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RanCarr
08-27-2011, 01:30 AM
My DH does the towing. I wont tow a rig this large. I help him pull or back it in to the CG sites. So far we haven't hit anything but both rear stabilizers were destroyed in campgrounds because they're so low. We replaced them with manual ones. The spare tire under the hitch is too low also and has dragged once or twice. Not all of us park in RV Resorts where everything is about dead level. DH added heavy duty casters to the rear frame. Our old Sunline and Zinger were both higher and didn't drag going up or down into campsites.

JohnDar
08-27-2011, 10:44 AM
My DH does the towing. I wont tow a rig this large. I help him pull or back it in to the CG sites. So far we haven't hit anything but both rear stabilizers were destroyed in campgrounds because they're so low. We replaced them with manual ones. The spare tire under the hitch is too low also and has dragged once or twice. Not all of us park in RV Resorts where everything is about dead level. DH added heavy duty casters to the rear frame. Our old Sunline and Zinger were both higher and didn't drag going up or down into campsites.

Your North Trail looks about as low as our 27' TT was (another brand). Low profile to be aerodynamique...yeah right. So low that the holding tank only trickled while trying to dump. I had to dig a pit under it to use a blue tote at the state park. It had skid rails behind the rear stabilizers that almost scraped while backing it up my driveway. At least the spare tire was mounted on the back, not underneath. No clearance problems with the BH, though.

pegmikef
08-27-2011, 01:57 PM
. . . and I can't figure out why the 28BRS is so much lower than my 26LRSS. Mine is plenty high in fact I had to make an extra step so it now has four steps. I wonder why they changed. The springs are on top of my axles, but I have heard that some have the springs under the axles.

chkwgn
10-04-2011, 02:28 PM
We use walkie talkies when parking the rig at our storage site, but at campgrounds Chuck does it all by himself. One time another male camper "helped him" by giving verbal and hand signals and the end result was a badly dinged in RV. Since then he prefers to do it without assistance. Jean

jnbhobe
10-04-2011, 08:05 PM
We use walkie talkies when parking the rig at our storage site, but at campgrounds Chuck does it all by himself. One time another male camper "helped him" by giving verbal and hand signals and the end result was a badly dinged in RV. Since then he prefers to do it without assistance. Jean

Sounds like me, the only time I didn't have Patti watching to make sure I don't hit something I dinged it.

hoefler
10-05-2011, 06:43 AM
We use our cell phones. I have the Blue Tooth hooked up in the truck and it comes through the radio so I am hands free to do what I need to do. That way wife can go where ever she needs to be to watch what ever may get in the way. Works very well.

RollingHome
10-05-2011, 06:58 AM
Until we get a rear view camera, we use FRS radios from Wal-Mart and a "MONBACK" brand system. It took some time to get this system up and running but once we worked out the bugs in the software it works fine. I like it because it's guaranteed to keep your RV from any damage. I would suggest you get one to keep your rig safe. You ask, whatís this system ? Why, it's Patti out back with the FRS radios saying "mon back" "mon back", Okay, that's it - whoa" :-)

Ray LeTourneau
10-05-2011, 07:20 AM
In most situations I manage pretty well on my own. Lin will normally tell me where to stop if needed. If there are any trees or anything that may interfere she watches out for those things. She also places the chocks before we begin the set-up process.

During our work camping experience, one of my duties was to lead guests to their site and offer assistance backing in. I learned quite a bit about differences the in turning radius among the tow vehicles. Older Chevrolets (like mine) and GMC's are terrible. Makes a huge difference in backing up rigs.

rustyshakelford
10-05-2011, 07:30 AM
if we have to back into a spot, i usually will walk it real quick and look for anything that i would be concerned with. then i will have lindsay stand where i want the drivers side rear corner of the trailer to be. I will back it to her and when she moves (or else get a kiss from the trailer) then i have it where i want. I tried to john wayne it a couple times but this way she feels like she is helping and with us having this plan, there is no frustrations between us

brett

boatto5er
10-05-2011, 07:50 AM
"MONBACK" - We also use this system - very effective.:)

rick_debbie_gallant
10-05-2011, 08:45 AM
We have one Iphone4 and an iphone3. If we had two iphone4's I think we could face time she would be the camera and I would be the monitor.

RanCarr
06-10-2012, 03:16 AM
Your North Trail looks about as low as our 27' TT was (another brand). Low profile to be aerodynamique...yeah right. So low that the holding tank only trickled while trying to dump. I had to dig a pit under it to use a blue tote at the state park. It had skid rails behind the rear stabilizers that almost scraped while backing it up my driveway. At least the spare tire was mounted on the back, not underneath. No clearance problems with the BH, though.

We added huge heavy duty steel casters to the rear frame to keep from ripping off the bumper and slide-out tray in the campgrounds and gas stations. She drags on the slightest incline. We also bought heavy duty stabilizers but wont bolt them to the frame or they'll be destroyed like the ones the BRS came with. We use them manually. We spent several hundred dollars on this TT just because it's too low to the ground. It cost us $180 for more gravel in our driveway just to get it in and out without major dragging. Even with the castors it drags at gas stations and campgrounds at times because we couldn't get them back far enough. This was something we never thought about since we had no problems with our other rigs dragging. We've racked our brains and can't find anywhere to put the spare tire. Both the other rigs had some kind of bracket on the rear wall to hold the spares. I don't know if brackets can be added to the BRS, if the back wall is strong enough - or where to even buy one.

Our dump pipe is also quite low but we haven't damaged it yet. And yes, I know how hard it is to get the sewerage into the blue-tote with the dump pipe is so low. :( Fortunately this winter we'll have a site with full hookups. We don't usually need the blue tote when we camp for a week.

jbeletti
06-10-2012, 07:31 AM
RannCarr,

Please try to "stay on message" in this new thread you created about "We use hand signals, the mirrors and yelling.....". You're already off the rails and back onto tearing items up due to your RV being low. We have already been through this on another thread. Thank you.

rick_debbie_gallant
06-10-2012, 12:43 PM
Oh ya I forgot, with the two Iphone 4s One of us can be directing by pointing the camera/phone at any problems. kind of like having a portable camera from the back of your rig. Any way works for us.

Sandpirate69
06-10-2012, 01:40 PM
I use the wife with the cell phone behind the rig and then my cell phone hooked up to my Aux port in the truck. She guides me backwards & advises on any obstackles. It's much easier on the nurves & less argueing. ;)

rick_debbie_gallant
06-10-2012, 02:40 PM
I use the wife with the cell phone behind the rig and then my cell phone hooked up to my Aux port in the truck. She guides me backwards & advises on any obstackles. It's much easier on the nurves & less argueing. ;)

Ya, I put my phone on mute unless I have to tell her something. That way she wont hear my stupid comments. :eek:

JohnDar
06-10-2012, 05:13 PM
RannCarr,

Please try to "stay on message" in this new thread you created about "We use hand signals, the mirrors and yelling.....". You're already off the rails and back onto tearing items up due to your RV being low. We have already been through this on another thread. Thank you.


My bad, Jim. I kinda lit the fuse, again.

CTD2005
06-23-2012, 04:18 PM
We use our cell phones. I have the Blue Tooth hooked up in the truck and it comes through the radio so I am hands free to do what I need to do. That way wife can go where ever she needs to be to watch what ever may get in the way. Works very well.

The bluetooth is a great idea! I think we will give that a try.

CTD2005
06-23-2012, 04:20 PM
Ya, I put my phone on mute unless I have to tell her something. That way she wont hear my stupid comments. :eek:

LOL!!! That is most likely very wise!!!!!

Marge
06-24-2012, 01:33 PM
We use walkie talkies.

trvlrerik
06-24-2012, 04:15 PM
During the summer heat I often travel at night. When we pull into the camp ground it is often late, my wife and I walk the entire route with flashlights pointing out any possible problem areas, we then check our site and I lay my 2"X12"s where I plan on setting my front landing gear. We then drive into our spot and my wife is at the rear of the camper with her flash light, she shuts it off when I need to stop if there is a problem. I can see the pads in the rear view with my back up light and under the bedroom light to know when I am in the right place.

The flashlight method makes for good neighbors when pulling in at night since there is no yelling going on.

RoadJunkie
06-25-2012, 10:14 AM
We have certainly learned the Zen art of backing or rig into a space through trial and error. We have tried all methods and combinations. Like good practice dictates, we have walked the site, decided where we wanted the door and worked to ensure the slides would extend unfettered. I usually get back in the truck, put it in reverse and scan my mirrors for some sign of my copilot. Nothing. I think she goes back there and hides. I calmly put the truck in park and exit the truck to execute a search pattern to try and find out where she vanished to. After finding her I explain that if she can't see my mirrors, then I can't see her. She explains she wants to see, well, whatever it is she wants to see. We repeat the process of mounting the truck and finally start to move backwards. Now, here's the part where we start to deal with the Mars/Venus factor of a relationship. I have received directions such as "OK, now go over there", and described with some sort of circular waving pattern that must be naturally understood by other Venus-lings. Sometimes it's "No! Your too far over there, turn your wheel", like I didn't know I would have to turn my wheel in this process. Somehow we make it into our spot and we hug, kiss, and jump up and down as if we just won the lottery. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hastey
06-25-2012, 10:48 AM
DW and I have an understanding. She watches and makes sure that I don't hit something I can't see and tells me when I have the trailer to the proper place. I can do so much better if she stays out of the direction giving mode. Now this whole procedure starts every time with - "Do you want me to get out?" Every time....pull through sites cause so much less marital tension.:cool:

Urban350
06-25-2012, 05:08 PM
We have certainly learned the Zen art of backing or rig into a space through trial and error. We have tried all methods and combinations. Like good practice dictates, we have walked the site, decided where we wanted the door and worked to ensure the slides would extend unfettered. I usually get back in the truck, put it in reverse and scan my mirrors for some sign of my copilot. Nothing. I think she goes back there and hides. I calmly put the truck in park and exit the truck to execute a search pattern to try and find out where she vanished to. After finding her I explain that if she can't see my mirrors, then I can't see her. She explains she wants to see, well, whatever it is she wants to see. We repeat the process of mounting the truck and finally start to move backwards. Now, here's the part where we start to deal with the Mars/Venus factor of a relationship. I have received directions such as "OK, now go over there", and described with some sort of circular waving pattern that must be naturally understood by other Venus-lings. Sometimes it's "No! Your too far over there, turn your wheel", like I didn't know I would have to turn my wheel in this process. Somehow we make it into our spot and we hug, kiss, and jump up and down as if we just won the lottery. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks I needed to know I am not the only one:cool:

sjs731
07-02-2012, 09:15 PM
Hastey, that is the way we handle it. I prefer my DW not try to use hand signals or direct me. She is more skilled at making sure I don't hit anything. One time she was watching the tires I COULD see and the ones she needed to be watching were breaking the edge of the driveway off. She has gotten better since then. I still occasionally need to remind her if she can't see my mirrors I can't see her.


Steve
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katkens-DW
07-03-2012, 06:51 AM
We use our cell phones no yelling here !! he has learned to trust me he used to have to see me all the time but if he can see me i can't see the other side of the trailer so now he lets me stand at the other side so I can see I just have to keep talking to him he don't talk just me. It has taken us 6 years but we do pretty darn good now !!Trust it's all about Trust!!! JMO!!

maryann4
10-22-2012, 07:16 PM
We use walkie talkies and yes, a lot of trust. We been at it for a year and so far so good.

Speedy
10-22-2012, 08:14 PM
We use walkie talkies as well. Lots of yelling, lots of swearing and then She backs it into the spot just fine.