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Old 04-05-2014, 07:48 AM   #15
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Kate is great at giving hand signals, now if I could figure out what all of them mean I'll back it in. Jim
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:49 AM   #16
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I typically stop, get out, make a plan, then back in. The DW I use to watch my corners and in the past, position of wheels on leveler blocks. She has one command, Fingers up, palm facing me. This gives me the stop command, I have either "arrived" or I need to get out and reconfig. This has worked for me in my fifth wheels parking in some pretty tight spaces. I find backing the motorhome, even with a trailer is so much easier, as the cameras give me a better look.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:26 AM   #17
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I back myself in. Thats what mirrors are for. Always obey this one rule...When in doubt get out and look.

When I started driving over the road I got some good advice from my dad. Practice practice practice. If you cant drive it backwards you have no business driving it forward.

Now that what I just said makes me sound like a know it all jackass I will say that I rarely hit it right on the first time.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:38 AM   #18
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What I need is a Wife.. or at least a traveling companion.

There is a set of standardized hand signals that are so intuitive that the first time I encountered someone using them I knew just what he wanted. I think the FMCA has a link to a video of them somewhere but I will attempt to describe.

Hands up, (Fingers pointing up) palms facing away from signlar "Pushing" motion: Move away from me. (Normally pull forward)
Palms toward signal giver "Come hither" motion.. Come hither, Move towards me (normally back up)

Sweepign to the right or left.. Move to the right or left (See note)

Arms crossed like a Rail Road Crossing sign. STOP!

NOTE: I have had to reverse the right/left for someone backing a trailer because.. Well if you back a trailer you knwo.. One of us has to think backwards.. I have that ability.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:10 AM   #19
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Smile Blaming Women no longer!

We have solved the problem of parking, since men don't take direction easily & women do , I jump in the drivers seat to park and he directs me ,problem solved !
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:30 AM   #20
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We also use the "I don't see ya, I stop until our eyes meet again." Then proceed. Even when the guy next door stops by and starts telling us what to do, Very irritating. Haven't had it happen at a CG yet but will follow our way of doing it. So far nothings been hit or ran over. 3 years and last but not least, keep your kids at your Camp site until we get backed in.
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We use Arm Signals.

No hand signals.

Has worked great for 12+ years.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:14 AM   #22
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I combine what two other posters do. It has worked wonderfully for us, we have never fought and never once damaged any MH we have had.

We both walk the site, make a plan that includes where the coach should potentially back up. We discuss any potential problems and if there is something of concern we discuss it who is responsible to protect the coach from that danger. Generally the SO protects the back and I protect the front.

When we do back in we use the backup camera sound and voice commands. Since she is the "marshaller" she is in control and I respond to her commands, two way communication is not necessary and in fact undesirable. If I disagree I STOP, get out and we talk about it (done this about 3 times in 4 years). Works great for us, no fights, no damage and 99% of the time we get the coach in the exact spot on the first try.
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Wink

We have walkie-talkies, and I don't talk -- I just put my unit in the cup holder and listen. If I am not sure of something, I just stop and wait for clarification. With all my mirrors, my back-up camera, and her verbal instructions, I seem to be able put it where it belongs with little fuss.

And if something were to happen, I would not be to blame!
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:35 PM   #24
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Hey, I'm thinking someone could make money by putting some toy train tracks on the edge and on the roof of the RV. Then, the little toy locomotive pulls a flat bed with a camera mounted on it. The train just goes around and around the top perimeter of the RV while we try to park, beaming all the video to the in dash LCD display, of course.

It makes us want to say, ummmm!

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Wait, wait wife. I got better ... How about one of those copter thingys that they sell nowadays. It would be designed to automatically fly somewhere behind the RV as we park, beaming 3D video to one of those new Oculus Rift game sets. That is the ultimate parking assistant.

... and the DW just hands me another drink. I needed that!
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DW gives good hand signals, just haven't figured out what the raised middle finger means?
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I would suggest any communication break down with the DW didn't just start the first time you backed up the RV...Just sayin
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May I strongly suggest any communication break down with the DW didn't just start the first time you backed up the RV...
My thoughts, exactly. And the day my hubby "blames" me for anything is the day he can do it by himself. It takes two for successful communication.
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I feel from reading the contiued post that one of the best marriage saving items ever invented was the Pull Thru Site! lol
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