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Old 05-11-2016, 04:03 PM   #91
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Since we are getting on the ferry in Prince Rupert, off for 2 days in Ketchikan, on again to St Petersburg, off for 2 nights, on again to Juneau, off for 2 nights and on again to our destination in Haines, we will have plenty of practice, and a few more gray hairs! Should either learn much, or be ready for divorce court.
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I recommend viewing this video on hand signals for backing your RV.
It's about 12 minutes total, but the information is good and clearly delivered.

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We use hand signals similar to what Glenn posted, works very well for us. Others use their cell phones or walkie talkies. Any of these can save a marriage.
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Had to tell my buddy to stop flailing his arms and trying to turn the steering wheel for me - just indicate direction.
Have to tell my wife not to stand behind the trailer and not to be distracted by birds, clouds or by chatting with other campers.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:51 PM   #95
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Since we are getting on the ferry in Prince Rupert, off for 2 days in Ketchikan, on again to St Petersburg, off for 2 nights, on again to Juneau, off for 2 nights and on again to our destination in Haines, we will have plenty of practice, and a few more gray hairs! Should either learn much, or be ready for divorce court.
That's the spirit It might be costly and the ferry might be a little tricky in some places but it's a way to do something that you don't want to miss. Have a great trip.

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We use hand signals similar to what Glenn posted, works very well for us. Others use their cell phones or walkie talkies. Any of these can save a marriage.
We had years of anchoring and backing into the quay in crowded harbors in the Med. It's a spectator sport there, with all the charterers especially providing daily entertainment for the dock side restaurants.

My wife and I developed a system that sometimes confused onlookers hoping for entertainment. She had to let go of the anchor as I went astern. Then she had to set the anchor by locking the winch without totally stopping the boat and leaving it at the mercy of the elements. Then she had to lock the winch at just the right spot before we hit the quay but close enough that I could step off.

We developed movements with head movement and eyes that were imperceptible to onlookers. After a while it became almost a game for us how imperceptible we could make our communications. :

Now, if we could only do that for the trailer.

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Another trick for downtown.
I was parallel parked with a guy sitting in his car behind me.
To leave the spot I was backing up without apparently paying attention to where his front bumper was.
He pounded on his horn.
But, you see, I was looking at the plate glass window of the business we were parked in front of. I could see the reflection of his front bumper and my rear bumper. Could have backed up to within a half inch if I chose to.
Now, there are backup cameras.
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Speaking of ferries... If anyone gets a chance you can take a set of ferries from Campobello to Deer Island NB, drive to the other side of the island and take another to Letet NB on the mainland. You pass through customs driving from ME to Campobello, as it's only an island there are no lines.

Ferry was kind of different, you park on the road at the town beach, it just pulls up to the beach and drops the ramp. Nice scenic island route that we don't have many of on the east coast.
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Another trick for downtown.
I was parallel parked with a guy sitting in his car behind me.
To leave the spot I was backing up without apparently paying attention to where his front bumper was.
He pounded on his horn.
But, you see, I was looking at the plate glass window of the business we were parked in front of. I could see the reflection of his front bumper and my rear bumper. Could have backed up to within a half inch if I chose to.
Now, there are backup cameras.
Sonar is common at the back now and it will sound within 3 feet or so. People behind have been worried no doubt.
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They are roll on and off.
The ferry fare is the scary part.
Last time I took the ferry to Nanaimo it cost me $170 each way. That's vehicle and trailer ( 34 feet total ) and driver and passenger.
But, the clam chowder is really good.

I believe Ron was describing Alaska State Ferry.
Regarding the cost-- when I was out that way last year I looked at the B.C. ferry fares and it looked like they had a special for RVs that was cheaper than taking the Washington State Ferries' Anacourtes - Sidney, B.C. ferry. But it was only at certain times and may have had other restrictions. I'd like to take my trailer to Vancouver Island some day and was considering that as an option.

Yeah, I could look it up again but it will change before I need it.
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