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Old 08-31-2015, 01:40 PM   #15
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Jeff post #12), I like your idea about the streamers. I will have to work on that.

Scott (post # 4), I wish that I had posted this two years ago when I first did it, maybe it would have saved you from hearing that crunch and the $9,000 repair job.

Maybe this should be a "STICKY". It might help the newbees.
Yep, it's possible that it may have helped but who knows? I usually pride myself for backing capabilities. I've backed fire trucks into precarious spots for my entire life in sunlight, midnight, ugly raining conditions and, like stated, NEVER had one incident. But, for some odd, mysterious "Rod Serling Twilight Zone" scenario, I really goofed up on that one. Needless to say, I double, triple and quadruple check, every possible angle/inch when backing now. Me and the insurance company can't afford those kinds of screw-ups.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:00 PM   #16
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...Needless to say, I double, triple and quadruple check, every possible angle/inch when backing now. ...

Me too! Recently while backing up my 36' coach into a site at a KOA in Santa Paula, CA, the fellow campers/gawkers thought I was crazy!

I was being extra cautious backing up. I'd back up, then stop and run out to check, rinse and repeat the process. Finally two "experts" with DPs of their own came out to assist. They gave me the "all clear" to back up on either side from behind.

What neither of them saw from the back where they were focused on the trees, boulders, a yapping dog running around, and the slide out of the nearby TT next door, was the Ford Super Duty pickup truck that my front cap was going to become intimate with as I swung about.

When I stepped out and pointed at the big Ford pickup truck they both said a simultaneous, "OH"!

I'm glad I quadruple checked!
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Me too! Recently while backing up my 36' coach into a site at a KOA in Santa Paula, CA, the fellow campers/gawkers thought I was crazy!

I was being extra cautious backing up. I'd back up, then stop and run out to check, rinse and repeat the process. Finally two "experts" with DPs of their own came out to assist. They gave me the "all clear" to back up on either side from behind.

What neither of them saw from the back where they were focused on the trees, boulders, a yapping dog running around, and the slide out of the nearby TT next door, was the Ford Super Duty pickup truck that my front cap was going to become intimate with as I swung about.

When I stepped out and pointed at the big Ford pickup truck they both said a simultaneous, "OH"!

I'm glad I quadruple checked!
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #18
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I took the rain gutter off the side of the house and took a chainsaw to about a foot. Put the gutter back on and had a bit more wiggle room.
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Yup - it is nice when fellow campers "help" out when you are backing in. However they will not have to pay for any damages so it does not hurt to double check.
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Never thought about marking the center. I back into a dark shed and have trouble seeing the floor marks. Best I had come up with was placing a light on the mark to see in my mirror. I like this idea better.

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Old 02-11-2016, 12:29 PM   #22
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I placed reflective tape on the back wall of the shed. I have one on each side so when I back up and can see one in each mirror I know I am centered. I have also used hose or rope on the floor but have to place it and pick it up each time.
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Well mine's a bit different...
Don't have room at the house, so have to rent a covered storage and it has a rock base...
at first tried orange paint on the rocks but it wore off...
so bought two 2x12x10' boards and painted the ends and edges... and put fluorescent orange tape on the ends...

with the previous 5'er I would just line up the dual axled tires with one side and knew I was good, then nailed down a chock on each board so I knew when to stop.

Now with the coach,
I pull in and use the same boards, odd to pull way past the chocks before I stop since the drivers seat is in front of the front tires !

Haven't decided if I want to back into the spot yet
As it looks like a shy lil thing that hides it's head in the sand:
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Infamous Captain Ron says:

"Don't worry. They'll get out of the way. I learned that driving the Saratoga."

These are words I live by, as i go with bigger has the right of way, even when backing...

Note: If you ever want to meet me. Just pullover the dude with the battle scars all over the rear of his coach. Heck, I took out an umbrella close line on this trip!

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One thing I say over and over to my DW. As the captain/driver of the coach, you're responsible. So if you're not comfortable, stop! Get out and take a look if you want to. And do not worry about anyone around you, or waiting for you. This is for both safety and to reduce the risk of damage to anything. And if you have a spotter, and you can not see the spotter, or am not clear on what the spotter is communicating - STOP! Get out, and get on the same page with the spotter.

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I have two painted lines into my space. As long as I'm between the lines, I'm clear of all obstacles, and the slides will open without hitting anything.
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I NEVER want anyone to help me back up! I'm used to doing it myself. At one FMCA rally the parking chief get mad at me for not following his exact directions. I did and ended up putting a big dent in my stainless steel exhaust pipe.
Just tell me where you want it and I'll get it there without your help!
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I have a backup camera and two good mirrors. What more do you need ??
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I have a backup camera and two good mirrors. What more do you need ??
X2...........:whis tling:

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