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GrandpaKip

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Posted: 07/12/19 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife believes I’m Superman. She keeps expecting me to use my X-ray vision.


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We found that backing up directions became less stressful when we got Walkie Talkies. No more screening which lowered our stress levels. Also I remind her that I need to see her from one of my rear view mirrors. Instead of left/right directions we use driver/passenger to indicate which directions she wants me to move the camper.

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Two more suggestions: first, tell her how great she's doing, as often as you can. Pretty soon, you will both start to believe it. [emoticon]

Second, don't undertake a complicated backing-up job when you are hungry or thirsty. We often "snack up" as we are nearing our destination to build up our blood sugar for the upcoming ordeal.


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For me the spotter is just to signal stop if we're are about to hit something.


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profdant139 wrote:

Two more suggestions: first, tell her how great she's doing, as often as you can. Pretty soon, you will both start to believe it. [emoticon]

Second, don't undertake a complicated backing-up job when you are hungry or thirsty. We often "snack up" as we are nearing our destination to build up our blood sugar for the upcoming ordeal.
You camp in the middle of no where. All you have to do is shut the vehicle off.[emoticon]

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After 11 years of trying everything I know, I have given up. Starting with the simple precept that if she can't see me in the mirror, I can't see her. I pretty much ignore her and get out if I have to. I'm at a loss as to what to try anymore when I've explained it so many times. Just easier if I do it and let her think she's helping. Every trip used to start with tension at the campsite. No more.


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profdant139 wrote:

Two more suggestions: first, tell her how great she's doing, as often as you can. Pretty soon, you will both start to believe it. [emoticon]

Second, don't undertake a complicated backing-up job when you are hungry or thirsty. We often "snack up" as we are nearing our destination to build up our blood sugar for the upcoming ordeal.


This is key. Plus snacks keep the kids in their seats while backing in also. Sort of like the"FOrgive me for everything I said while parking the camper"

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colliehauler, believe it or not, the very trickiest parking jobs are in the boonies -- no driveway, no pad, just lots of rocks and trees. For example, this site was in the Uintas of Utah at ten thousand feet -- and yes, we did back up through those rocks to the campsite, very slowly and carefully. No hardware was harmed, but it took us a good 45 minutes to get situated:

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Or here is another example of a fun parking job -- this was near Silverton, Colorado, also at ten thousand feet. Narrow, steep, rocky, un-level, lots of trees. Much laughter and expressive hand-waving. Easily another 45 minutes well spent!

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