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Tips for backing up an RV or travel trailer

Backing up an oversized vehicle, like an RV or a travel trailer, can be very hard. You have severely limited visibility. You have huge blind spots, even with your mirrors. Plus, this is probably not your daily driver, so you already feel a bit out of your element as soon as you get behind the wheel.

How can you back up safely and effectively? Here are a few tips:

  • Get help. Ask someone to be a spotter. They can stand behind you but off to the side, watching for things outside of your field of vision. They can then give you directions and call out a warning if need be.
  • Scout out the area first. Don't just glance at it in your mirror and then back up. Stop the RV, get out and walk around through the area. Are there other cars? Are there people on foot? What fixed objects do you need to avoid?
  • Practice in a safe space. Many people back up for the first and only time of the year when they get to a campsite. It's hard to drive any vehicle without practice, and it's especially hard with an over-sized and complicated vehicle. Take time to work on your skills at home or in a parking lot before you need to use them in the real world.

These tips may help you, but you can imagine that you still face some serious risks from other drivers who are not as prepared as you are. Make sure you know how to seek financial compensation after an injury.

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