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Old 05-25-2021, 12:36 PM   #1
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People Watching While Backing Up

So the other day my wife mentioned how everyone in the campground watches me back in our motorhome. I can almost always back right in the first time without adjustment(30ft so not to big)

Then I thought, well I watch people back into their spots too. Its like a right of passage. Sometimes very amusing actually. Usually see the guy trying to communicate with his wife, or whoever is there. Sometimes backed in half crooked or not backed in far enough. Then leveling the motorhome or trailer can also be a hoot.

Luckily I have never hit anything backing up(yet) and I don't plan on it.

I'm sure others do the same(watching), what about you guys?
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Old 05-25-2021, 01:03 PM   #2
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One of our favorite past times is after we have back in our rig (95%+ on the first go) we grab a adult beverage, sit down and watch the antics of some of the others. We offer to help when things are really going sideways or they ask for help.
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Old 05-25-2021, 01:20 PM   #3
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I have been backing trailers, wagons, large equipment since I was 10 yrs old

I also can usually stick the landing first try......course I have a GREAT backin partner. We understand each other and anticipate each others actions
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*Personally I think MHs are easier then truck/trailer due to trucks front end swing

Watching folks backin has been a long standing free entertainment event
Boat launch ramps, CGs especially 90* approaches ---oh yeah!
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Old 05-25-2021, 01:46 PM   #4
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Another great past time is to head to the boat ramp and watch the show there.

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I've noticed over the years if I pull up to a spot and back in perfect on the first try nobody is watching to see my great accomplishment.

However if there are a bunch of people watching that's when I have to maneuver back and forth a couple times.

I never use a spotter.
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If you are going to have an "OOPS" backing up, it will be multiplied by the number of people watching!

Backing up a tractor with 2 axel wagon with automotive steering and a load of bales when you can hardly reach the clutch, no power steering, and it's never level. That's a bit more of a challenge as a kid, makes backing up my MH a breeze!
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My DW and I sit and watch others back in their rigs also. This is why DW will not back anything in at the campground because she knows everyone is watching.
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I thought watching others back in was a right of “I got here before you” passage.
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Agree, watching boats at a launch ramp OR while anchoring/trying to anchor is equally entertaining.


With 25,000 sailing miles, Dianne and I have developed hand signals (NO, NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING) as I am on the bow with the anchor and she is back at the helm-- 35' and a dodger away with engine running. Ya, sailor terms.



We can drop hook or two hooks (Bahamian Mooring) in total silence.


And, leave under sail!


Miss that stuff.
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Thirty years sailboating on the West coast of Florida, one of the
activities that we "enjoyed" was to watch fellow boaters anchoring
or getting into a slip.
Some very good. Some not so good. Having done it both ways,
we watched and cheered when they got it good.
Just like watching RV parking.
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Thirty years sailboating on the West coast of Florida, one of the
activities that we "enjoyed" was to watch fellow boaters anchoring
or getting into a slip.
Some very good. Some not so good. Having done it both ways,
we watched and cheered when they got it good.
Just like watching RV parking.
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Yes, always or I get out and check it out. I have hit things that I could not or did not see trying to do it myself.

For years dw and I work well together.
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Another great past time is to head to the boat ramp and watch the show there.

Ken
Always good fun. Unless your in Lake Havasu City, AZ where they actually banned the ability to watch people back boats into the water. Truthfully they banned the practice of setting up lawn chairs for the event, and if a LEO/Ranger sees you loitering for too long they will move you along.

City Council are a bunch of party poopers, and I hope they are reading this...
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Always good fun. Unless your in Lake Havasu City, AZ where they actually banned the ability to watch people back boats into the water. Truthfully they banned the practice of setting up lawn chairs for the event, and if a LEO/Ranger sees you loitering for too long they will move you along.

City Council are a bunch of party poopers, and I hope they are reading this...

Man, that is terrible. And they probably ban the Flash Cards with 1-10 on them.


How do they expect you to rate their performance????
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