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D.E.Bishop wrote:

... no one has mentioned looking up for overhead obstructions...


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My coach is a 38' class A, and I now travel solo since I lost my Wife. My coach has a back-up camera which is helpful when using back-in spaces. I use pull through's whenever available.

I would recommend starting out with a 34' or 36' class A and set it up for towing a vehicle so when you're spending an extended period of time at any given location you'll have transportation to get around the area.

Best of luck with your choice of a coach and safe travels....[emoticon]


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I'm in truck/trailer but the principles are the same - I work best solo. DW is only with me and some/all of the kids part of the time so I can't count on her to be there all the time anyway. Also, in an effort to keep us married, I don't have her help when she is with me.

Take your time, get out and look often, use your camera and/or cones. Of all the things that I worry about with RVing (and there are plenty), backing and parking are very low on the list.

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rk911 wrote:

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.

you need 3-things...confidence that you CAN do this; humility to admit you need an extra set of eyes or help at times; practice, practice, practice...mostly thru experience.


I soloed in a 39 ft. class a for a couple years. I had no problems except backing it into my storage unit. I usually got one of my daughters to guide me in but did it alone a couple times. One time I backed a few inches too far and bent my ladder. At one RV park I usually had help from office. I would try to get a pull through.


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WAFlowers wrote:

The only time I have any challenge backing up my RV solo is in the dark with no overhead lights during a heavy rainstorm.


I don't even go there, even if I'm not soloing.

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Posted: 02/04/19 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When in doubt, get out and look. I've driven semi's and straight trucks for years solo. None had back up cameras, just mirrors. When i wasn't sure i got out and looked and never had an issue. Much easier now, with a backup camera. The advantage to having the DW is that she can get out and look!!

You'll do fine.


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Yessir, the GOAL method (Get Out And Look) works well in nearly every situation.
Even when hooking the Jeep to the coach with the fixed arm towbar, the GOAL method allows me to do it by myself.
Forest Service campgrounds rarely have pull-through sites, so backing in is a necessity. My rear view camera and mirrors ensure that it can be done. As previously mentioned, practice is required. LOTS of practice!
The more you do it, the easier it becomes.


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A comment that I would have is that I have made and seen as many mistakes getting out as getting in. When you are sure that you are ready to leave get out again and walk around the rig one more time. Check any connections, stuff left behind, make sure that all windows are shut, the roof vents and antenna are lowered, etc. The more of hurry that you are the more important it is that you do this.

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There are two of us when we RV, but when it comes to parking the coach, my wife does not get involved. The more comfortable you become, the easier it becomes. I eyeball the site, use my mirrors and camera to back in. The only thing that will be more difficult is prepping the coach at the campsite. I typically connect everything, put out the slides and then do things outside while my wife puts things out on the inside. You'll have to do both. If you keep the junk to a minimum, setup time will be short.


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We have a 43' DP and tow a Jeep Wrangler. To back one in, while daunting would not be as concerning to me as trying to maneuver through traffic finding the right exit by myself, would be a much larger concern. Even with GPS, it takes two of us to get in the right lane, know the turns coming up and watch for traffic. I'm not a newbie and I know the fact that that we are over 60' long is a factor, but I can't imagine driving through a big city like Chicago or Atlanta for the first time by myself.


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