Cursing when reversing

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:03
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Ok I love my 4wd (disco 03) but why do I end up 3 feet away from everything when reversing. I'm 6ft but can't see a damm thing! Anyone got any ideas or is this one of those 'lifes trade offs'.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:14

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:14
Attach a mirror to the outside of the body at the back and line it up with your inside mirrror. Then you will be able to feather it in.

Cheers,
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:32

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:32
Or you could try the shopping centre ladies trick and reverse by ear .... probably wouldn't win too many fans tho'

;-DFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 14:01

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 14:01
I always thought they were deaf!Wow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:46

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:46
Jacs make sure you get plenty of practice for a start, but I have seen sensor kits if you really need them just like they fit to the upmarket cars. Don't know what they are like after a few river crossings though. Don't know what the 6 ft happens to mean with mirrors. Am a little bigger myself.Regards

JohnR - Not enough of the right travelling, some here..... some over there.......
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Reply By: Poida4x4 - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 02:36

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 02:36
My old hilux had a canopy on the back that I couldn't see out of so I always had to reverse by leaning out the window and looking back. The Disco has great vision but I still can't see low cars so I still hang right out the window. That way I can see, at least on my side, how far I am away from another car or wall.
I find this works pretty well. I havn't hit anything yet and I'm always snug.
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Reply By: David N. - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 09:02

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 09:02
Grab a "Fresnell Lens" for the rear window.
These are plastic, and simply stick on your rear window- about the size of a dinner plate, and allow you to reverse within about a foot of any solid object, by dramatically increasing your field of vision.
Good automotive accessory shops should have them- I bought mine about ten years ago and couldn't live without it.
Cheers
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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 09:41

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 09:41
park in places where you can see your reflection in the shop window beside you. Should see the look on peoples faces when you do this as they think you are just going to roll into their car!

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 14:03

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 14:03
yeah ..your right Leroy
they really cant fathom out how you can reverse in while window shopping hahahaWow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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Reply By: Baldrick - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:13

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:13
Fit a tow hitch that extends past the rear bumper. Reverse slowly and when you hear/feel a clunk, that's time to stop. ;)
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Follow Up By: jeff-wa - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:05

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:05
I had a massive height adjustable reece hitch on my Rocky and I used to do that at work in the tight carpark out the back! ;-)

I'd just reverse slowly toward to concret retaining wall and when it went "donk" I'd stab my foot on the clutch and rench up the hand brake!! :->

(I probally shouldn't admit to this!)
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Reply By: jeff-wa - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:08

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:08
Jaycar have some of those electronics reverse beepers/sensors. As mentioned above, don't know what they are like after a few river corssing! ;-) Prob be ok though.

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Reversing and Parking Sensor with Audible Indicator

This device will alert the driver of a reversing vehicle to the presence of obstacles (cars, people, trees, dogs etc.) and indicate the distance to them in 3 stages using a series of beeps. The controller is small enough to mount out of the way in the boot or up under the dash while the tiny beeper speaker can be fitted almost anywhere. The twin ultrasonic sensors are mounted on the rear bumper or panels and are able to resolve distances from 1.3 metres down to just 25cm.
- Supplied with cables, sensors, controller and mounting hardware.
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Follow Up By: Jacs - Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:36

Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:36
Thanks for assistance much appreciated
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Reply By: Wil - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 16:13

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 16:13
Hi Jacs

Do a combination of what some truck drivers do: Look out of the window, Open the door and look back while reversing (you can hang out further) and learn how to judge using the wing mirrors. Very effective after mastering the techniques.

It's a truck now buddy..it's fun to be slightly industrial.
Cheers
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Reply By: PETER - Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 09:12

Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 09:12
whats wrong with 3 feet - that lets the other bloke out - possibly because your 6 ft and blind may contribute to your problems but then again many blind drivers seem pritty happy with their 'lifes trade off's" regards peter
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Follow Up By: Jacs - Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 18:33

Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 18:33
I'm not parking, just reversing. Reading was a subject offered where I went to school.
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Reply By: Jacs - Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:37

Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:37
Thanks to all
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Reply By: Barry F - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 12:51

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 12:51
Judgement the most important thing to learn when controling a motorvehicle !!!!!!!
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