Backing With the Stars
here you are...hesitating just outside the RV site. You choose this
site f in the hopes that backing into it is quick and painless. At some
point in our RVing lifestyle, we all face this rather tense moment.
to use the outside mirrors correctly is the key to trouble-free
parking. This procedure is really a science. Master the math, so to
speak, and it all becomes clear.
the large side mirrors on your motorhome is similar to your automobile.
The major difference is that the motorhome mirrors have broken the
scene in the mirror down into two pieces. The top mirror looks down the
side of the motorhome (just like in your car), but the bottom mirror
looks down to the road and back, so you can see your rear wheels.
the bottom mirror so you can view 1/4th to 1/3rd of the coach body. The
bottom mirror also allows you to see any auto coming up along the side
into what would be one of your blind spots.
Graphic Courtesy of Don Bobbitt
the illustration above, note the stars in the bottom mirrors. These
stars are very helpful markers when backing into a site. Affixing the
mirror star marker is best attempted with two people. Before we start,
borrow a couple of tiny, colorful star stickers from any young girl
under age 14. Chances are good that she has them stuck everywhere. Any
small adhesive object works too.
someone stand at the driver's side rear wheel well. Place the star on
the bottom mirror where their knees are reflected. Repeat this on the
other side or use the awning arm (if over the wheel well) as the marker.
Now, have the person walk back to the rear of the towed automobile.
Place another star in the upper mirror where the person is standing. At a
glance, you can see how much space to give yourself when using a
Knowing the Pivot Angle
able to visualize the pivot point where the rear end starts to turn is
very helpful. This is usually in the middle of the rear axle. Now you
know how close to an obstacle you can get and still not hit this same
obstacle on the way out of the site.