Wanderlodge Owners Group  
BuyByeBlueBird.com
Donate

Go Back   Wanderlodge Owners Group > RV Lifestyle > First-Timers and Newcomers

First-Timers and Newcomers Are you a first-timer, newcomer, or even a "wannabe"? This is the place to get your questions anwered.

Site Search:
Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 05-20-2018
bubblerboy64 bubblerboy64 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Shippensburg Pa
Posts: 6,839
Default

Back up get out and look. Back up get out and look and don't let anyone intimidate you. Use the back up camera and mirrors but if you have any reservations stop set the brake and get out as need be. Also be very careful about letting some one "help" guide you. They may not have a clue. Every body has their own set of directions so some times the very last thing you need is help. AND lots of help meaning a bunch of men all giving instructions is a guarantee of trouble. Back it up look and do it yourself . Try not to do it after dark .

You can do this. Just take your time and stay clear of the unknown well intentioned helpers.

It's one thing having your husband help (and even that might be risky) but some stranger will get you nervous or worse.

No need to ask me how I know this.
__________________

John Heckman
Shippensburg Pa
1987 PT 36
The Bella Mia Sold
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-20-2018
Bill Pape's Avatar
Bill Pape Bill Pape is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Commerce
Posts: 11,425
Default

Good advise, another tip for the Book of Heckman
__________________
Bill & Patty
1988 FC, Silver Edition
Commerce, Michigan
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-21-2018
Gatorgrl's Avatar
Gatorgrl Gatorgrl is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Fort Myers
Posts: 2,264
Default

Thanks guys, for all the tips and words of encouragement. We installed a better back-up cam that works fulltime in the rearview mirror, since it's basically useless otherwise.
__________________
Dana (The Wanderer, Builder, Restorer)
Tony (The Grumpy Mechanic)

Lee County, Florida

1983 FC35 3208T "Gen X Express"
1991 Toyota 4Runner TOAD or
1980 Camaro TOAD

danahcks@aol.com
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-21-2018
al perna al perna is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ormond fla
Posts: 2,258
Default

I do not recommend backing up alone . I have done it many a time but i do not like it . At least with Erika on the phone she will scream if someone even a squirrel is about to be ran over . I notice that when I'm in reverse i have limited sight and the coach is big and heavy and little will stop it while it is moving .

I remember way back in the day with my PT86 i was making a turn and thought i felt something . I said to my dad , boy i thought I missed that curb , he quietly said son that was not a curb and if you don't stop I'm afraid you will run that car over . Well it was a car and no one was hurt but the car did need to be towed away . It seems I went far left to make a right and they tried to pass me on the inside . To this day I stay far right till swinging left for hard right terns .

So I like spotters even if there to only warn me of Hazards .
__________________
AL & ERIKA

2000 LXI Single Slide (sold)
1999 Prevost Vantare 45

Ormond Beach, Florida
PLEASE DO NOT PM ME
alperna@yahoo.com
386 290 3444
www.fastcubes.com
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-21-2018
bubblerboy64 bubblerboy64 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Shippensburg Pa
Posts: 6,839
Default

Spotters are like marriages you have good ones and bad ones. I've had guys back me right into or over something . Your right in everything you said Al it's just that I am suggesting don't trust strangers and IF you have doubts it's still up to the driver to be in charge . No disagreement . I'm sure everyone understands.

My wife and I get into debates because she will say stuff like "your getting close to the picnic table". Well folks ya have to get close to stuff. And she'll walk behind the bus and I can't see her. Understand my heart pain
__________________

John Heckman
Shippensburg Pa
1987 PT 36
The Bella Mia Sold
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 05-21-2018
dmbertrand dmbertrand is offline
dmbertrand
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cape Coral
Posts: 75
Default

[QUOTE=bubblerboy64;416812]e to the picnic table". And she'll walk behind the bus and I can't see her.

All

My hard and fast rule with spotter "If I can't see you this bus does not move" PERIOD

Dean
__________________
Dean M Bertrand
Cape Coral, Florida
2002 LXi 43 SS
dmbertrand@embarqmail.com
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 05-21-2018
Randy Dupree's Avatar
Randy Dupree Randy Dupree is online now
Forum owner
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Port St Joe,Fl
Posts: 35,703
Default

[QUOTE=dmbertrand;416814]
Quote:
Originally Posted by bubblerboy64 View Post
e to the picnic table". And she'll walk behind the bus and I can't see her.

All

My hard and fast rule with spotter "If I can't see you this bus does not move" PERIOD

Dean
Smart man!i do the same.
__________________
DO NOT SEND PM
email me at randy@randydupree.com only.

Randy Dupree
2000 LXI 43
Bainbridge,Ga.
Port St Joe Fl.
www.buybyebluebird.com

randy@randydupree.com
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 05-21-2018
al perna al perna is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ormond fla
Posts: 2,258
Default

I treat Parking Like Scuba Diving

Plan your Dive
Dive your plan

every campground, truck stop brings about different issues . Get out make a plan , locate wife or assistant and go slow . If everyone is waving , lol get out , regroup and try again

x2 Dean ,I no see you , you no help to me And it will not always be the same spot you place a spotter , so find your blind spot and get someone there to cover for you . If no one is around you need to get out often and look for yourself . Just simple stuff we all learn over the years . Be it by hitting stuff or just missing it . Lets see over the years I have hit .

A car
2 picnic tables
a air condition unit
a truck ( with trailer rear corner )
a tree ( overhead )
a fence ( mirror )
post at Flying J
__________________
AL & ERIKA

2000 LXI Single Slide (sold)
1999 Prevost Vantare 45

Ormond Beach, Florida
PLEASE DO NOT PM ME
alperna@yahoo.com
386 290 3444
www.fastcubes.com
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 05-21-2018
iamflagman's Avatar
iamflagman iamflagman is offline
(1943-2018) Forum Co-founder/Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hopkins
Posts: 11,506
Default

Bud ain't worth a #!&* when it comes being a spotter for me and most of the time he is all that is available


When I leave Ryan Saari's place I have to back the bus and trailer around a street corner and Ryan does an excellent job being my spotter. Mark Bragdon has been another good spotter for me too.
__________________

JOHN FINN
FORUM MODERATOR-ADMINISTRATOR
1982 FC35RB
I'm NO EXPERT, but I did stay in the FINN'S INN EXPRESS last night
HOPKINS, SOUTH CAROLINA
VISIT THE FINN'S INN EXPRESS REMODELING ADVENTURE AND TECH. TIPS
I'M SO SLOW ON THE HILLS,THAT I GET TO SMELL THE FLOWERS AS I GO BY.....AND WATCH THEM GROW TOO!! NOT SO MUCH ANYMORE
Visit the WILD HARE RACING website
REMEMBER 9/11
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 05-21-2018
MRPutz's Avatar
MRPutz MRPutz is offline
Burnin Up in Az. :-)
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Mesa
Posts: 4,104
Default

I fired my wife as a spotter!


We were meeting a group up at Forest Lakes, AZ up on the rim and we got there late Friday night after a full days work, loading, and climbing the hill. When I got there I saw a good friend of mine took the best spot (he usually does) with shade and next to the group fire pit. He had his awning out and so I pulled in the bus with 24' trailer full of toys right between him and the fire pit. I was only about 2' away from his awning so in the morning when he opened up his door all he would see is.... BUS!

But after a moment i realized as funny as it would be I'd have to fire up the coach in the morning and at high altitudes and cold weather that would be a chore for that old 3208na motor. So I started to back up but I could not see the trailer in the mirrrors due to the smoke and reflections off my tail lights.

So, I opened up a window and asked the wife to watch the trailer. I started backing up and felt a little resistance. I thought the coach was simply settling in the damp earth so gave it a little more peddle. Just then the door opens and the wife says in a loud whisper, "Stop, you're jack-knifed!"

I said, why didn't you yell STOP? She said she didn't want to wake anyone! I told her I just parked a 35' diesel bus right next to a toyhauler, don't you think that woke them up???

So I fired her and bought a nice 8" flat screen backup camera! So next time you guys see "Putz'n Around" ask Tami about the rear dent on the passengers' side!
__________________
Michael & Tami Putz
78FC35SB & 83FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Putz'n Around"
'90 GL1500 Goldwing | '67 VW Rail | '82 CJ5 Jeep
eMail=Mike.Putz@cox.net | Web=http://mikeputz.com/
Solar = https://www.solarpenny.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=257

FMCA #236459, Good Sam #17270530, Vintage Birds #1509
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Camping sandydandy46 First-Timers and Newcomers 5 10-19-2017 10:03 PM
Flying solo Marc_in_CT Under The Awning 15 10-03-2014 11:34 PM
Texas Woman Goes Solo In Her RV GreenBird Under The Awning 1 08-30-2011 12:05 PM
$5.00 camping Bluebird Bob Under The Awning 0 08-02-2011 09:30 PM
Preparing for first solo Jump WestySKPs Under The Awning 76 07-18-2011 05:37 PM

Web Search:

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.