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Old 04-02-2016, 02:52 PM   #1
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Backing up RV!

I took a class years ago on backing into your RV site. They said it was best if the drivers side of your MH or tow vehicle was on what side of your RV site?

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When I drove over the road, I quickly learned that when I had to back in, the entrance was to be on my drivers side, not the blind side..........backing in on the passenger side is when accidents happen. In campgrounds/resorts, I ask to be led to the site, so the site is on my drivers side if it is a back-in.
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To me it doesn't make any difference, you are still trying the back it into position in a defined space, as close to the pedestal you can get and still open your slide. When assigned a camp spot you don't always get to choose what direction you get to approach from, so you should be able to do it from both directions. The pedestal will always be on your drivers side anyway.
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Old 04-02-2016, 03:18 PM   #4
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its not about the electrical hook up/s Mike, it is about backing up on your drivers side so you can see, compared to backing in from your blind side with just using your mirror. When backing from the drivers side, you have your mirror, and also can look out your drivers side window and see just about everything.
One accident in my semi, and some words of wisdom from a old truck driver is how I developed my backing habits. If needed, sometimes, I would drive up the road as far as I had to, just to turn around, so when backing in, it was done on my drivers side. Maybe this is not necessary for everyone..........
I have not had a accident since.......
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A lot of parks have the back-in sites angled to the road, which really leaves you no choice.
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A lot of parks have the back-in sites angled to the road, which really leaves you no choice.
No choice needed then, really easy to back into! using both mirrors. Those back ins , layed out like that are nice
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To me it doesn't make any difference, you are still trying the back it into position in a defined space, as close to the pedestal you can get and still open your slide. When assigned a camp spot you don't always get to choose what direction you get to approach from, so you should be able to do it from both directions. The pedestal will always be on your drivers side anyway.
Not necessarily true. I have been in campgrounds where the pedestal is on the passenger side. I have also been in one campground where the pedestal was in the rear center of the space.
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but everytime I back into a spot, no matter from which direction I use my drivers side as a point of reference, as that is the side with the pedestal. Not that I don't use both mirrors and my back up camera, after getting out and taking a look at what I'm backing into if its tight to begin with. I'm trying to imagine where you would have to use your passenger side as the point of reference. Knock on wood, over 40 years of Boats, trailers, MH's I've never hit anything while backing into a spot.
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Not necessarily true. I have been in campgrounds where the pedestal is on the passenger side. I have also been in one campground where the pedestal was in the rear center of the space.
I have only seen that on a pull thru set up once. I wouldn't want to stay somewhere where all my hook ups were on the opposite side of the MH, where we sit, put out the awning ect. I guess it could happen but the remedy would just be to pull in , and back out when you leave.
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Driver's side for a Class A is slightly easier. As long as you first get out and map your indented path, find your land marks and obstructions you'll have a full view of the left side of camp site from the moment the coach is placed in reverse until you set the parking brake. Plus the left or driver's side of a camp site when backing usually has those items that don't move (water, power and such).
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I have only seen that on a pull thru set up once. I wouldn't want to stay somewhere where all my hook ups were on the opposite side of the MH, where we sit, put out the awning ect. I guess it could happen but the remedy would just be to pull in , and back out when you leave.
That brings up another interesting point...........I have been in "Pull-in sites" and have always backed out to the drivers side, not the passenger side(Blind side)
How do others back out of a "Pull in site"...............drivers side or blind side?
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Our park here in Florida leaves you no choice. You back in from the blind side. If you know how to use your mirrors and camera it's not a problem. I think it's best to know how to back in both ways. Practice makes perfect and makes you a more proficient driver overall. JMHO of course.
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Per professional trucking .. Driver side curving baking into the spot # 2 the straight back #3 the right or passenger blind side back ( was never supposed to be done unless a spotter was present ) this was basic training I received from a delivery company and did for almost 30 years who had plenty of accident prevention data to rely upon
actually it was never back!!! And when you did have to back the above order was to be followed and should be done immediately upon arrival so as not to wait until children or other items could get behind you
Of course in a RV there are normally two of you one being a spotter
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:39 PM   #14
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Stano,
Lazy Days has some online courses that are helpful. Also, RV 101 may have some on You Tube.
The one I remember and my wife and I use with our MH involves two adults.
These instructions are for a drivers side campsite. (All movements need to be done with caution to avoid obstacles at sides and overhead of MH)
1. Locate the point on your unit that is 8' in front of your drive axle (This can be done at home. I put a small piece of painters tape there and it seems to stay okay).
2. When arriving at the campsite stop and have a helper stand at a point which is inline with the campsite's edge (usually the edge with the hookups) and a couple feet off of the camp road. Helper remains standing at this location.
3. Drive your MH along the camp road until the driver is next to the helper who is standing. Stop. (When done correctly the helper should be located so they can raise their arm and touch the side of the MH about 3'-4')
4. The helper continues to stand in the original spot.
Slowly drive the MH forward until the standing helper signals that the 8' mark is next to them. As soon as the 8' mark is at the standing helper start making a hard sharp right and continue moving hard right forward. (If the area is clear the MH should be able to continue going forward with the rear drivers side narrowly clearing the standing helper. Be careful)
5. Once the rear has cleared the helper stop. Helper can now move out of the way. Turn the wheel hard left and slowly hard left back into the campsite. As the side of the MH becomes parallel with the campsite straighten the wheels.
Locate in site as needed.
Hope this helps.
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