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Old 06-04-2016, 06:03 PM   #15
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My first thought is that you won't fit in a 10' wide space. I'm sure there's some additional detail you didn't provide, but your unit is 8 1/2' wide with a 12" mirror on each side. You'll also need room to get out. Is the 10' considering the Eve's on the house? You have to fit under those. If I could fit, I would definitely drive in.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:12 PM   #16
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You could do it either way. I use the DW as spotter. She tells me where she wants me to put the rear (or front) of the coach. One signal you and your spotter MUST agree on is the signal to STOP!!!

I also agree with the prior poster who mentioned finding a vacant parking lot and "playing". Practice makes perfect.

Another thing you might want to invest in is getting someone to give you (and your DW) lessons in how to properly handle the coach. I did and it helped a lot!!! School I used was http://www.rvschool.com/ They have instructors who will teach you in your coach. My instructor also got me up on the roof and gave me some things I needed to address in the near future.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:32 PM   #17
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I find pulling in forward is easier because the back wheels always follow the front wheels.
BTW I don't back up without my spotter giving me guidance.
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In my experience the back wheels do not follow the front wheels when turning into a parking spot, in fact they track inside the radius of the turn. You will have much more control backing into a space as you can put the rear end where you want it and swing the front side to side to make corrections as dpinvidc suggested. Rear end steering in tight conditions is much more manoeuvrable. I always back into parking spaces with my SUV or car in shopping malls using my mirrors, it's great practise for backing up. First off, you can see what's in the spot before you back in and secondly it's much easier to see when pulling out, you have less chance of a pedestrian walking unnoticed behind you. But hey, whatever works for you.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:36 PM   #18
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We pull in and back out and park next to garage. Just easier then trying to back in.
That's what I do also, plus it puts the door on the side towards the house.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:59 AM   #19
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That's what I do also, plus it puts the door on the side towards the house.

Where I want the door most often determines whether I back in or pull in forward.
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:56 AM   #20
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In my experience the back wheels do not follow the front wheels when turning into a parking spot, in fact they track inside the radius of the turn. You will have much more control backing into a space as you can put the rear end where you want it and swing the front side to side to make corrections as dpinvidc suggested. Rear end steering in tight conditions is much more manoeuvrable. I always back into parking spaces with my SUV or car in shopping malls using my mirrors, it's great practise for backing up. First off, you can see what's in the spot before you back in and secondly it's much easier to see when pulling out, you have less chance of a pedestrian walking unnoticed behind you. But hey, whatever works for you.
I agree, but did not want to get into that side of the conversation. I wanted the OP to realize that you have more control on where the rear end goes when yoh back up as oposed to leading the rear end.

Driving straight in is easy, but if you must turn a corner to get into your spot, backing in will give the driver more control.

A side benefit of backing in, is it give you a chance to check your brake lights. I back into my garage, and notice the reflection off the back wall if all the lights are working.

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I would back in for a couple of reasons:

1. You will need to back in at non pull thru campsites. So, you might as well practice.


2. You are backing in from the street. You are already blocking any traffic. The traffic (vehicles and pedestrians) see you and will normally not try to sneak by you as you slowly back up.
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:49 AM   #22
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I prefer backing in but that is just my preference.
X2. I back into a very tight spot but it is easier to back in versus backing out. You just have to decide what feels best to you.
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Old 06-05-2016, 02:01 PM   #23
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Backing in is my preferred way.... I'd suggest you go to one of those parking lots close by, set up some cones and practice backing between them until you have it down....

Face it - you will eventually be staying in some back-in camp sites so it's a skill you need to master.... Obviously you never back up with your tow car attached....

Good luck....
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I'd get some traffic cones, go to a big parking lot, set up a space and Practice, practice, practice! You'll get the feel soon. Some of the tutorial videos are good to watch also.
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I may be weird, but I can back the MH into a tighter space than pulling in forward!

I just keep looking from one mirror to the other, comparing the space I see from the wall of the MH to the obstruction.
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I may be weird, but I can back the MH into a tighter space than pulling in forward!

I just keep looking from one mirror to the other, comparing the space I see from the wall of the MH to the obstruction.
Your driving abilities would not affect your weirdness, but I feel the same way.

Thank goodness for microphones on the rear view cameras. I call it the marriage saver as while my DW may not possess the art of giving hand signals or even staying in my field of view she talks well and since I can hear her giving me explicit and even sometimes heated direction I can react to her commands.

I seldom have a spotter when I move the motorhome from storage to the house. I just know how to use my mirrors and I know when to stop.
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Old 06-05-2016, 04:43 PM   #27
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That's what I do also, plus it puts the door on the side towards the house.
I do the same.

At times your going to block traffic for a few seconds either way you do it. They just have to live with it !
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Do like us truckers do, have a goal. (Get out and Look) Regardless, forward or backward movement.
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