Does your heartbeat increase and do your hands get clammy when you think about backing up an RV? If so, this article is for you!
For anyone new to RV driving, one of the most common fears is backing up an RV safely without blocking the flow of traffic.
One way to reduce your fear is to learn about the different kinds of techniques like the S-turn and the scoop. There are some great videos online that show you the steps.
Here are some additional tips for backing up an RV when you arrive at the site:
- Scout the spot. Walk the area to make sure it’s free of debris and any obstacles you will have to work around. This is also the perfect time to think through the process of backing your RV into the space.
- Use a spotter to help guide you. Use hand signals or radios to communicate. Have the spotter stand where they can see your mirror. They may have to move as you back up the RV, but you should always be able to see each other’s faces.
- Before you start backing up, tap your horn to warn people around you. Always be on the lookout for small children and pets.
- Try to back up from the left side. Your right side (passenger side) is your blindside.
- Plan stopping points, especially if you don’t have a spotter. At each point – or anytime something doesn’t look right – stop, get out and check to make sure you are avoiding obstacles and you are positioned correctly. It’s better to be cautious than to hit something that causes damage. Repeat this process as many times as necessary.
- Don’t be embarrassed to start over. Sometimes it’s easier to make a re-approach than it is to try work with bad positioning.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Learning how to back up an RV is a skill that just takes time to master. Find a level parking lot or empty street and practice finding your orientation, parking, trying the different turns and backing up. Soon you will be a pro!
In the meantime, stay calm – remember you’re driving a big rig. And don’t be shy. Ask for help if you need it. Remember the experts were in your shoes when they first started, and most people are happy to lend a hand.
At Complete we cater to new RV owners. We have valet services to help you park your RV when you bring it in for storage or service. We also teach drivers how to back up RVs of any size. Give us a call if you’re having problems. We’re happy to help!