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How to Reverse a Caravan, RV or Trailer using the ReverseMate

How to Reverse a Caravan, RV or Trailer using the ReverseMate

How to Reverse a Caravan, RV or Trailer

Reversing your Caravan RV or Trailer can be a very daunting experience for the new and experienced travellers, especially when you cannot see the blindside or have a very awkward caravan site to reverse into. This is where the ReverseMate will help you position your RV into your desired site.

I have travelled Australia in a Motorhome and a Fifth Wheeler and as a result of my travelling I have firsthand knowledge and experience of the difficulties one can endure when reversing on your own or with a spotter, for that reason I designed the ReverseMate to make life easier.

When you arrive at the caravan park the staff will allocate you a site. If you are lucky they may have a drive through site available, but on most occasions the sites can be awkward to reverse into. Below is some information on how the ReverseMate will help you easily reverse into your site.

Our ReverseMate video will give you a run through on how to set-up the markers,

  1. Firstly look at the site to see if there can be any Danger to people when you are reversing in the park. Look where all the services are such as power and water connections. You do not want to reverse over them as this can be a very costly exercise. This happened to a caravanner next to me, they finished up with a $1,600.00 bill plus the disruption to other travellers in the park without water and power.
  2. Look where you would like the rear of your RV to be parked.
  3. Using the built in tape attached to the ReverseMate, measure 2.8m from rear edge of slab to the rear marker (B) as per diagram below. That measurement allows for 100mm from the edge of the slab to your RV and 2.4m for the width of your RV and 300mm clearance from your RV to the rear marker (B). These measurements are also shown in the ReverseMate video.
  4. Step out the length of your RV. Once you have that distance you can now setup front marker (A) by stepping out from rear marker (B) step forward the distance of your RV. Then place the front marker (A) on the ground this should be 2.8m away from the front slab. Now your markers are setup.
  5. Check the site again for any Danger, then hop into your tow vehicle and start reversing using your driver’s side mirror. Glance in your offside mirror from time to time to see if there is any danger. Now once the rear wheel of your RV reaches front marker (A) start turning your wheel so the rear of your RV starts to line up with rear marker (B) this should be 300mm away from the markers (A & B). Once the rear of your RV reaches rear marker (B) you have successfully parked your RV into the site, it is that simple.

 

I had a reversing camera mounted on the rear of my RV, it was okay but only showed a tunnel vision of where I was going when reversing, it did not show where my RV was positioned on the blindside. As a result I had to keep hopping in and out of my tow vehicle. This can get quite frustrating especially when a lot of people are looking at the way you are parking, as I was a solo traveller.

I have seen many couples shouting at each other over the years when the spotter says go left when they mean right. If they had a ReverseMate they would not need a spotter as depicted in the video.

Our product, the ReverseMate is 600mm long, weighs 2.6kgs and fits into the bag supplied. They are easily stored ready for the next time you need to park your RV.

Being a survivor of Melanomas, Reversemate Pty Ltd is now a proud Partner of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

With each sale of the ReverseMates we make a donation to the Foundation. 

 

 

Inventor’s bid to raise money, awareness for melanoma

Reverse Mate Pty Ltd In Partnership with Australian Melanoma Research Foundation (AMRF)

We are proud to be associated with Australian Melanoma Research Foundation and are pleased to be able to support the Walk for Mela-No-More event during National Skin Cancer Action Week (21-27 November 2021).

Walk for Mela-No-More

Walk for Mela-No-More is a walking challenge during the National Skin Cancer Action Week. Challenge yourself to walk the distance and fund raise for Mela-No-More. To help the research Reverse Mate Pty Ltd are donating a percentage of each sale to the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

Why Melonama?

We are very keen on supporting the AMRF because the Reverse Mate Pty Ltd founder Grahame Pilgrim has had first hand experience with Melanoma. My story can be read on the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation website melanomaresearch.com.au under patient stories.

Being a survivor of Melanomas, Reversemate Pty Ltd is now a proud Partner of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

With each sale of the ReverseMates we make a donation to the Foundation. 

 

Caravan Camping Sales Test and Review the ReverseMate

Caravan Camping Sales Test and Review the ReverseMate

 

One of Australia’s most popular sites for Caravanners has recently carried out a Review and Test of the ReverseMate a reversing aid for Caravans and RVs.

They say public speaking is the biggest fear of most Australians, but many owners of big caravans will testify that backing their tandem axle beast into a tight spot at a busy caravan park, with a snickering crowd watching, is more nerve wracking.

Caravan Camping Sales undertook a series of test using the Reverse Mate to help them position an 18 foot Caravan into position, due to Covid 19 using a Caravan Park was out of the question.

They concluded by saying :

We’d recommend the ReverseMate as a good learning tool for first-time caravanners, along with solo travellers and those with larger tandem axle vans. It could also serve as a ‘marriage saving’ device for caravanning couples, and it’s a lot cheaper although less convenient than fitting a reverse camera.

Being a survivor of Melanomas, Reversemate Pty Ltd is now a proud Partner of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

With each sale of the ReverseMates we make a donation to the Foundation. 

RV Secrets: Reversing Parking with the ReverseMate

RV Secrets: Reversing Parking with the ReverseMate

Reverse parking is not as terrifying as you might think.

Even if you are a casual RV owner, you might not be comfortable driving a large vehicle. This won’t be a problem most of the time. Even the most inexperienced can coax these gentle giants along with a little bit of caution and a ReverseMate.  To ensure your RV is able to be parked wherever you are, you will need to be comfortable reversing. Although it may seem daunting to perform these maneuvers in an RV, once you learn the tricks of RV reverse parking with the ReverseMate, you will soon be able to park your RV anywhere you want.

Keys to reversing an RV

  • It is a good idea to evaluate a space before you drive in. If you are unable to reverse your RV into the space.
  • You should make sure all curtains are securely closed in your RV. Visibility is crucial for successful reversing. Make sure nothing blocks your vision.
  • It may be necessary to get out of your RV in order to inspect the space behind you. This is especially important if you are reversing out from a space. Although it may seem like a hassle, it can help prevent some extremely unfortunate and unneeded accidents from ever occurring.
  • You can also make a spotter for a passenger if you are travelling together. This method is more efficient than using reversing cameras. You must be able to see the spotter through your mirrors. If you lose sight of them, you should stop until they are found. It is also helpful to be able to hear and understand their hand signals. Coordinate beforehand to ensure that there are no communication problems.
  • Don’t get too caught up in the rear of your vehicle, especially if the RV is being swung around to fit into a spot.
  • You can swing around in a circle and then reverse into a park by making a wide turn. This will allow you to get into a more straight backing position.
  • Be sure to check for tree branches and other obstacles that could cause obstructions when you reverse.
  • A three-point turn is a good idea, but don’t be afraid to try ten points when you start out. As long as you get the right angle at the end, a three-point turn might be the best.

All these tips can help you master reversing, but practice is the only way to get better. This means that you will need to make excuses for yourself to travel on more RV adventures to “make sure you have the technique down”. 

A Unique Caravan & RV Accessory To Help With Reversing.

ReverseMate offers camping and RV accessories like no other. This device helps you to correct your reversing using markers and a measurement system. Reverse like the pros even if you are a beginner.

Being a survivor of Melanomas, Reversemate Pty Ltd is now a proud Partner of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

With each sale of the ReverseMates we make a donation to the Foundation. 

Get your reversing accessory today!

ReverseMate Reviewed by RV Daily

ReverseMate Reviewed by RV Daily

 

RV Daily (one of Australia’s most popular Caravan, 4WD and RV websites) has just published a post where they carried out an independent review of our Caravan Reversing Aid – ReverseMate™

In the review, they say:

If reversing your caravan is not your strongest skill
or you want to just avoid being threatened with divorce on your next caravanning holiday,
then ReverseMate may be the answer to your prayers.

and they sum up the product by saying :

Reversing your caravan into a site is a skill that requires lots of practice to get right, and even then, you don’t always nail it every time.  For occasional caravanners or solo travellers, the ReverseMate could prove to be an invaluable tool.  Even if you’re an experienced caravanner, it may help you to avoid those occasions when you stuff it up completely, entertain the onlookers and feel the need to download the divorce papers.

 

 

See the full RV Daily Article Here :
Got trouble reversing your caravan? Get a Reverse Mate to help you.

 

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