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Old 08-28-2015, 03:39 PM   #11
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I would add one more "O" at the end(Often). I have a 36' 5th wheel, and have always set up by myself. I get out and look multiple times, and make small movements in between. The backing up is a piece of cake. The hitching the trailer to my truck is the fun part. I can get near the trailer using the tailgate camera, but that is useless after I have to put the tailgate down.
Move your camera to the back of the truck body. It should be a simple fix.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:51 PM   #12
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Wish me luck! DH is working a full day, so I am running the Roo to the local campground this afternoon so we get a decent site. I've driven, backed up and helped set up before, but never all three solo.
Our maiden trip my husband took out the slide topper on the gatehouse as we were pulling through, so anything less than that I think is a success.
I did my first solo in our MiniLite a month or so ago. It went fine. Just take it slow and, as others have said, "get out and look".
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:16 PM   #13
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The camera I am referring to is factory installed in the tailgate of my truck. I like it there when but am not trailering the 306v
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:26 PM   #14
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Karrun, you will find it's a lot easier than it looks. When we bought our Shamrock last year, I was real nervous about backing. I had towed our pup countless times and launched our boat probably more but I could see over the top of the pup and thru the windshield of the boat. This whole backing with mirrors thing really had me worried. But if you take it real slow, make very minor corrections with the steering wheel, and get out and look frequently, you will be fine. And don't forget the camper is 3 dimensional. Watch for tree limbs. Good luck..
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:40 PM   #15
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Made it and all set up. The only thing I didn't do was remove the WDH from the Durango. Leaving that for the hubby.
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Thanks everyone for the advice and moral support.
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Good job!
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #18
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Browgw,
I purchased a backup gadget. Looks like an antenna with a tennis ball on one end and a magnet on the other end. There are two in the kit. Use them according to their instructions.
It is nothing high tech about this, but it works.
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You cheated -- there's no trees or other obstacles you had to negotiate.

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Karrun - What local campgrounds are there in the Chicago western suburbs? Our daughter lives in Winfield (Wheaton area) and we would love to take our trailer there to visit her, but have been unable to find any campground that looks like a reasonable drive.
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