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Jedidad

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So I've been primarily looking at Class Cs under 26 feet mainly for the ease of driving and parking. But, I'll be full timing for a couple of years (or more) and the thought of having more living space and storage space appeals to me.

However, I'll be solo and am concerned about parking and backing by myself. The largest vehicle I've driven and backed was big Ryder box trucks but I always had someone to assist in guiding. Of course, there were no backup cameras.

Anybody here solo? Any issues? (I guess not if you're still doing it, right?)

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Jedidad wrote:

So I've been primarily looking at Class Cs under 26 feet mainly for the ease of driving and parking. But, I'll be full timing for a couple of years (or more) and the thought of having more living space and storage space appeals to me.

However, I'll be solo and am concerned about parking and backing by myself. The largest vehicle I've driven and backed was big Ryder box trucks but I always had someone to assist in guiding. Of course, there were no backup cameras.

Anybody here solo? Any issues? (I guess not if you're still doing it, right?)

Thanks.

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I've done a fair bit solo in my 32' class C. I'm not convinced it's all that much different than a 26' unit or a 36' unit in practice in most circumstances. By that I don't mean that tight quarters are not tighter if you have a larger vehicle, but rather the general nature of the challenges doesn't really change; you have to look out for your tail swing and plan ahead similarly in each of the cases, and can't generally fit in a single parking space, and so forth.

As you probably already know, the biggest secret for parking and backing is to not be afraid to get out and look...and repeat as often as necessary. Sure, some may wonder if you're good at what you're doing, but that's much better than erasing all doubt due to failing to look.

One trick I've used on several occasions when I've arrived at a campsite when it's dark or getting dark is to deploy one or a few little collapsible LED lanterns at key spots so I have a clearly visible reference for where the rock or the edge of the fireplace is, or how far back I want to end up.





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"A" have back up cameras, they are better than some one yelling at ya.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

"A" have back up cameras, they are better than some one yelling at ya.



+1 you can do it just take your time!


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Used to have Class C's. I actually find Class A's easier to back up due to the width being the same for the whole length...unlike on a C where the cab is narrower than the rest of the unit.

Get out and look over the site before backing up. See what's on the right, left, and behind, so you know what to look for in your side mirrors and backup camera.

When available, I choose a pull-through campsite rather than a back in.

It won't take long with practice to feel comfortable and confident.

Do you plan to tow a car? When I get to a campground, I just unhook my car, park it out of the way, go park the motorhome in the campsite, then walk back to the car to get it.


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I am a solo driver also of a 41ft Class A motorhome. I have found the easiest way for me to back into a site is to use orange cones. I put 2 on each side and one at the back of the site. The cones are much easier to see in your cameras and mirrors. Takes the guess work out of backing in.

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Take your time and until you get a good feel for it, it's OK to stop every 10ft get out and make sure there is nothing you are going to hit....it's OK if you spend 10min backing into a site.


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Louandsal wrote:

I am a solo driver also of a 41ft Class A motorhome. I have found the easiest way for me to back into a site is to use orange cones. I put 2 on each side and one at the back of the site. The cones are much easier to see in your cameras and mirrors. Takes the guess work out of backing in.


This is a great (and simple) idea!

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I will also be a solo rv'er. When I retire I want to full time in motor home. Also, concerned with how every thing will be to handle when alone from backing up, setting up, tear down, etc., etc., etc.

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