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Old 01-29-2007, 11:54 PM   #15
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I almost always travel alone and find that people are more than willing to help if you just ask (and often even if you don't). Yes, if you are backing up alone, go very slowly, make small corrections, and KEEP getting out and checking. But I find that it is so much easier with a spotter. Sometimes there is a small marker or something low that is hard to see. There usually seems to be a parking pro or a helpful neighbor at every campground. It's a great way to meet your neighbors.
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:33 AM   #16
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I have set up and hooked up solo on a number of occasions. I actually like it better. I don't feel as pressured as when someone is "helping" me. A solo set up just requires getting out of the truck a number of times to check things. I figure that I can use the exercise anyway.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:08 AM   #17
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I have 2 cameras connected to my GPS.. one on the rear of my Airstream.. perfect for backing up and also as a rear-viewer when driving... and one on the rear of my car.. just above the hitch... hooking up is a piece of cake.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:14 AM   #18
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With my setup, it would be hard to hook-up (but not impossable)
I have 2 hard wired cameras which I installed.
#1 (the ball cam) is for hitching up
#2 is mounted inside the AS, and points out back.

The system was around 300 bucks, with 2 cameras and it's worked for 3 years now. I keep the rearview on whenever I'm driving.

The physical hook up is not a problem. Reese bars/Airhitch
60,000 towed miles.

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Old 01-30-2007, 09:17 AM   #19
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The system was around 300 bucks, with 2 cameras and it's worked for 3 years now. I keep the rearview on whenever I'm driving.
Hey Michael, that sounds like a good system -- good being reasonably priced and useful -- any chance you'd like to share more details about it, including make and how you accomplished the wiring? I'm particularly interested in how you ended up crossing the hitch for the trailer camera, if it's not wireless...

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Old 01-30-2007, 09:42 AM   #20
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The best way is to make friends as soon as you pull up to your site. As mentioned I always offer help and never feel bad when they say no thanks and the hit the fire pit!
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:52 AM   #21
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Ditto all the above advice. Especially getting out and looking -- a lot.

My mother travels alone. She's 80! While she's in a motorhome and not a trailer, so the problems are different, she has found other people very helpful -- especially older gentlemen who seem to want a few minutes to be bossy away from their wives.

She's not good at water hookups especially -- very small spaces and arthritic fingers. She always gets help.

Campers are friendly people. Ask for help.


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Old 01-30-2007, 10:03 AM   #22
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The only time I have had a problem backing up, is when I had someone to watch what I was doing. Thousands of miles towing solo, and not a problem. Remember GOAL: Get Out And Look.
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Old 01-31-2007, 05:41 PM   #23
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I don't tow a trailer (well, unless you count the tow dolly with a car on it, but those can't be backed up anyway), but even backing my small motorhome into a spot, since I'm alone, I'm always popping out and looking around. The nice thing about the small motorhome is that it usually only takes one look.

However, leveling the blasted thing is another story. I don't have a leveling system; I have to raise and lower each tire with levelling blocs. So, I get it into the spot I want, check the level, move backward (or forward), place some blocks, get back in, pull on to the blocks, check level, discover I need more blocks because the first ones sank in a little bit, back up, ... well, you get the idea. I'm sure I look pretty silly getting in and out so many times. And of course I travel with my cat, so I'm careful to close the door each time in case he makes a break for it. But...my main point here is that if I can survive doing that, you shouldn't feel at all silly about getting out and looking around, multiple times if necessary. We'd rather see that than a damaged Airstream.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:48 PM   #24
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However, leveling the blasted thing is another story. I don't have a leveling system; I have to raise and lower each tire with levelling blocs. So, I get it into the spot I want, check the level, move backward (or forward), place some blocks, get back in, pull on to the blocks, check level, discover I need more blocks because the first ones sank in a little bit, back up, ... well, you get the idea. I'm sure I look pretty silly getting in and out so many times. And of course I travel with my cat, so I'm careful to close the door each time in case he makes a break for it. But...my main point here is that if I can survive doing that, you shouldn't feel at all silly about getting out and looking around, multiple times if necessary. We'd rather see that than a damaged Airstream.
Not sure if this will help you with leveling a MH and they only work on single axle trailers...but it sure helps me when I am travelling by myself.

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As far as backing in...I try not to, but when I have to, same as everybody else. GET OUT & LOOK FOR YOURSELF. I don't care how big my audience gets or how many helpers step up to volunteer...I only trust my own eyes. I gently tell the helpers I have a routine and after I get settled, I'd love to hear about theirs. Up-down-all around...always, check one more time than you think is necessary. That and go slow. It does get easier each time, but the obstacles change with each campsite...

Another suggestion, go to an empty parking lot with some cones & practice, but if I can do it anybody can! Just go slow & don't care what people think ~

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Old 01-31-2007, 09:08 PM   #25
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I prefer to be left alone when parking my trailer - watchers make me nervous. Don't remember who said it but "He travels fastest travels alone. He who travels with another must wait." Darol
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:24 PM   #26
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I tow solo and have come up with a few 'tricks' to hitch up. Draw-Tite makes a $25 device that has a magnet on the bottom. They are bright yellow plastic poles. One goes on your ball and one on the tongue of the trailer. I certainly makes hitching up eaiser. Don't pull in to an RV park after dark without someone helping you to back in a space and most of all 'take your time'. Go slow, it's ok, everyone certainly understands a solo driver getting out every few feet to check his/her progress.

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Old 02-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #28
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My trick for backing into a spot is............

I lay out those orange leveling blocks around the spot I want the trailer to end up. It doesn't eliminate the blind side but it lets me know where I am.
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