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Old 11-29-2014, 11:20 AM   #15
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My husband and I were just discussing this thread and he told me that his co-worker that is currently living in his trailer while his house is being built says that usually in the trailer park it is the DW's that do the backing and maneuvering. Funny that, it is usually me that backs our various trailers also. I suspect that some women can easily make the mental shift to using the mirrors because they are used to doing hair or makeup in the mirror, or using a second mirror to look at the back of their hair LOL.
I remember an instance where our neighbor watched me back one of the trailers into a very tight spot, he turned to my husband and said, "that was a thing of beauty!", he didn't mean me, but my backing skills.
My husband prefers that I do it because he says it is hard to wrap his head around it and he goes back and forth, back and forth until he says "$#&@ it!" and "that's good enough!"
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:22 AM   #16
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Rule #1 - have fun.

This wonderful gift of LIFE, among the blessings, amazingly blessed to own an Airstream.

Other "life moments", you can add your own, can be frightening at times... But with proper attention, we survive and maybe THRIVE!

Rule #2 - lose the LUMPS, not the LESSON!
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:30 AM   #17
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When Backing UP... nobody is watching you...

This is more for the males backing into a tight spot at an RV Park, or worse yet at Jackson Center, Ohio in their compact circles, leaving every move up for criticism.

Of course everyone is watching you! We all had provided similar entertainment during our early years and now YOU are providing the entertainment. Watching a couple working the "magic" of backing into a space is worth opening a beer and settling into some interesting conversations.

We are NOT snickering at you... we are snickering WITH you.

So, when you are backing up and having a difficult time at it, don't sweat it. WE ALL ARE WATCHING. So get over it and do the best you can. Even if it takes a few attempts. Everyone has been there. We understand. Even those of us who have done this hundreds of times... get into a tight squeeze and have to make another go or two at it.
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:11 PM   #18
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This is more for the males backing into a tight spot at an RV Park, or worse yet at Jackson Center, Ohio in their compact circles, leaving every move up for criticism.

Of course everyone is watching you! We all had provided similar entertainment during our early years and now YOU are providing the entertainment. Watching a couple working the "magic" of backing into a space is worth opening a beer and settling into some interesting conversations.

We are NOT snickering at you... we are snickering WITH you.

So, when you are backing up and having a difficult time at it, don't sweat it. WE ALL ARE WATCHING. So get over it and do the best you can. Even if it takes a few attempts. Everyone has been there. We understand. Even those of us who have done this hundreds of times... get into a tight squeeze and have to make another go or two at it.
Backing up is really very easy.

First thing not to do, IS TALK.

Second thing to do, is learn how to give hand signals.

Third thing to do, for the driver, is if you cannot SEE the guide, don't move.

Works easy, saves cussing and saves marriages, and makes backing up, a piece of cake, every time.

Takes 2 to tango, takes 2 to back up.

Practice at a shopping center, way away from other vehicles.

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Old 11-29-2014, 08:50 PM   #19
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All quality info and experiences. My wife and I do an independent walk-around prior to leaving any and all sites along with light checks. We have also found walkie talkies to be a great communication technique for backing up, etc.
We have also found Costco and Sam's Club as excellent places to gas up. Easy in and out and usually the best prices! Their apps show availability of fuel and they are usually relatively close to the interstates / highways.

Thanks again, Everyone!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:00 PM   #20
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One more thought to emphasize ... When I prep for an extended journey, I.e., two or three weeks out, I have a four page check list. And part of the process is a final check walk around which with my list gives me a double check on the lights, hitch, trailer attachments, truck/ trailer configuration or "balance" as I call it, mirrors, everything. A five minute walk around can pick up something as simple as a non locked awning, saving potentially hundreds or even thousands of repair cost expensive. We must accept, pulling a trailer is a huge responsibility, not unlike flying an airplane. A small mistake can be tragic.
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Approaching AS towing like flying an airplane, with checklists, 'flight' plans and the like is a good idea. How about publishing the 4 page checklist? Please?


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Old 11-29-2014, 09:45 PM   #22
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Couple more thoughts. I travel alone most of the time...
...if grandchildren are with me, they remain in carseats when I hitch and unhitch and sit at table as I hook utilities, stabilizers etc

.... When I back up, radio off, two front windows open, heat or a/c off, cell phone ringer off. All my aytention is to backing up

.....i never leave keys in ignition, if .i get out to check how close I am to the ball, the car i turned off, brake on, window down, as I go check.

I always get out and check area first, so I know where to aim.

When we r together, my husband will drive 2000 miles, my job, 50'
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:59 AM   #23
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When backing into a campsite, check overhead! While it's not usually a problem with my Interstate, nearly every backing accident I've personally seen has been someone smacking a low-hanging branch because neither driver nor spotter bothered to LOOK UP!

I'm sure everyone carries three reflective triangles for roadside emergencies. Well, I used to, until I started carrying three collapsible lighted traffic cones instead. But anyway, put those reflectors (or cones) to use. Put two of them, about ten or twelve feet apart, right where you want the rear bumper of your trailer to be. Put the third one driver's side about where you want your trailer wheels to be. These will provide visual cues not only to you through the mirrors, but to your spotter, who can use them to gauge how far off you are from where you want to be.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:38 AM   #24
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I use Protag's method but…….

I use the orange levelers as markers. I put 3 in a straight line, parallel to where I want the trailer. I think it looks silly to park crooked. For backing up distance, I just get close, get out to see how much farther I want to go, and use a leveler to gauge how far back I am going.
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I like that, might have to retire cooler. Gotta watch those picnic tables on blind side. Protag are you going to tow a toad after retiring? Oh tbe places you will go....
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I called my farmer and he came over and moved the airstream for me this spring so restore could be started, then he came back this fall and backed it in the storage spot.
I ask for help occasionaly and this is one of them.
Backing up is something that will be tackled at a later date.
I've tried it but it was very slow and extremely frustrating.
The driving schools should offer a class for this.
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I called my farmer and he came over and moved the airstream for me this spring so restore could be started, then he came back this fall and backed it in the storage spot.
I ask for help occasionaly and this is one of them.
Backing up is something that will be tackled at a later date.
I've tried it but it was very slow and extremely frustrating.
The driving schools should offer a class for this.
The most important backing rules are easy.

1. Have a guide

2. Never talk.

3. Never lose sight of the left edge (road side) of the trailer bumper.

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Where did you get your collapsable lighted cones?

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