Engine & chassis). Truck driver's most always never have a spotter when backing up, they always survey the area when pulling up to it, by stopping and looking, or getting out and making reference points to remember to look at in the mirror's when backing. Other than "Teams" , most all driver's are all alone.........
And even one better, I see all the time when Big Coach's are bought, the owner is never told or does not know he needs a special license to operate it in most all state's........Having this endorsement will help with/receive training for driving one.
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First, get out & survey for high and low obstructions. Then as my aunt told me years ago when backing into a campsite to focus on the edge of the driveway on the driver's side and back up parallel to the driveway edge. It has worked every time!!!

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We get out and look and then I back the rig in watching my mirrors. We stopped hollerin at each other. Now we use walkie talkies and talk normal this has helped a lot.

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Backing motor home into camp site:
Lazydays web page has excellent on line training with helpful 'landmark' hints. Easy to develop your own written instructions and diagrams.
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I do not have a DW or SO to spot for me.
I have 5 exterior cameras on my RV by Total Vision Products: . 2 nose, sides and rear camera that moves both left and right and up and down giving 180* view that I use.
With the camera system and mirrors, I have never had an accident because I take my time and Get Out And Look before backing into a camp spot for obstructions and clearances, i.e. trees, branches, bushes, fences, logs, tree stumps, big rocks, picnic table, soft soil, level-ness of site, location of utilities, etc.
AND prior to pulling up to the fuel pump, I look for my exit to ensure I have the clearance to exit avoiding the pumps, barriers, and parked vehicles.
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There was a comment on the forum yesterday about all the "Old Truck Driver's" on here owning Motorhome's.......if one had ever driven a big truck, driving a Motorhome is a easy task........and also, Truck driver's also understand/know the mechanical workings of them(Engine & chassis). Truck driver's most always never have a spotter when backing up, they always survey the area when pulling up to it, by stopping and looking, or getting out and making reference points to remember to look at in the mirror's when backing. Other than "Teams" , most all driver's are all alone.........
And even one better, I see all the time when Big Coach's are bought, the owner is never told or does not know he needs a special license to operate it in most all state's........Having this endorsement will help with/receive training for driving one.
I am not sure you need one in most all states. I know you do not need one in Arkansas, Oklahoma, I have seen several posts where people say you do not need one in their state. I have an Arkansas drivers license. I can drive my MH in any state no matter what there requirements are for having a special license.
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