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Posted: 02/06/19 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DarkSkySeeker wrote:

donn0128 wrote:

...only downside I can see is backing into a site. Its sure nice to have a spotter. But there are always helpful folks willing to spot you.


I can imagine backing into a site alone. Pull past the site, get out and look, back up 5 feet, check again, 5 more feet, out, again, out.


Being a bachelor, I end up RVing solo much of the time when I get a chance to go out. Sometimes that's the way it goes when backing into a site. There's nothing to be ashamed of in getting out and looking multiple times, particularly if it avoids doing something slightly boneheaded like getting a wheel stuck in a ditch or scraping a rock.

With practice, it gets a little easier; you might go ten feet between times when you pop out to look things over.





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I go solo quite a bit, never really thought much of it.

Honestly, I think I'm more likely to back into something if my wife is spotting me than if I'm solo... [emoticon]


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I do frequently. Back up slowly and get out to check every three or four feet. Takes a while but it’s the safest way. I hurry for no one.


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Been driving solo for 5 years now.. Hope to couple up come spring though

It is not really that hard if you have the skills to back in to a back in site. Though in truth I prefer pull throughs.

But I think I'm going to like my new travel companion if we successfully hook up. SHE can drive a motor home. alas my wife WOULD not I mean even 3 feet to line up the gas pump she was scared to do. That's 3 feet STRAIGHT forward. no turn.
Same here, she's terrified to even move it at all, she won't even drive my pickup, being an automatic, there is no real reason that she couldn't, I think she's just afraid to. [emoticon]


I think in many cases, my wife included, they feel if they drive the rig A LITTLE, we will expect more.

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I can do it, and I've done it several times. Hitching up whatever I'm towing is no problem. Maneuvering is no problem. Unhitching is no problem. Trip planning does takes longer. However, I'm now almost 80, and I'm more aware of of risks which might be related to getting older and older. It's true, the older you get, the younger you wish you were.
My wife is getting a knee replacement next week. Right about now I'm thinking that I might be expecting too much. I'm wondering how close to normal she'll be?


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I've done it a couple of times but it's short trips under an hour when my wife will be needing her car at some point during out time camping. Any longer trip her preference would be to tag along with me. She sleeps most of the trip anyway [emoticon].

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Honestly, I think I'm more likely to back into something if my wife is spotting me than if I'm solo... [emoticon]


Well, yes, while backing into the spot near our house where we store the RV, the GF was intently watching the tires while the RV hit the rain gutters.

Go figure. I still take her on trips tho, and remind her to look up and down now.


There is something special about camping in an RV.
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We tow, not a coach, but I have travelled alone on multiple ocassions. The biggest trip was 2,700 miles round trip to and from FL so that she could fly down with the kids and curtail the need to miss school. I kept my overnights as pull-throughs (just to make it easier) and got in and out as necessary to check when backing in. Worked just fine. I like having her company, but when the need arises to do it otherwise, we have no problems with it.

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Many people solo RV. It's not a big deal. If it makes sense to have your spouse drive out separately, then do it. No special thought required.


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I have a travel trailer and not a self propelled RV. I have been lucky and have never gotten married. I go everywhere solo, unless you count the dog. The only problem I have is that when I get to the park the dog is so excited and happy that I have to stop and tie him out before I can get backed in perfectly.

I like driving alone. No one to complain about my singing.

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