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Old 05-27-2011, 11:55 AM   #15
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In our case I find it works best by having DW back our coach into the space while I signal by hand outside which direction to turn steering wheel while backing etc. Must admit, she does a great job.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:35 PM   #16
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We do. If there are two of us, the coach doesn't go in reverse unless momma is in the back. We don't use radios and the speaker in our rear camera is useless with a big diesel back there. We tried the radios but they broke right away and weren't that usefull anyway.

We start by both walking around the site and discussing where we want the right rear wheel to be and things we need to do and watch for to get there. If it doesn't go smoothly I often times will get out and we'll walk around and discuss again. Maybe we're lucky... or just retired and have lots of time, but we have never really gotten testy with each other while backing in.


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dw and I do a walk around and decide whats best approach
then i watch her with the mirrors and camera.
if i stop its because i cant see her anymore and then she moves to see me in the mirrors.
so far i havent run over her

if its been a stressful drive.......we take longer so we can unwind
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:41 PM   #17
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i watch her with the mirrors and camera.
if i stop its because i cant see her anymore and then she moves to see me in the mirrors.
so far i havent run over her
Ditto back at ya Powerboater. I left this part out but if I don't see her in one of the mirrors the coach stops until I do. Maybe that's why we don't argue when backing in... she know who's on foot and who's at the controls of 15 tons.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #18
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She stands on the side of the coach at the back if there a obstruction there. If not she knows where the sewer compartment is and lines it up with the connection. If she can't see me in the mirror I can't see her. As long as I can see her I know I won't be sleeping alone that night.
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If the female will back in the coach while the male provides direction that may work best. Please, no flames, as a species the female generally speaking will take direction better than the male. The male provides direction better than the female.

For me, since the wife will have no part in any coach movement tasks, I have a process that allows me to properly back into just about any site on the first try.
Gary, Care to share the process you use?

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Sounds like the original OP had one of those experiences DW & myself had before we worked out our new stradegy. We both get out and agree where we want to put the rear wheels/bumper in relation to utilities and level. And we use radios because of the many places we've been that may have obstacles on the passenger side to manuver around. And frankly, sometimes I can't see her. So, keep a good set of radios. You will be amazed at how many times you will use them outside of backing in a spot.

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I have a very good "momback" she stands or walks behind and to the drivers side so she can see me in the mirror and I can see her. I have always tried to stay out of the entertainment business at campgrounds so we stop both get out and look it over and she decides where I want to put it and then she stands where she wants the drivers side back corner to be (don't be fooling with that sentance) I just kind of try to get it there with the least amount of entertainment possable.
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Larry Dre,
I had not planned to contribute to this thread until I saw the picture of your trawler style boat. We had one that we cruised extensively, had it for 25 yrs and made the transition to TT last summer. You said it correctly PLAN THE MANUVER before backing. That is the way THE WIFE and I docked the boat, planned the docking before we started it. We do the same with the TT, stop reconnoiter the spot and decide what we want.
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I had not planned to contribute to this thread until I saw the picture of your trawler style boat. We had one that we cruised extensively, had it for 25 yrs and made the transition to TT last summer. You said it correctly PLAN THE MANUVER before backing. That is the way THE WIFE and I docked the boat, planned the docking before we started it. We do the same with the TT, stop reconnoiter the spot and decide what we want.
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We had a ball and now in the TT.

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Like Wayne, I ask for a pull through. Even with those DW does the guiding. When backing I must have her in sight or the coach doesn't move. She picks the spot where she can see to guide me. She's retired LEO and I spent 39 years doing and/or teaching it. We've both have had our share of traffic control. There is never a question of her directions, either hand signal or by radio. If she has any question about the final placement of the coach, I'll get out and check it to make sure that I'm comfortable with clearances for the bay door, slides and awnings to open and that the electrical cord will reach. I carry plenty of extra water and sewer hose so they are not critical. She does a magnificent job and I follow her directions explictedly.
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We start by both walking around the site and discussing where we want the right rear wheel to be and things we need to do and watch for

Great tip RickO. will sure use that in the future.

My DW has great arm motion and i have come to understand what she means (probably kinda like monkey communication, haha) But if she is not available to help me back into a site i prefer to work solo!!
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We use hand signals and the mirrors. Dw on the ground me in the seat. No problems to this point. However,to fully disclose, we have been married 47 years and she has been training me since I was 19!
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We start by both walking around the site and discussing where we want the right rear wheel to be and things we need to do and watch for

Great tip RickO. will sure use that in the future.
I actually ment to say it's the LEFT rear wheel we want to determine the location of. I haven't heard it mentioned yet but it's usually the position of the slides we have to be most concerned with. On the driver's side there's frequently obstructions that need to be taken into accout to allow both drivers side slides to be deployed.

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