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Old 02-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #15
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Alumaholic, we hear ya!

Leaving St. George, UT for Furnace Creek at Death Valley tomorrow. Fortunately the Bambi is small enough for most NPS and NFS campsites. Unfortunately a small trailer appears to be more ticklish to back in than a long one.

We did bring our cell phones, but coming from Canada, the voice phone is very expensive and very limited. Then our service provider (Fido) doesn't connect to Verizon cell phone towers, so far as we can make out. Its AT&T "partner" seems much more limited in the western states.

The good news is that with our cell phone travel pac, text messages are abundant and cheap.

So maybe we will see if texting works with one another as we try backing into the next devilishly awkward campsite.

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Old 02-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #16
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Now you want the driver to be distracted with text.

I think thats $167 fine here?

The other option is to learn real sign language.


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Old 02-09-2013, 01:51 PM   #17
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We use hand signals to get the trailer where we want it...that, plus one hard and fast rule: "If I can't see you in the side view mirror, I stop cold until I can."
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #18
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What We Really Do

We both get out to look.
We decide where we want the trailer to sit within the assigned space.
I pace the width of the trailer to determine that spot where left rear tire will be when we have finished parking.
I explain to my "Director of Backing" what I intend to do and show her the path I expect my left rear trailer tire to travel.
I calmly reminder "Her Directorship" that if she can't see my mirror, I can't see her.
She takes her post as I return to the driver's seat.
Then, we begin screaming at each other.
At some point we become exhausted and decide it's good enough.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #19
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Simple method to save the screaming. We arrive at the campsite she picks out, she gets out and goes to visit neighbour Airstream, I park the trailer. No hand waving, no yelling.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #20
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Do as pro truck drivers do, stand on left side within 6 inches at rear where you want to be on spot use mirrors if they move stop easy way when you are spotted they raise arm with closed fist. I am not pro trk driver have used 53 yrs still works
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:18 PM   #21
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Also almost vehicles have remote controlled mirrors they help keep things in sight
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:34 PM   #22
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Some of you are too funny!! Thanks for the laugh.............our Goldendoodle is looking at me like I've lost my mind laughing out loud with just the two of us here!

Sometimes we hit it right on, and then other times it's like we are from different planets -- speaking of the backing up. I always feel so foolish and imagine that everyone in the campground has been watching us. After reading this, I've now come to the conclusion that I can hold my head high and not worry about why the other campers are red faced, trying to cover their mouths and act as though they are coughing, with shoulders shaking! (Another way I know they have been watching us.)

By the way, Alumaholic, we'll take two of the T-shirts, if you have extras, please.

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #23
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Don't you use Facetime? Have her stand in the spot and point her phone at the trailer.
This is BRILLIANT!!! I used to just tell the DW to stand where I can see her in the mirror and yell if I am about to hit something. Otherwise I would jump in and out of the truck to get the trailer where I want it. Facetime is perfect because it will save me jumping in and out as much, while still retaining the STOP NOW voice command. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:04 PM   #24
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FaceTime assuming you are connected to wifi right away at your camp site.

What about waiting for google earth satellite images to update? I mean it could be weeks, or months, but why is everybody in such a rush?
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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Great posts

I ran over the wife a few years back....

Just kidding...

I have two cones that I use as I am alone. The place where I keep the trailer affords me 12 inches of clearance (6" on each side) and I have learned to use cones to gauge a tight fit. It is easier for me in open spaces but as others have said, the left side as guide is critical. I use a cone about a foot off of where the wheel should be. I have been laughed at too on my first trip. There was a whole group playing ball in the drive area and they all stopped to watch - about 10-15 people. Can't worry about it- have to focus on task at hand.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:51 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Shacksman View Post
Simple method to save the screaming. We arrive at the campsite she picks out, she gets out and goes to visit neighbour Airstream, I park the trailer. No hand waving, no yelling.
I really like this post. I have always said women can not give directions. She has always said men can not follow directions.

Mark Twain had it right, "Every man needs a wife, because somethings you can not blame on the government."

I love pulling so I'll keep backing.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:08 PM   #27

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Thumbs up You've got too....

...learn to do it slow much more enjoyable.

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:44 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by masseyfarm View Post
If you use the cell phones out of state, you may be charged roam charges??? Certainly out of country would apply.

The hand held wakie talkie's work for many things, including shopping in the big box stores. That way you can shop separately and then meet at the till when ready to go. No wasted time in the shoe department when you could have been in the hardware.


I'll second the wakie-talkie's!!!!!!

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