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Old 11-08-2020, 03:59 PM   #1
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Need help backing into your RV barn ?

I did. Our metal barn is 17' x 40' and overhead door opening is 12' wide.

I bought about 30' of rope light and installed in the back wall....10' up, 12' across and 10' back down. (Sorry, to inept to post a picture).

As I back in..... I can see a vertical rope light in each side mirror and it helps keep me centered. There is about 1' clearance for each mirror backing in.
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Old 11-08-2020, 05:33 PM   #2
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-08-2020, 05:52 PM   #3
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Four years ago, while my trailer and truck was in the garage, I put bright orange duct tape on the floor of the garage about 4 or 5 inches from truck and trailer so I had a straight line to follow.
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Old 11-09-2020, 05:46 AM   #4
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I use traffic cones on the drivers side to help line me up. When the coach is entering the garage there's a glare in the mirrors and it hard to see inside.
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Old 11-09-2020, 06:50 AM   #5
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I also use the traffic cones for backing into the garage and actually carry a cone in the back of my truck for backing into tight camping spots. I use it as a pivot point if itís a passenger side back in. But getting back to the rope lights , really like the rope light idea!
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:10 AM   #6
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Great idea to use the rope lights. Put them on a motion sensor, and you will have them as soon as you open the door.

Myself, I like to drive in and back out. That's because my shed is almost too short after we went from the 34 foot to 39 foot rig. I only built the shed 40 feet long.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:26 AM   #7
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I sure wish that I had a garage but I live in a HOA. I have a warehouse storage rental in TN that holds about 100 RV's, boats, etc.

I use 6 red cones to help guide my way. I go slow and I will get out to access the situation as needed. As I back into my spot, I have a pole on my driver's side that ends up being right at my front bumper once I tuck in behind it.

If my neighbor on my passenger side is gone, it's easy-peasy backing in with no issues.

My other storage facility that is in California has all individual garages, again, about 100 garages at a gated monitored facility. I pull in forward in this garage which can't get any easier than that!

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Old 11-09-2020, 10:20 AM   #8
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I have a similar setup. I put large highway reflectors on the back wall to align with my MH port side. I have a wheel chock set to stop me 3' from the wall. During daylight the reflectors shine brightly, at night the LED backup lights and stop lights make the reflectors even brighter.
The rear view camera make backing into the 60'x40' RV garage quite easy by myself.
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This is where the Admiral & FSR,s come in handy. She talks. Driver listens & does what he is told, just like backing into any CG site. Sometimes we have to do a little bit of a dogleg to get around expensive stuff in here.
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