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Old 12-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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Buying a new trailer the day before Christmas

Hi Friends,
I have been away from the forum since the fall when we put our trailer in storage. I live in Canada, and our trailer season is short, especially since we had a hybrid shamrock and I did not want to expose it to the colder elements with the canvas wings. Our season was especially short this year, as I had fallen off our trailer step on the second day of our holiday and broken my ankle... Many of you were so encouraging to me as I recovered...thank so much. I will never forget having to climb over our dinette into our wing bed with a sore foot, all summer... And thinking we have got to get a trailer with a master bedroom.
Well it looks like we are about to take the plunge, because this week many of our trailer companies slashed their prices in order to clear their stock. The 31 ft trailer that we have been dreaming of for years has been reduced by $10, 000. And so we are thinking of buying it. The only weird part is that the trailer with the best price and floor plan is a Jayco... Oh dear.. I said that word out loud on my beloved Forrest River site!
Never the less.. I am still wanting to stay on this site of wonderful wise and encouraging trailer owners... As there truly is no group like this...

So, we will be selling the hybrid on the spring and graduating to a 31 ft trailer with a slide. One question that comes to mind... Does anyone use a back up camera on their trailer? I know some of the big driving rigs have them, but we are thinking of installing one on the new bigger longer trailer.
Can anyone recommend a brand?
Merry Christmas to all
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Glad you have mended, and congrats on the new trailer. Just because you will be buying a Jayco, does not mean you have to give up this forum. Most appliances, towing items, and other operating systems are generic across the board.

BTW, I still frequent the Trailmanor forum, even though I sold my Trailmanor over 3 years ago.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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The only reason I bought a Forest River was so I could stay on this forum

If I had known that ...

I'm kidding, I still would have bought the Shamrock.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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There are backup camera systems for trailers. most of them are wireless, but seem pretty costly to me. We have found a better solution. We have a pair of FRS walkie talkies. DW gets out and tells me where to go. Again! Seriously, we use standard hand signals and the walkie talkies and she does all the talking. I only listen. It is also a standing rule, if I cannot see her in the mirrors I stop and do not move again until I can again see her. We can back into some pretty tight places using this method. Only reason I can see positive for a backup camera would be to have a rear view mirror on while going down the road.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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By the way, Lady Wendolyn. I've talked with the guys at Tadi Brothers a bit about a system for my wife's van. I've found them to be very knowledgeable in helping to wade through all of the various options.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for the encouragement ... We will try the Wilkie talkies... We are feeling a little intimidated by the extra ten feet... Of trailer.
But I am thinking ...it can not be that different parking this one.... of course it is DH who has to do it. We watched the movie "the long, long trailer" with Lucy and Desi Arnes a few years back... And DH has never gotten over the scene where Desi backs the trailer into the relatives house!
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:00 AM   #7
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I found our 34' is easier to back up then our 21' hybrid was. It take a bit of practice and a DW that give excellent signals that makes the job easy. Don't rush and if it is not going the way you want it to. Stop and start over.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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congratulations on your new rig -- have fun

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Old 12-24-2011, 07:38 AM   #9
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One thing about a "backup" camera. It is difficult to get the true view of the area as the picture is not 3D. Using cameras for judging distances without a known reference can be dangerous. You can't beet a human spotter who is good with hand signals and has a communication device that the driver can just listen to. Many companies that used rear facing cameras have stopped using them. They were put there to give the driver the ability to see what was in the blind area behind them, however the drivers ended up using them for backing. Do to the lack of ability to properly judge distance, there were an increase in backing accidents.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:47 AM   #10
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good with hand signals -- MountainLady in trainning

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You can't beet a human spotter who is good with hand signals and has a communication device that the driver can just listen to.
yes my buddy suggested we get some walkie-talkies
got a couple now
it has been a little hard for the little MountainLady
to pick up on the hand signals
she has never done that before

God willing and the creek don't rise
heading out with trailer tomorrow
Christmas day

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