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Old 11-23-2011, 09:24 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by tranquility View Post
Jay and I solved any possible problems with this by using the same signals I use while spotting Jeeps up an obstacle. It's always "driver" and "passenger" and refers to the direction she wants the rear of the motor home to go.

Any other communications are prefixed with "stop" then she goes into details.

The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:29 AM   #30
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We use the Wal-MART specials...they work pretty good for what we need or use the rear camera audio....

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:59 AM   #31
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Must be hell getting so old you need help backing up. My DW can not assist and will not drive, but I have never had a problem, just use the mirrors and the back up Cam which is sweet.

Well I have to take that never had a problem back... One time when my oldest daughter was with us, she got out and was going to tell me how to back into a spot, after a few seconds I told her to get back in the MH and shut up. Everything was fine from then on...
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:48 AM   #32
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My dw loves to camp, but everything to be done, wiith the exception of INDOOR cooking, is my job not hers.

Its not even her job to crank in the step well cover when it becomes obvious I may need to exit the motorhome. (Damn I miss the pace arrows drivers door) but I digress.

I backup on my own. 2 mirrors and a backup camera.
I'm getting better at it.
First autumn, I backed the pace arrow into a big yellow digger thing trying to get to a dumpsite, damage was 14k, state farm took care of it, biody shop winterized the rig amd gave us winter storaGe for free.

I thought I was getting pretty good at it, but last time up the driveway I put the knight into the basketball net. :(
Cost me a tail light, which I will need to replace next spring.

I generally:
Get her situated.
Ask the wife to bring in the power step cover, then do it myself.
Do a walk around.
Back the moho half or 3/4 of the wAy in.
Do another walk around.
Backin the rest of the way.
Walk around again to make sure I can reach all the hookups. ( my third trip past the dw's feet, she has not moved throughout this process.

I camp by myself a lot on business trips....
I kinda liuke that.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:23 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by H. Miller View Post
Gosh, are we the only ones that use the mike (mic) built into the camera?
That's only one way commo, we use cell phones, I put mine on speaker.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:32 PM   #34
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Standard aviation marshaling hand signals work for us. The all important rear view camera sound is always helpful during those 'close' encounters of the immobile kind. Bob
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:13 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by tranquility View Post
Weve been using the cobra micro talk radios for several years, originaly for on the water when kayaking. After seeing a number of folks backing into trees or other non-movable objects and and the potential domestics " NO NO I MEAN MY OTHER RIGHT", we always use our radios. Small investment VS the negatives.
When the wife tell me "right", that means the trailer has to go to the right.

I will toss this out. Remember to turn them on. The wife was telling me to stop, and I didn't have the radio on, and backed into the garage. Opps.
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:35 PM   #36
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We use the dual-duplex headsets as they do not require hands pressing buttons, and we can both talk at the same time (don't have to wait for the other person to quit transmitting to interrupt). We tried FRS radios but DW had problems talking before she pushed the button ...and you cannot interrupt the speaker until they quit transmitting. The radio headsets are fantastic when a helpful neighbor/park manager tries to get involved. They can wave their hands all they want, but I can be calmly talking/listening in a regular voice with DW and take her direction regardless of how animated the other "helper" gets.

Anyone with a diesel-pusher knows the rear camera mic is useless for talking when the engine is running.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:12 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by Ray,IN
Yep, got one. KEW 0304.
Very Good Sir!

So few folk understand let alone get one...
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:11 PM   #38
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Midland FRS/GMRS radios (WPZ 1327). Works for DW and myself and the 5ver. She's directing, I'm driving. She talks and I listen. Never found the need for duplexing. If I ever do need to tell her anything (very infrequently), I just stop. If I'm not moving at all, let alone in the direction she wants me to go, she knows that I've got something to say and she gets off the radio so I can ask her a question. Works for us and in all the years we've used them we've never had crosstalk on our channels. With all the channels and security codes, the odds are astronomical that anyone would be on the same frequency. We also have Weather on these radios and always take them on our "walk-abouts" just in case bad weather blows in unexpectedly. They also come in handy when we get separated for any number of reasons. We've also got FRS/GMRS/GPS radios for when we go "off exploring".

The Midland radios vary in range from ~1 mile in hilly dense forest to ~5 miles in the flatlands that are prairie or desert. More than adequate for what we use them for.

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #39
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We use cell phone, speaker phone. That way it is hands-off on the phone and both hands for the wheel.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #40
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Tried radios but just didn't workout. Tried hand signals and that was a bust too. Now I just walk to the back of the coach and look at the site, both High and Low, and then backup using my side mirrors. If it is a real difficult site then I stop get out reinspect and then continue on.

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