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Old 04-09-2013, 11:23 PM   #57
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You will get more familiar with where your rig is over time. When I first got mine, I had a much harder time gauging where I was in the site as I was backing in. With practice that became much easier. Having said that, I will look for sites that present fewer challenges, but barring that, lots of looking and stopping to look is often the only way to be sure. I try to keep a mental picture of the site in my mind as I am backing in. I know for example, that I might have 20 feet to the end of the site, that I want to turn slightly to straighten out the rig just before the end and where are things like fire rings and tables. Again so I can orient the rig in a way that is complimentary.

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #58
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My father-in-law made his wife back in while she was looking at him ONLY. He would tell her which way to turn and stand outside the driver's window. No problems with hand signals, left, right, how far back, etc.

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I always travel with the DW but never ask her for assistance unless the situation is extremely tight like having to maneuver around low hanging limbs on the blind side. I always get out and survey the situation before hand and get out as often as necessary to reassess as needed. I can normally line the drivers side up with the parking pad edge and/or electrical post and use that as a reference for keeping straight. Using mirrors and backup camera most jobs are pretty uneventful. For night time backing I do have the luxury of high power 'docking' lights as well as a roof mounted spot light. We have a 38' DP. If you have your mirrors properly adjusted and learn how to use them backing is normally a pretty straight forward task.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:28 AM   #60
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Originally Posted by Muddypaws View Post
After 40 something years of trying I gave up. My DW can't back her own car into a space without dozens of tries, and it has a camera.

Her job is to stand where I place her, the pivot point. I always walk the site and figure it out beforehand. For some reason she holds her arms out despite my telling her it's not needed. I haven't told her she's a traffic cone. We're working on her telling me to stop BEFORE I hit something.

Can't live with 'em, get tired of my own cooking.
Are you sure that wasn't my DW you are referring to. I'm going to show her this post and hope she laughs.

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