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Old 05-05-2016, 01:40 PM   #31
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We have tried radios. My wife would start speaking then press the button so I would hear the end of the directions. We tried cell phones with her on speaker but often camp where there is no AT&T service.

After 4 years what works for us is for her to stand where she wants the back corner of the driver's side of the trailer. She uses hand signals we agreed upon. This eliminates the yelling!

My favorite memory of backing into a site was out west. We had a difficult time and she finally shot me the bird. My buddy standing there at the time said "I think she is telling you to move the trailer up!!"

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Old 05-05-2016, 01:40 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by NoviBill View Post
One of the issues with FRS (and GRMS) Walkie Talkies is they have a 1-2 second delay between keying the mic and transmitting (they send out a security code to the paired Walkie Talkie). If your spouse does not wait you hear nothing (but the tree was small). Cell phones (with the drive on speaker - hands free works better).

I think hand signs work better than anything (if your spouse is willing to stay within view of the drivers side mirror). You need signs for left, right, straight and how near:
  • Left -> point with both hands large movements
  • Right -> point with both hands large movements
  • Straight -> both hands, motioning towards your body
  • Near -> hold your hands in a clap 2-3 feet aprt (distance to move) and bring them together, when they "clap" it's time to stop

Personally I use the get out and look, backup a few feet and repeat (it may have saved our marriage).
You are correct on the transmit delay. I also get out and look frequently just to get an orientation. It's difficult for a spotter to give directions if they have never backed up a rig into a tight area. The gesture we use differently is the stop. We cross/uncross our forearms 45 degrees. To move forward, both forearms up and a sweeping motion forward, cross/uncross forearms to stop. We will probably use a combination of arm gestures and radios in the future.

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Old 05-05-2016, 01:56 PM   #33
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When we first started RVing we had the same thoughts, buy walkie talkies....

They lasted about 2 trips and we decided they weren't worth the trouble. We now have developed a system of hand signals and wording for her to tell me what to do. She stands in view of my mirror and within ear shot. Usually tells me which way the back of the trailer needs to go by pointing. As long as the terms used are understood by both of you it prevents her from telling ME where to go

We developed this system after trying to back the RV into a tight spot after dark in the rain and we both got testy. When we realized we were yelling at each other we started laughing and decided to never again be one of 'those' couples you always see at parks

Now the walkie talkies are a novelty for the grandkids to play with.

Hope you find a system that works for you... but above all... patience!!

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Old 05-05-2016, 01:58 PM   #34
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radios, etc.

We prefer hand signals, except when it's dark. We have cell phones and bought a pair of FRS radios on eBay for $17 to keep in the truck "just in case".
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:11 PM   #35
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Sometimes there is also a delay even when yelling back and forth. Last summer I watched a couple maneuver a large motorhome into a small site. I offered to help but they said the had it. While returning to my site a heard a loud crunch and saw fiberglass flying. About 1.5 seconds later the spotter yelled STOP.

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Old 05-05-2016, 03:00 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by fella10 View Post
my dear wife gets busy giving hand signals and forgets that its important to stay where I can see her,.....all the hand signals in the world are useless if you can't see those hands!!!! .................
X2 on the hand signals when out of sight (usually behind trailer), went to cell phone but keep camping where little/no signal, went to walkie
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Old 05-05-2016, 03:05 PM   #37
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Works great... if you have a cell signal🙈
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:32 PM   #38
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My wife and I just bought our first travel trailer and will be putting it to use in Utah this summer. I like the idea of using walkie talkies for backing up the trailer and for just hiking around while camping. Any suggestions on walkie talkies that (1) don't require a license, (2) will work within a few miles as I don't need a 20 mile range, (3) simple to use that won't require an engineering degree and (4) cost maybe $50 or less?
Mrs. Ornery and I use them for backing in. They are really great. Especially on a driver's blind side. The trick is to make sure your S.O. (significant other) knows how to use it! Mrs.Ornery would sometimes accidentally change channels, talk without pressing the talk button, keep the talk button pressed when I need to talk back to her! (I wonder if that's on purpose?).
Ours are Cobra, 2 mile range. (That's all we need) Can't say if they need a license.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:09 PM   #39
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kdp1897- we are having difficulty with our WT (same brand/model). They work ok when first turned on, but after being on and idle for several hours, they no longer transmit. Do you have any ideas about why this is happening? We bought them to use as an emergency system overnight for my mother who lives on the same property and it isn't panning out.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:23 PM   #40
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Problem could be low batteries or radio could have a time-out timer due to lack of activity. If they are rechargeable type and the radios have not been used for a while they may need to be replaced.


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