Tips To Help You Safely Back An RV

At some point, whether you rent an RV or decide to purchase your own, you will need to be able to back the vehicle up. If you are going to spend any time at an RV park, you will either need to pull in and then back out, or better yet, back your rig into the site. From parking, turning around, to getting out of unexpected situations along your travels, you are going to need to know how to safely back an RV. Use Your Mirrors When you back a recreational vehicle you are not going to have the convenience of a rearview mirror. Obviously you’re not going to be able to turn your head and look out the back window either. Sticking your neck out the side window, straining to see behind your RV, will soon prove to be an unrealistic alternative also. You must learn to back your RV using the side mirrors. The first thing you are going to realize, especially if you are not accustomed to using side-view mirrors, is that everything is reversed. The size of objects in the mirror will also be different, plus the depth perception will be distorted in a side mirror. If you are wise, you will plan ahead before you embark on your RV journey, taking some time to get accustomed to using these mirrors. Practice, Practice, Practice Practice is the only realistic way to get accustomed to using your side mirrors. As you use them, especially when backing up, you will become more comfortable with this difference in depth perception and object size.  Even if you are just renting an RV for the weekend, or a one-time vacation getaway, set aside some time to go to an open parking lot and practice. In a big open space, away from obstacles, you can safely get the feel for backing an RV. The bigger the parking lot you can find, the better. Since it’s very helpful to have a set...

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