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Old 04-05-2014, 11:18 PM   #29
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I have never understood the need for signals from someone on the ground when backing. I have mirrors to see down each side of the coach, and a back-up camera to see directly behind me. I use all those tools and back in myself. I just don't see the need for someone on the ground.

When faced with a back-in, I'll get the coach into position, then stop and get out to inspect the situation. I'll check the position of the utility connections, tables, trees, mail boxes, etc. That's also when I look up high...the one direction I can't see from the drivers seat...to see if there are any overhead obstacles to deal with. Then it's the mirrors, the camera and a slow, steady back-in to the spot.

Learning how to back up is just as important as learning how to drive forward. If you are not confident when backing your coach, practice, practice, practice!
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:44 PM   #30
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My wife loves the audio option on our back up camera. She does all the talking giving me directions and I cannot respond back being in the drivers seat. She thinks it was invented by a women.
Love it very funny
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:59 PM   #31
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My wife gives me hand signals, I just wish they didn't hurt so much! Just kidding. We work well together!
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:10 AM   #32
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I use two ways radio's ,If she's not talking I'm not moving .
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:23 AM   #33
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We use the RV headsets, yes they look a little funny but they are full duplex meaning we both can talk and hear at the same time. I can position her when I can't see her and I can ask how I'm doing, something you can't do with a rear camera and for me cell phones are hard to hear on speaker mode. The headsets block out the background noise with the mic right next to your mouth.

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Old 04-06-2014, 07:33 AM   #34
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I don't hear anyone considering a new Wife! With better skills?
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We use the RV headsets, yes they look a little funny but they are full duplex meaning we both can talk and hear at the same time. I can position her when I can't see her and I can ask how I'm doing, something you can't do with a rear camera and for me cell phones are hard to hear on speaker mode. The headsets block out the background noise with the mic right next to your mouth.

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We tried these but there was so much interference and static we couldn't hear each other.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:40 AM   #36
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I give the hand signals. She sits in the drivers seat. That way the coach is exactly where I want it. No complaints.
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I don't hear anyone considering a new Wife! With better skills?

That would be the most expensive option!
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:16 AM   #38
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We have a very curvy driveway that is also a grade 4 hill, about 350 feet long. In order to get our coach into our building, we have to back it up the driveway. We use talk-about walkie talkies. We have developed a simple system where she directs with simple commands without any verbal response from me. The commands are right, left, slower,stop, more right and more left, plus the word good to confirm my reaction to the direction. As the driver, I have complete trust in what she is telling me. Because of the hill and curves, the back up camera does not give me a complete look at where I need to be. We use the same whenever we have to back up. We watch many people struggle/argue with hand signals and mirrors. This works great for us.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:25 PM   #39
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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 !
Not all women take directions well either. My DP would never take directions, we solved basically the same way you did. I will take directions, so I back up and she gives me directions.
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Take a look at the videos at RV Driver Confidence Course 2: How Big Is Your RV's Blindspot? - betterRVing! Experience better RVing. particularly #7 if you learn those hand signals then there is never any confusion on what is expected.
I typically do not get out and walk around unless DW requests. She knows exactly what to look for and how far from the pedestal, overhead limbs, etc. we need to be.
I have cameras and mirrors also, I use them to watch her. Could I park it without her help, absolutely but it is so much less stressful when she is guiding me into a tight spot.
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As I said in post #4, we can park our MH very quickly. I could park it myself. As some others have said, they're good at backing, use their mirrors, backup cameras, etc. I kind of pride myself on being able to back any trailer, 5th wheel, bus, or any other type of vehicle very well. BUT, it NEVER hurts to have another set of eyes looking out for you.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:14 PM   #42
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I drop the DW off at the camp store and go pick her up when I'm all set up.
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