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Old 12-20-2012, 06:53 PM   #11
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The only time I took my trailer out without my husband, I did so assuming someone would come over and offer to help. So, I started, and some nice guy came to help. I was a bit upset when he asked me which site was mine. Jeeze, was I that bad???
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #12
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I was a bit upset when he asked me which site was mine. Jeeze, was I that bad???
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #13
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I've found that a lot depends on how you approch someone who's having trouble backing in. I ask them if they WANT help, to ask them if the NEED help implies that they don't know what they're doing and can put people on the defensive about your help.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:45 PM   #14
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I have only received two offers of help from neighbors. In the beginning I would seek out help for hitching up. Some people refused to listen and I would end up with their setup instead of mine. Good thing I can do this by myself now.

This past summer I was the entertainment. I had circle the campground twice until I got into position to back into my site. Then suddenly a large group at another site pulled out some lawn chairs and watched my next move as I started backing up slowly. Ha ha! I backed up without any trouble. The only reason I had to circle twice in the beginning is that I usually stay in another site there so I forgot to go down a different path (old habits die hard).
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #15
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I have more trouble when friends or relatives want to help me get hooked up. It's easier for me if people stay out of the way and is something that I absolutely want to do everything myself. Usually I have my wife tell me when the slide will clear obstacles when I'm attempting to increase my area on the other side.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:40 AM   #16
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I have more trouble when friends or relatives want to help me get hooked up. It's easier for me if people stay out of the way and is something that I absolutely want to do everything myself. Usually I have my wife tell me when the slide will clear obstacles when I'm attempting to increase my area on the other side.
X2 I only have my wife help and tell everyone else to go away. They just mess up our setup procedures.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:33 AM   #17
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Just DW and I do the parking, have never had anyone even ask if we needed help (didn't think I was that scary looking). But we always stop and get out to survey our site to determine how to best situate ourselves for not only getting in but how we are going to get out as well. The last place we stopped in Fargo this past summer, we had to back in to our site then in the morning pull out into the lane and back out of the campground as they put us right beside a tree that was right at the outer corner of our site and the lane was not wide enough to turn out around the tree. Our course no one saw us leave as it was 5 am. No one even offered to watch the tree side as that was the blind side backing in, that is where DW and FRS radios work well.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:14 AM   #18
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I do better when left alone even my GF knows to go sit at the picnic table or take a walk until I get backed in and setup she knows what words will come if she don't
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X2 I only have my wife help and tell everyone else to go away. They just mess up our setup procedures.
It seems that the mojority of us do not want/request/or need help when backing our RV into the site.

I am wondering if we should make another placard (similar to the FRF one we have now) stating in so many words that we don't need any outside help.
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I offer to help only when it's obvious they are having difficulties, I know that's debatable as well? Most times it's appreciated. As for ourselves DW and I use FRS radios when backing in, she's in my view at all times on driver side rear of trailer, she talks thru the whole procedure, I listen and carry out instructions, works all the time! We have done it enough times and she she is aware of branches, cord lengths, slide out space, etc. Merry Xmas all.
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