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Old 04-04-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
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I see a lot of blaming the wife for hand signals

But how many have been a good teacher about hand signals. After a few shall we say moments and 7 years with the wife parking me we have developed a good system. Waving at me gets no where. So WE have developed good signals between us. If I loose sight I stop and don't move. When I regain sight we move again. The larger the signal the better, a queen wave can't be seen at 40' but a arm direction can. Also give her or him the time to go side to side to make sure a dang tree or rock hasn't moved in the last 30 seconds. Radios are fine but I find unless there is constant chatter from the guide I get worried. Anyone else have tips????

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Old 04-04-2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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Get a backup camera.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:28 PM   #3
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You can't see it all with the camera!!!! Got one and use it but it doesn't look at tree cover. OH I am 63' long too.
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My wife is great with hand signals. We can park the MH pretty much without saying a word to each other. She knows, if she can't see ME in the mirror, I can't see her. And just like Olylen, when/if I loose sight of her, I STOP, and don't move till eye contact is made again.
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We also use our cell phones. The driver has there's on speaker.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:34 PM   #6
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My dw has taught many how to guide their driver on how to back. Excellent hand and arm signals.
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I get it started in right direction then let DW back on in under my direction. That way I know slides will go out, awning will miss trees, cords and hoses will reach
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DW gives good hand signals, just haven't figured out what the raised middle finger means?
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DW gives good hand signals, just haven't figured out what the raised middle finger means?
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Seriously sore subject for me. I've been a professional bus driver for more than 20 years, during which I've also been a driver trainer. I can say with certainty that I am at the very least an experienced and competent teacher of the use of hand signals. DW on the other hand has her own "system" of assorted arm waving, finger pointing, grunts, half sentences, as well as some behaviors that defy written description.

I have hit only one thing while backing a coach in all my years of professional driving, and that was while backing my own coach into my own driveway under the direction of DW.

Am I blaming DW? Not at all. I knew she was going to send me few signals I would understand, but I chose to proceed anyway. Not everyone is willing or able to adopt standard signals. In my DW's case, it most certainly is an unwillingness to do it "your way."
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Standard aircraft marshaling signals used with your backup camera w/sound works well
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But how many have been a good teacher about hand signals. After a few shall we say moments and 7 years with the wife parking me we have developed a good system. Waving at me gets no where. So WE have developed good signals between us. If I loose sight I stop and don't move. When I regain sight we move again. The larger the signal the better, a queen wave can't be seen at 40' but a arm direction can. Also give her or him the time to go side to side to make sure a dang tree or rock hasn't moved in the last 30 seconds. Radios are fine but I find unless there is constant chatter from the guide I get worried. Anyone else have tips????

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I go along with your way - the only difference is I do stop and get out to check things if there is any doubt in my mind about the signals. My spouse tends to watch the ground so I don't hesitate to stop, get out and look at tree branches or ??
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we used two ways but now use cellphones.
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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.
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