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Old 06-15-2018, 08:23 AM   #11
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I usually wait a good bit. If they look like they are still having issues after a while, I will offer a hand.

More than once it has been a newby. More than once it is someone who is not mechanically inclined and not sure what to do.

Last campout last year, a older gentlemen parked his PU across from us, had his grandson with him, my son's age. I noticed him trying to light his refrigerator, and it was taking a bit. I left for some reason in the truck, when I came back 15-30 minutes later he was still working on lighting the frig. I sat by the fire for another 15 minutes or so. I then went over and asked if he needed any assistance. After a few moments talking, I figured it was a spiderweb in the burner assembly. grabbed the air compressor, and blow it out. It then lite. He had been trying to light it for more than an hour.

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Old 06-15-2018, 08:51 AM   #12
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We have been camping (tent/travel trailer/5vr) for over 40 years. We have been in tight spots (literally) and really needed assistance a few times. One time turns out the person helping us was also a truck driver & provided the necessary assistance - which included removing the top off the light post & asking people to move their vehicles so we could get the unit in. Campgrounds around Disneyland are very tight - when the slides are open you can actually reach out & touch the unit right next to you.

When we picked up the Jayco in 2016, was shown how to use the landing legs. On our 2nd campout, things were not working correctly & after about 30 minutes the person across from us came over, asked if we were having issues & we told him the unit was new. He showed us somethings (of course not in the manual) and made suggestions. Finally got the unit level.

Like others if we notice people struggling we will offer assistance - if they accept fine, if not, walk away.

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Old 06-15-2018, 08:58 AM   #13
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I'll stay pretty clear unless something looks dangerous or something valuable is in jeopardy. Only then will I stay back and say "give a shout if you need anything!".
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Old 06-15-2018, 10:45 AM   #14
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For us we like to watch and enjoy! In are case we can get into almost any spot.Its just the amount of time it takes.Could be 5 min or 45 never know lol!
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:01 AM   #15
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I'm too new to be of much help, but will share a recent backing nightmare.

I was having a real hard time backing up because of the pad location. The neighbor did have to move his truck, and offered to help when he saw me struggling, but I needed to learn. Pretty sure all the neighbors were watching. I kept my cool and did it after about 20 minutes. I even had to do the re-group and come around again method.

Hard to explain, but there was a curve in the road in front of pad, so not much room to straighten out. Then I had to back TT up and swing left, up a slight hill. I could get the trailer almost where I needed, but the problem was the entrance to the pad was smaller up front than in back, with a concrete culvert ditch on one side and a railroad tie drop-off on the other. So because of the backing angle, my truck tires were about to get stuck in the drop-offs. Great camp site. But I will never rent spot #14 again.

I also worried the whole time that when I left, were the TT wheels going off into the ditch when making a left without much room forward for a wide turn. No problem getting out - and a waste of time worrying.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:50 AM   #16
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I am in the "If I want help I'll ask for it" camp and have accepted offered assistance reluctantly and with extreme caution. For that reason, in the event I do think I should offer assistance to someone, I tell them, "Feel free to say no - I don't always feel comfortable in accepting help myself, so I won't be offended if you decline."
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:32 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by John from Central Florida View Post
Yesterday, I was watching a guy trying to unhitch his camper for nearly an hour, but he never asked for help and I didn’t offer any. Nothing he was doing was dangerous so I declined to intervene.

Was I wrong?
Struggling for an hour to unhitch, I think you should have offered some help. I would have offered help after about 5 minutes of him struggling.

I had someone jump out of their chair while backing into a site once. I was by myself. I didn't really need help as I had been in that site a half dozen times and our Motorhome had a backup camera, so I pretty much ignored him, but I did thank him when I got parked.

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Old 06-15-2018, 12:52 PM   #18
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Central Florida, I agree with Michael.G, you should have helped, don’t let your fear of being rejected or your advice being ignored, stop you from lending a helping hand
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:56 PM   #19
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I believe in the “Pay It Forward” and what “Goes Around Comes Around”. The first time we went camping with our new to us camper, we had no clue what we were doing. As we were setting up, a very nice lady who is a widow, came over and gave us a lot of advice. We were very grateful and spent a lot of time visiting with her. We have kept in touch with her. She was out camping alone because she and her husband had camped for years. When he passed she bought a smaller camper and kept camping. Now when camping, if I see someone who looks like they might need a hand, I go over and ask if they want help. It is a good way to pay it forward and to meet new people. Sometimes people will accept and others will say they are all set.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:31 PM   #20
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Where we used to live thenext door neighbor bought a new Redwood. I helped them back it in. They went away for a week to Camping School. Came back and when I seen them I asked them if they needed help, I was told by the wife No I we went to school and we can do it by ourselves. So I sat back and watched. Very funny. About 3 times after that when they came home from a trip I made a bag of popcorn and put a chair out on the sidewalk and watched them and laughed my butt off. After they finally got it parked the man came over and told me that his wife was the worst person to ever try to back him up. Thought that was really funny. If I see somebody having a hard time I will go over and ask them if there is anything that I can do to help, if they so no then I leave .

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