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Old 05-10-2015, 08:55 AM   #1
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Driving Solo question

We have run into a problem we don't know how to fix. Where our street intersects the highway, it has a left hand angle. If I'm driving alone, I can't see traffic coming from the right without getting out of my seat, checking for traffic, then trying to hurry out before something comes. Can anyone share a way to handle that? Right now, we're driving 4 miles to a different intersection, but what do you do when traveling and this is unexpected?
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Can you mount a camera to view the road to the right?
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:06 AM   #3
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Jim, I feel your pain! On a recent trip from h@ll I almost gave someone a new customized door style! At the botton of a ramp, I could not see far enough back. I got up, looked (noticed the nearby curve in the road) and then headed out. Naturally, someone was rounding that curve and not at the 25 posted. A close call! For the rest of the trip I got use to turning the convex mirror out to max!
I am going to add to the top of the passenger mirror to cover that area. So far, I have found this which I think will work. All the other so called "blind spot" mirrors are just that, "spots"!
The only thing I am not sure of is their mounting system. I have concerns about attaching to the plastic housing. I am sure I can do better!

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Do you have side view cameras? If not it may be worth the investment.
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This is our first summer to really use the MH and of course the right side camera didn't work when we purchased it. I'm not sure the camera would show enough out to the side to help with this problem. Something like SkaterDoc's idea might be the ticket. It just seems there should be a way to see. Maybe customizing a camera would work.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:13 PM   #6
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You have to make the intersection into a T intersection for the purposes of entering the highway. You can try this without the trailer attached.

As you come to the intersection drive close to or almost on to the center-line of the road. (almost as if you are going to make a right turn) Just before you come to a stop cut the wheels hard to the right. Your truck should come to a stop at right angles to the highway. The trailer will start to follow you to the right but still be in the driving lane.

You should be able to see the traffic to the right through the passengers window. When traffic is clear make a left hand turn. The trailer will follow.

It may take a couple practice runs to figure out when to cut to the right but once you do it will be second nature. Dont forget - it will take a while for the trailer to start following so when you make the left hand turn the trailer will have only made a small correction to the right.

Note: this works well for unloaded too.
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Have the same issue with a road I use, I just swing wide to the LEFT when approaching the stop line (2 MH lengths away) and then at the last minute cut it hard to the right so I'm at right angles with the road I'm going to enter. Had top do this 20+ years while driving truck too. It's something that will come with ease with practice.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:50 PM   #8
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Swinging out to the left may work when "out and about" but not in this particular area. The MH blocks the left lane, traffic entering is clipping along pretty good because they're coming off a major highway and there's no where for them to go because of a culvert. We will continue to go to the other highway entrance but I just wondered how others handled it when traveling. Most of the time there are 2 of us but on those other occasions...
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #9
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I was going to suggest the same thing as Gordon, with the caveat "if there's enough room."

A camera probably can't be angled far enough to see the traffic from the right, and a blind spot mirror (which I'm usually a huge fan of) probably won't let you see far enough down the road to make a safe left.

So - and this just popped in my head - how about a hand-held make-up mirror? If it was 4"-6" or so, you should be able to just hold it out in front of you (like, at arm's length or so) with plenty of angle adjustment to see the traffic coming a long way off. Then stow it away in a nearby pocket or compartment for next time.

Now that I think about it, I'm going to get one for myself. Do they even sell super manly, hand-held make-up mirrors?

Good luck, happy travels!
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I have the same problem on this road by my house:


1. I have a side view camera already. It shows the side of the coach for changing lanes but is not angled enough to show the lane(s) of traffic in this situation.
2. Traffic on the main road is doing 50mph going downhill and there's two lanes of traffic in both directions.

I added a convex mirror that was made for the top of my side view mirror (looked up my mirror online and saw that they sold an additional piece that sits on top of my existing mirrors). You have to adjust it all the way right and up to try to see that blind spot. Even with this mirror that is now 6 or so feet away from you in the drivers seat, the reflection of the cars is EXTREMELY small because the mirror is only about 3x5 inches.

So if solo, I still go miles out of my way to avoid this turn. If I encounter an unexpected road by myself, I study that little mirror intently, pull out when I THINK I see no traffic and PRAY!

Believe it or not, I actually bought a smaller, 2nd RV to drive when I'm solo just to avoid this very scary situation!
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Of course every coach is different but in mine I have learned to always leave the window blinds open on both of the windows on the passenger side, it almost always allow me to see that right hand area, especially by angling a little to the left at the intersection.
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I have one place that nothing works but to use the window behind the passenger seat. I drive aiming towards my turn and that allows me to see out that window.
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I was going to suggest the same thing as Gordon, with the caveat "if there's enough room."

A camera probably can't be angled far enough to see the traffic from the right, and a blind spot mirror (which I'm usually a huge fan of) probably won't let you see far enough down the road to make a safe left.

So - and this just popped in my head - how about a hand-held make-up mirror? If it was 4"-6" or so, you should be able to just hold it out in front of you (like, at arm's length or so) with plenty of angle adjustment to see the traffic coming a long way off. Then stow it away in a nearby pocket or compartment for next time.

Now that I think about it, I'm going to get one for myself. Do they even sell super manly, hand-held make-up mirrors?

Good luck, happy travels!

That might be a quick and easy solution!
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