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Old 04-24-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
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a scarey happening

I was sitting under my awning yesterday watching a fellow monty owner hitching up to leave. He was backing the truck, his DW standing beneath the overhang, directly in the middle, between trailer and truck!! She was directing him back, and I know the tailgate wasnt inches from her. I was holding my breath! Then wasnt 30 minutes till another guy had his DW in the same position between trailer and truck. I dont know how many does this but sure looks dangerous. No way will I put my "cook" and partner in this position. I have a crewcab, long bed truck and have never needed any guidance in hitching up for I can view the fifthwheel hitch and pin from the drivers seat. Just wondering how many does this in hooking up?
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:05 PM   #2
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Are you kidding me? I'm usually inside still getting things ready when I lose my balance from the bump! Although I have been known in the past to hold the piece of wood for Dano when he's spliting. Guess it's just a matter of trust.
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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This is one of the things that I preach against. I've warned people over and over about this. You know what happens? I'm told to mind my own d*** business! But I still keep seeing it and I still keep warning. I won't sit by and let someone do that without me saying something. Maybe I might be called a meddler but if I can save one life or prevent one injury, it will have been worth it.

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:20 PM   #4
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I do the backing up while Walt stands beside the overhang and directs me because I follow directions better that he does or maybe it is because I can't give directions worth a darn.LOL Anyway I would never stand under there while he is backing up.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:33 PM   #5
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Wow! Never, ever even thought of doing that! Not that I don't trust Ed, I don't trust Murphy. If something happens, the truck and the Monty can be fixed, I might not.
Happy trails...........................
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:52 PM   #6
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I guess it takes all kinds!!!
When we are setting up the Montana if I can't see my DW in the rear view mirror the truck will not move an inch. The thought just scares me that I would be the one to hurt her in any way.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:56 PM   #7
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No way...geez wife would really think I was out to get her...LOL
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:59 PM   #8
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Wow! Talk about a possible scary situation... Some folks just don't realize the possible "effects" of their actions until it is too late.
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:01 PM   #9
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99% of the time Lorraine is still in the trailer getting things ready to go but even when she is outside she is no where near the trailer. The only time I use her for directions is to stop me from backing into an object that does not appear in my mirrors other than that she stands clear of the truck and trailer at all times.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:23 AM   #10
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A piece of black electric tape in the center lower half of the truck rear window visible in the rear view mirror is all the guide I need to safely hitch up- I line up the tape with the level on the front of " Annie" and ease back- Works for us- Of course we have an older
Monty - Don
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:49 AM   #11
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DW tried that one time, I told her to get her butt out of there and stay out of there.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:55 PM   #12
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If my DW is anywhere near the truck or trailer when my truck starts up it does not move until she is way clear and out of my way. She doesn't drive and her guiding is just as bad, plus I have over 35 years invested in this relationship and don't want to run over it.

It would be a good way to get rid of the ex however.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:15 AM   #13
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All very good ideas.

Does anyone have a solution to learning which is 'right' and which is 'left'? ......thought about a big "R" with a sharpie on the right hand, but then might get it on the left, and probably wouldn't wash off.

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Old 04-27-2007, 03:26 PM   #14
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Robbie, perhaps a few years in the military would solve the left and right recognition problem, "Your left, your left, your left, right left", etc. over and over.
You could also just practice the above marching when on walks or hikes, chanting the above together.
Don't forget to explain which is left and right before your start, and that when looking in a mirror left is right and right is left.
Only do this when it is right to do so and nothing is left to lose.
LOL.
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Old 04-27-2007, 03:36 PM   #15
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Larry,

You and I think alike.

"Your left, your left, your left, right left"

"You could also just practice the above marching when on walks or hikes, chanting the above together."

Yeah, that's what we'll do......

I'd be left, your left, your left, right left...right to the dog house! Then, I'd have nothing left to lose.

Thanks ol' pal.

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Old 04-28-2007, 04:13 AM   #16
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I would never never stand there while Don is backing up. I am usually still in trailer doing the inside thing.
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Old 04-28-2007, 05:15 AM   #17
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We are both out there when hooking and unhooking. It is always me at the back and Helen doing the backing.I do stand off to the side as I can see from there and we have the V- tail gate so the gate is not down but I can say that if the gate was down there would be no way anyone could get caught between the down gate and the camper when hooked up there is room to get between the gate and the camper and we have the new front end..not much room but the camper woud be hitched before any personal damage could be done.. However ..It is not a good idea to stand under the overhang when hooking or unhooking.. Why tempt fate.
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