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Old 04-07-2017, 05:53 AM   #21
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Everything went pretty smoothly, minus the thirty minutes or so that we weren't talking after "cooperatively" parking at the campsite.
LOL. Everybody just starting out has been down this road. It's commonly referred to as "baptism under fire". You're not the first to experience this, and you won't be the last. Just laugh it off over a cold one. It'll get better. I'm guessing your outing had a happy ending.
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This is one of the reasons why I avoid HOA's. When we bought our trailer, we priced local storage lots and expensive doesn't begin to describe the rates we were quoted. We spent about $6000 widening our driveway and installing a gravel parking area at our house and it will pay for itself in about 3 years.
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We pay $25 a month for a 30' parking spot in a fenced in outdoor storage area. $150 seems awfully high. Indoor storage is less than that around my area.
Ditto 40' space, annual payment only.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:30 PM   #24
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Everything went pretty smoothly, minus the thirty minutes or so that we weren't talking after "cooperatively" parking at the campsite.
Yea, been down that road. I'm trying to back, she's yelling & I can't make out what she's saying. She moves from side to side & I lose sight of her. Get's pretty aggravating. We "mostly" solved this problem with a pair of walkie talkies. Well worth the $30-$50 investment. Handy to take when hiking as well.

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Yea, been down that road. I'm trying to back, she's yelling & I can't make out what she's saying. She moves from side to side & I lose sight of her. Get's pretty aggravating. We "mostly" solved this problem with a pair of walkie talkies. Well worth the $30-$50 investment. Handy to take when hiking as well.

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Sorry to derail the thread even more... I bought walkie talkies too. Now trying to get the DW to focus on telling me straight, right, or left for the back end of the trailer. Tried Driver, Passenger, straight but that was a non-starter. Still get a lot of "turn your wheel", "that's not working" and other helpful guidance... But we're still new at this. Hope it gets better...
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Sorry to derail the thread even more... I bought walkie talkies too. Now trying to get the DW to focus on telling me straight, right, or left for the back end of the trailer. Tried Driver, Passenger, straight but that was a non-starter. Still get a lot of "turn your wheel", "that's not working" and other helpful guidance... But we're still new at this. Hope it gets better...
Have you tried letting the DW do the driving while you give her the same "helpful" guidance? One session might make all the difference!
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The DW and I have been using walkie talkies for over 13 years and they're life savers. We still have communication problems from time to time but I don't want, or let, anyone else help us back the rig in. I figure we'll be really good in another 10 yrs!
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Besides storage companies, also try local campgrounds. Some near us in MA have storage during the off season at reasonable rates. Just make sure you have access so you can do periodic checks. We had an RV pad behind our house wad was great so the dogs and I could use it as our man cave!
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Have you tried letting the DW do the driving while you give her the same "helpful" guidance? One session might make all the difference!
That's funny. She won't drive the truck, even with no trailer attached.

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Thanks for everyones feedback! Believe it or not, I found a place I'd never seen before, even after driving by a million times, that is less than two miles from our house for 30 bucks.

Unbelievable!
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Thanks for everyones feedback! Believe it or not, I found a place I'd never seen before, even after driving by a million times, that is less than two miles from our house for 30 bucks.

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Sorry to derail the thread even more... I bought walkie talkies too. Now trying to get the DW to focus on telling me straight, right, or left for the back end of the trailer. Tried Driver, Passenger, straight but that was a non-starter. Still get a lot of "turn your wheel", "that's not working" and other helpful guidance... But we're still new at this. Hope it gets better...
Ha! We just got our first TT and I had the same experience with backup "assistance" from my wife. Frustrated, I was about to get one of those magnet-mount wifi backup cameras when I realized that I already owned something that would do the same thing, but with even better video quality: my wifi-enabled GoPro-style action camera that I picked up from Monoprice a while back for a whopping $59.

It works like a charm! I mount the camera either on the back of the trailer while backing the trailer, or on the back of the truck, pointing down at the hitch when I'm trying to line it up to connect. My phone, mounted in a cradle on the windshield, provides the display. Ba-da-bing! I don't need to even involve the DW, I line up the hitch on the first shot, and it didn't even cost me anything extra.

If you happen to have a WiFi-enabled GoPro laying around, this is a solution. And if you don't have one but were thinking about getting one for something else, this is another reason to buy it.
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Ha! We just got our first TT and I had the same experience with backup "assistance" from my wife. Frustrated, I was about to get one of those magnet-mount wifi backup cameras when I realized that I already owned something that would do the same thing, but with even better video quality: my wifi-enabled GoPro-style action camera that I picked up from Monoprice a while back for a whopping $59.

It works like a charm! I mount the camera either on the back of the trailer while backing the trailer, or on the back of the truck, pointing down at the hitch when I'm trying to line it up to connect. My phone, mounted in a cradle on the windshield, provides the display. Ba-da-bing! I don't need to even involve the DW, I line up the hitch on the first shot, and it didn't even cost me anything extra.

If you happen to have a WiFi-enabled GoPro laying around, this is a solution. And if you don't have one but were thinking about getting one for something else, this is another reason to buy it.

Do you have a model for that GoPro? That would be SO worth the money. Love my wife but she STILL can't get it right backing me up.
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Do you have a model for that GoPro? That would be SO worth the money. Love my wife but she STILL can't get it right backing me up.
Right now they only have Open Box, but this is your lucky day -- it's only $39.99! https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2
Also, FYI if your phone is Android the app that they reference in the instructions doesn't work with the current versions of Android. However, this app *does* work with both the camera and current versions of Android -- it's what I'm using: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...=com.HP50.Plus
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Thanks for everyones feedback! Believe it or not, I found a place I'd never seen before, even after driving by a million times, that is less than two miles from our house for 30 bucks.

Unbelievable!

Wow, that's awesome, glad it work out.
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