We use cell phones for communication between driver and spotter. I'm the spotter, but as a veteran horse-trailer-backer I'm well aware that if I can't see the driver's face in the mirror, he can't see me. But sprinting back and forth from side to side as the trailer maneuvers into position, or having to put myself in mirror-friendly position where I couldn't see the back, or other side, of the trailer, finally convinced us to go to a better form of communication than hand signals. I've seen people using radios, too, but just being able to talk to the driver frees him up to look all around at whatever he needs to be watching.
For me, backing successfully into any space is directly proportional to the audience. I'll put that horse trailer on a dime if no one is around, but it takes 15 stabs at it if the whole barn is watching. :)
not locking them saves there insurance company big bucks in damaged doors.
I had a friend who was manager at an RV dealership in Houston. They had surveillance cameras on the lot, and put motion detectors in about a third of the new units, but he said getting broken into was a way of life. They didn't lock the doors for this reason. He said all the thieves wanted was the TV, which of course they had removed from all the new rigs. Once the thieves went through a dozen units and found no TV, they'd move on. We always remove the TV when we take it for service.
I do think a yard dog might be a big deterrent, too.
I totally understand where Mrs Goldwing is coming from. I'm a social person, but there's a difference between your true friends, and the people you meet and talk with while camping. To me, your true friends are almost like your family - and leaving them should not be taken lightly. Friends are valuable. It doesn't make sense to say "I'll just leave my (member of your family) because they'll be there when I get back and I'll find a new one along the way". Friends have a different level of value to different people, and you can't just tell her to go find new ones. One thing that keeps us in the "weekender" category is that our core social group is based at home. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but that's not saying that I never will. Life evolves. Right now I love getting away a little bit, and then coming back.
It does sound like they have different visions for what their golden years look like, and I don't know what to do about that. Clearly, some compromise on both parts is in order. I've seen other couples in that position - who thinks of discussing that when you're young and in love?
Mrs Goldwing does not need to feel guilty because her idea of a good life means grandkids, friends, etc. Mr Goldwing doesn't need to feel guilty because to him it doesn't. The key here is to not let the whole situation fester - get everything out in the open and start discussing solutions. There's one in there somewhere. Each party can have what they want (at least sometimes), and the other party needs to be happy for them and not use guilt as a tool. Each one may discover things they didn't know about themselves and what they want out of life. Or maybe they don't.
We use a Kuat NV platform rack normally (when we go biking), but not on camping trips. We tried it on the back of the fiver - seemed logical since we already owned the expensive bike rack and loved it. However, the bikes rocked back and forth too much. We tried bungeeing the bikes to the back ladder after putting them on the Kuat, but they still had too much movement. With the road bikes, it might have eventually worked, but I discovered that the mountain bikes which have straight handle bars were hitting the big rear window of the fiver. We decided to abandon the idea before we completely shattered the window.
We switched to a Yakima roof-mount system on top of the truck. Works well since you don't have to worry about the height (the fiver is taller than the bikes), and they are out of the way. Also, someone would have to work pretty hard to get at them, so I don't worry about them when we stop to eat or whatever.