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Old 02-13-2013, 05:45 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by SeymourAC View Post
After the usual yelling, hand signals, starts and stops, flared tempers, etc. during the normal course of backing up my 25' FC, my wife said why don't I just call your cell from my cell and we can discuss your backing up over the bluetooth. No need to get walkie talkies, your hands free system in your truck works great! A real marriage saver for us.
Seymour, good for you that you discovered the system that fits YOU. We all have different preferences. Some individuals simply aren't that effective with hand signals. The First Mate and I love our "Marriage Saver" headsets for navigating reefs and anchoring or docking our sailboat, and generally dock the Airstream using hand signals or the phone as you describe, depending upon the situation. Our (slowly learned) key to marital and docking (boat or trailer) success is to both assess the situation, agree on a plan, and then take our time to do it without drama. Who cares if you peacefully go through several iterations to get it right? It's not a race or contest. There are good practices, but no single correct way.

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:57 PM   #30
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I installed a Voyager wireless camera right above the rear clearance lights...and it has a very sensitive microphone system as part of its package. Still, nothing beats just getting out of the trailer and checking with my own eyes.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #31
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We have a very different methodology.
Her job is that of safety observer only. Looking eveywhere at once, seeing any danger. Job #1 and only, don't let me hit anything or do any damage. The truck windows are down, she has a definate responsibility to start screaming and arm waving BEFORE any sheet metal gets bent.
My job is placement. I get out look the site over and decide where I want the port aft corner and port forward corner, to get hook ups right. These 2 spots are marked with a rag during daylite hours and a flashlite at night. Pull up slightly past center with the site to port, get the initial angle, and put her in the hole. If the site is to starboard, the same procedure applies, its just a little more difficult seeing the starbord corner markings in the mirrors. Never any discourse or problem, no damages, and usually only one or two pull ups required.
As my Granny used to say, "Yer in like Flynn".
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:52 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Alumaholic View Post
Hers says, "Stop Shouting at Me" (sob)!"
His says, "I'm not shouting, DAMN IT!"
We need a pair of those t-shirts, too!

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