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Old 11-25-2017, 10:24 AM   #1
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Rear cam backing up tips?

Hi all

Slightly embarrassed to ask this - but I bet I get some good tips below.

So for backing into a campsite with our Casita (no backup cam) I knew to only use the tug’s side mirrors, and to put my hand on the BOTTOM of the steering wheel, and to move my hand in the direction I wanted the back of the Casita to go, as seen in the side view mirrors.

However now that we have the ETI installed rear view camera - on our 21’ escape - - I find my pea brain overloaded, and I get confused when I look at both the side mirrors and also the rear camera.

Now the rear camera offers much more information, and I would prefer to rely mostly on the rear view camera, as my awesome wife has the hand signals perfected,

But I somehow now feel that my habit of “hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and move my hand in the direction I want the back of the trailer to go” no longer works.

My brain gets very confused now when backing into a spot.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks.

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Old 11-25-2017, 11:32 AM   #2
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That was one of the surprises when I first had a backup camera on the back of a trailer. I'd expected that it'd be what I totally used when backing into a spot. But I don't use it that way. I still use my side mirrors to judge my side-to-side positioning etc. I find that I use the camera separately and selectively. More like, pause, look at monitor to see how close I'm getting to any objects directly behind me and then move backwards while using the mirrors again. There's no right or wrong I guess, just what works for you.

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That was one of the surprises when I first had a backup camera on the back of a trailer. I'd expected that it'd be what I totally used when backing into a spot. But I don't use it that way. I still use my side mirrors to judge my side-to-side positioning etc. I find that I use the camera separately and selectively. More like, pause, look at monitor to see how close I'm getting to any objects directly behind me and then move backwards while using the mirrors again. There's no right or wrong I guess, just what works for you.

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I do pretty much the same. Mirrors & "get out & look" for backing into a site, and the camera only to make sure I'm not getting too close to anything behind me.

My primary use for the camera is as a rear view mirror when driving, and, since I travel solo, to check behind me if I need to back up in a gas station or parking lot to check that someone hasn't stepped in (or parked a shopping cart) behind the trailer while I climbed into the truck.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:02 PM   #4
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Thanks Ron and Jon for the good thoughts.

The main issue is backing into our narrow driveway at home

The side mirrors don’t tell me hardly anything and my wife is behind the escape guiding me in with hand signals.

So I guess my main question is - when using the backup camera - where do I grab the steering wheel to have hand motions match how I want to move the rear of the escape?

(When using side mirrors it Ian the bottom of the steering wheel)

I should take the time to go to a big parking lot and figure it out myself, I know.



Thanks.

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I don't think anything changes. If you want the rear of the trailer to go left, you move your hand ( at the bottom of the wheel ) to the left.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:52 PM   #6
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I don't think anything changes. If you want the rear of the trailer to go left, you move your hand ( at the bottom of the wheel ) to the left.
Ah. Of course. Makes perfect sense.

Maybe I should put reminders on each side of the backup screen display.



Somehow my brain gets confused regardless.

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Just don't look at the camera display unless you need to. Look at your mirrors. If you've got out and checked the area and noted any obstructions, you should be able to see those in your mirror and avoid them. When you know you are close to that tree that you are backing up to, check the camera.
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Old 11-25-2017, 06:09 PM   #8
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If I was buying my trailer now, I would save my money and forget the rear view camera!
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Old 11-25-2017, 06:25 PM   #9
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So I guess my main question is - when using the backup camera - where do I grab the steering wheel to have hand motions match how I want to move the rear of the escape?
Why would you need to change your method? The trailer is still gonna move the same way, regardless of how you're looking at your sides and back end of the trailer. Your trailer doesn't know if you're using a rear view/back up camera or helpful wife.
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That is what I do . Use the rear camera to not hit anything behind me . But use the mirrors when backing up . If trying to get trailer in it's spot at home the driver side mirror is what I use most because I am following a line in the concrete. Pat
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