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Trusting mirrors without spotters leads to trouble

South Dakota resident Michael McCray just started RVing last year in his motorhome, but he’s already got a story to share:

I was on my maiden voyage, workamping at Ruby’s Inn in Bryce Canyon, Utah, from late July to mid-October 2014. The weather began getting chilly about mid-September and I found myself needing propane.

There was an LP store about a half mile away. Since my tow dolly was still attached, I unhooked and drove to the propane source. On my return, I needed to back into my in to my space since the dolly was still in place.

Now, I’m solo, so have no one to guide me. But I was prepared. I placed an orange leveling block right next to the driver’s window so I would know where to stop and I had the electric pedestal to help, too.

My back up camera was not installed yet, so I tried backing in by keeping an eye on the side mirror and watching for the marker. At some point I had a bad feeling I wasn’t lining up right, so I stopped and got out to inspect.

To my horror and embarrassment, I found the I had backed too far and the rear skewed toward the passenger side. I made contact with the tow dolly and pushed it back a ways, but I also side swiped the front fender of my towed vehicle, a 2012 Kia Soul.

I got back in the drivers seat and after a minute of contemplation discovered that I had been looking at the concave (blind spot) mirror instead of the normal one. On my coach, the mirror is mounted high with the blind spot mirror placed at the bottom, directly in my normal, line of sight. I have to look up to view the normal mirror.

LESSON LEARNED: Get the back-up camera working, and also use the correct mirror.

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