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Communications when reversing an RV

Communication between the driver and copilot, or spotter, is essential when an RV is being reversed into a camp site. Many folks use 2-way radios, CB radios, or walkie talkies.

Knowing and using these universal hand signals from FMCA can significantly improve communications, and eliminate a lot of frustration on the part of the driver and the spotter.

Some additional tips from forum members to help you reverse safely into your campsite:

If you can't SEE the spotter, stop and wait until you CAN see the spotter.

If you ever find yourself backing into a spot and there are vehicles parked along the road too close for comfort, don't hesitate to ask the owners to move them. Even if they are involved in a conversation or eating dinner, they would much rather take the time to move their truck than have the first meeting with you be an exchange of insurance information!

If you are backing in and there is someone waiting in the road to get by, let them wait. You will get the occasional "gotta get there now" type who will blast past you the first chance he gets but for the most part, he will just hang out and wait for you to finish...we've all made others wait and we've all had to wait. You don't want to block the road unnecessarily but don't rush, either - this can only end badly.

It's frustrating sometimes when a 3rd or even 4th party gets involved, such as a camp host, or a person from a site nearby. We understand they are just being friendly and trying to help. Having someone talking to you at the driver's side window while trying to see and hear your partner is not good. Does anyone know a nice polite way to tell those who are just being nice, "we got it"?

Most sites are angled so you drive passed them then back into them. If the road is one-way, commonly there will be sites on either side so there will be driver's side and passenger side back-ins. However, if the road is two-way, the sites will be angled for the right side (passenger side) of the road simply because we drive on the right.