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Old 10-03-2006, 11:23 AM   #29
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How to back up your trailer:

1. Pull up just beyond the site
2. Cut your wheel to the opposite direction
3. Place transmission in reverse gear
4. Adjust your mirrors
5. Adjust your sunglasses
6. Strategically place toothpick in side of mouth, (cigarette in other side optional)
7. Cock head to the left
8. Gun the engine
9. Honk horn
10. Mash the accelerator.

How to back your trailer at night:

1. Perform steps as indicated above, except without the sunglasses
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:07 PM   #30
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Backing with a helper

This is how it seems to go with someone helping me back up:
Either (a) stand in a spot I can't see you, and use hand signals.
or (b) Use verbal communication, like "Okay, back, back, left, right, left, left, LEFT!" followed by a loud crunching noise of either the trailer or the truck knocking something over. "Okay, that's good!"
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:31 PM   #31
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walk the walk, talk the talk

You know, I've known some people who carry around a walkie talkie, one held by the driver, the other by the 'backupper helper'..eventually, you just hear the two of them communicating (or is it yelling) back and forth to each other for about 5 minutes..I usually try to stay in the view of the driver's side and guide my husband back into the spot closest to the water/sewer/cable setups..as long as we get into our site before dark, we're fine and dandy!
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:00 PM   #32
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that is what I was talking about,,,cell phone or walkie works great.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:11 PM   #33
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Backing up and a few other less mundane things

I get tears thinking about all the couples going through this exercise all over the country and for so many years.

If this post was co-authored with Mrs. P. I am sure it would be far more historical & sharing lots of personal experience. Since I am typing this in private we can focus more on customer relations rather than spousal.

I share a couple of simple things with my customers (one has already been mentioned in a previous post & is very important).

1. If you are new to towing or still feeling anxious when backing, my recommendation is to spend some after-hours time at a large empty parking lot. Use the orange cones and practice, practice, practice. Starting over several times during practice is a lot less stressful than at your camp site.

2. Agree on hand signals with your ground guide. I like a closed fist for STOP.
Full arm and hand extended for directions. (Mrs. P is so small I canít see her hand much less a finger from 50 ft. away)

Backing up a trailer means you have already survived each other trying to get the ball and hitch in the same county. This is where we really have a lot of fun and most of the historical stuff would come from. ďHooking upĒ could be a thread all to itself.
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:07 PM   #34
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Link is working today

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Yuki held a seminar for us in the spring and did up a fab instruction sheet. There is a link to it on the NEU Website, just not working right now for whatever reason. I'll ping our webmaster and see if they can correct the problem.
Here's the link to the backing up instruction sheet Yuki put together for a NEU seminar that she held at spring rally this year.

http://www.wbcci1.org/ne/BackingUp_Seminar.pdf
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Old 10-03-2006, 04:31 PM   #35
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This is how it seems to go with someone helping me back up:
Either (a) stand in a spot I can't see you, and use hand signals.
or (b) Use verbal communication, like "Okay, back, back, left, right, left, left, LEFT!" followed by a loud crunching noise of either the trailer or the truck knocking something over. "Okay, that's good!"
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:42 PM   #36
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how about a new thread on "things hit while backing up?"
I could start that one.....
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:53 PM   #37
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Night Parking

While backing into a campsite at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina, I was being directed by my sister. We had arrived, as was our custom, well after dark and we were both tired. (mistakes 1 & 2) She took the flashlight and got out of the truck. I positioned the trailer and backed into the site. All the while, she was watching and I was listening for a shout from her. She showered the ground with plenty of light from the flashlight. Next morning as we were milling around the trailer, I happened to notice this large limb, going out from the tree, up and over the A/C unit and back down again. I had "accidentially" parked the A/C unit perfectly under the high point of this protruding limb. Talk about luck-- This was a fortunate event. Now we always look HIGH and low for obstacles.
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:11 PM   #38
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Smile Unusual hand signals..

Of course its always important to remember the conditions your back up helper may be facing. I recall a time when I was being dive bombed by nasty evil biting black flies so I was snatching at them in the air while helping hubby back up. No accidents but he did ask me which way does that mean? That day it was much less stressful to be the driver than the helper...
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If backing up isn't bad enough, pulling out can be a diaster

"looking high and low" reminds me

The things we forget when it is time to leave.
TV antenna not lowered,
Entry step left sticking out,
Rear window left open,
etc.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:08 AM   #40
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After viewing quite a few responses to the secrets of backing up, I've notice that no one has mentioned the use of a "camera system." Is it because they should not be used for such a purpose? Also, what do you do if you are a SINGLE camper with no help in sight? I backed my AS into a spot at the storage facility where we keep our trailer at, but it took me about 20 mini trips in and out of the TV to keep checking to make sure that I was never getting to close to the boat on a trailer next to me. Backing into a spot by yourself ain't easy, but it can be done. It does however take great care and patience not to damage your trailer or your neighbor's.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:21 AM   #41
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Chock It Up

We just bought some brand new bright orange plastic leveling blocks, tongue chock, and yellow wheel chocks from Camping World..up till this point we had been using a couple of 1x12x 24 lengths of wood, a custom made wood wheel chock and a square of 2x4 for the tongue chock..I don't know if having all these new items will make backing up into the sites easier, but at least it's more colorful The wood leveling boards do show wear and cracks, though. So I'm hoping it'll all work when we use them at the NorCal rally next week
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:29 AM   #42
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Hi--Like moosetags I try to back in on the left, so I can see the left side of the A/S over my shoulder. Also similiar to moosetags I lay a yellow full size broom (which is stored in the rear A/S bumper) right where I want my left rear wheels to be. It is easier to back up using a line (the yellow broom handle) as a reference.--Frank S
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