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Old 05-14-2015, 11:56 AM   #11
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Not yet, but I have seen a few where it would be easier to go the wrong way on the loop and back in from the other direction. I have seen many people do this over the years.

I did have the opposite happen to me last spring. Backed in with no issues, nice and smooth and easy, unhooked, fairly large site. When it was time to leave, it was a major pain. I could not pull forwards due to all the large trees along street side of the TT were all in the wrong places. I had to do a lot of jockeying. I think it took me 30+ minutes to move 5 feet. I was just about to contact the State Park Ranger for some help, once we got about 1/2" of clearance between the roof and a LARGE tree branch.
Probably has to due with the angle of the TV relative to the trailer when you unhooked vs hooked back up.
I have noticed this a few times leaving our storage parking spot which has a post that I am usually within 12 inches of. One time I hooked up a little crooked and because I wasn't straight while pulling forward I was very close to the post as I left.
One more thing to think about but you can adjust the angle you hookup with to help get out of a tight site.

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:36 PM   #12
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No. I usually look at the site sizes before I go and then look at google maps/satellite view to see what actually fit. I have personally found that most (if not all that I have been to) state campgrounds and county campgrounds underestimate their site sizes.

For example, Jalama State Beach - said 30ft, google clearly showed 35ft motor-homes in those sites, I got there with my 35ft travel trailer and had about 10-12ft behind me.

Example 2 - Emma Wood State Beach - said 32, google clearly showed 35ft trailers and motor-homes in those sites, I had about 30ft behind me and then another 30ft of rocks back to the ocean.

I had a reservation at Yosemite and had sold my class C before our trip. I was worried I wouldn't be able to fit in the site I had selected. I called and they said if I couldn't fit that they would try and get me in a different spot. They said if I didn't fit, I wouldn't have to pay. Due to the GOV shutdown, we had to go somewhere else and I never got a chance to test that.

I could keep going, but my personal experience is prepare to a point and then just take the chance.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:52 PM   #13
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Like a couple others on here I research anywhere I am going first by using Google Earth. I look at the satellite view, street view and take measurements using the ruler feature. I even plan out my gas/grocery stops ahead of time so I don't have to worry. That being said I largely avoid any campsite issues by primarily camping in the national forest. I only do designated campground sites about 10% of the time.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:45 PM   #14
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Backs before I wised up, when we would call ahead and make a reservation and they would ask the length of our TT, I would tell them 24', which it was classed as. I soon learned to tell them the total length of it (29') instead of the advertised length. Can make a difference when getting into some sites. That's all part of the learning experience.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:46 PM   #15
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Never had a site that I couldnt get into but some were a challenge but I have also had a pull thru that was like a horseshoe and that was worse than any back in site I have ever had.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:35 PM   #16
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Never had a site that I couldnt get into but some were a challenge but I have also had a pull thru that was like a horseshoe and that was worse than any back in site I have ever had.
I had one of these at McKinney Falls State Park outside Austin, TX. I would agree, it was one of the more difficult spaces I've stayed in. Luckily there were no trees really close to the pavement. The hardest part was that the truck was at a sharp angle and on an incline by the time I got the trailer where I wanted it. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get the WDH bars on and off. That wasn't a problem, but the incline was enough that the tongue jack was at the bottom of its travel (so the coupler was about 8" off the ground) by the time the trailer got level front to back! I was afraid I would have to hitch back up and take my block out from under the tongue jack to get it low enough!
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:36 PM   #17
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I did have the opposite happen to me last spring. Backed in with no issues, nice and smooth and easy, unhooked, fairly large site. When it was time to leave, it was a major pain. ...
I hear ya'.

There are some loading docks and delivery areas that a tractor trailer can easily back into, but then can't get right out. Drivers learn to watch for that. 5th wheels can have similar problems.

Sometimes disconnecting makes sense. It's most always an option. I've disconnected and re-connected a couple times in a row rather than take a chance. That saves some maneuvering, but doesn't save face when people are watching. I'd rather be thought of as a poor driver than need to fill out those pesky insurance forms.

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There's been a few that were challenging, but I've always been able to do it. Fortunately, the other campers I've held up with my escapades always gave me that knowing "been there, done that" grin.

This coming weekend will be our first trip with the new trailer, which is half again as long as our old one, so I'm a little apprehensive with some of the sites. But this year I've made sure that our reservations were for either pull through sites, or left side back in sites, so I can just lean out the drivers side window and see what I'm actually doing. We also picked up a cheap set of walkie talkies and so DW can spot while I drive. I don't want to park by feel.
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We had one last year, it was a pull through site that was really one of those that you pull off to the side and park the trailer parallel to the road. There were trees in the way and there was no way we could pull though and not hit any of the trees. The guy a few spots away walked over and said he tried that site the night before and had the same problem. We gave up and backed into the site. Trailer wasn't positioned great, but it was only a one night stop over.
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I generally book state campgrounds and the website asks the length of my trailer. I always add 5' to make sure I don't book a site that's too tight.
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