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Old 04-14-2015, 02:03 PM   #21
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X2 Randy. One lot we stayed at in Pennsylvania had two guys who came along while parking. The one in the front told me which way to turn, while the one in the back watched. I swore the slot was too small for our combo but we slid into it like a greased fish with their capable help.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:30 PM   #22
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Last time I camped was a Halloween weekend at a local park.
Well, got there later than planned (9pm) and tireder. Wife and I have been perfect with the radios until this trip .
The site requires backing up past four other sites. All goes well until a "helpful" character comes over to help. He keeps giving my wife suggestions as I back up until I stop listening since I know what I am doing, she know what she is doing and he is just making us both doubt our abilities. Talking to the helper later, it turned out he was already pretty well along celebrating the weekend.
Once I get in the spot, there are trees in front and behind the slide. Just need to adjust it right to get it between them. After moving back and forth about 8 times, wife calls the office for help since they assigned us this spot. I know she was not trying to hurt my pride, but I was tired at that point (then the fight started).
I pull the trailer about 40 feet out, back it in get it EXACTLY where it needs to be, except for levelling it.
I jump out , put boards in front of one wheel and Legos in front of the other to get level
Pull the trailer up on the blocks until the level is perfect (half a bubble out to allow for the slide).
Chock the driver side wheels immediately.

Then the 17 YO from the CG office shows up to help. He and wife start talking as I am un-hitching (and stewing). I needed to put a block under the jack to give a little more lift to the front.
Well, get the trailer high enough to unhitch, but it is caught on the ball. I give the truck a little nudge and they come apart.
Apparently, I should have checked that the wheels were all the way up on the blocks. The curb side wheels of the trailer rolled backward and the block under the jack tipped over, and the whole trailer acted as though it was taking a trip without us for a moment, rotating clockwise.
The 17 YO tried to stop the trailer from going anywhere, but it had already stopped, (no longer level). I was a bit surprised when it all shifted and used some colorful language.
At this point, finished setting up, went to bed, apologized a few times the next day to DW, and deciding to thank anyone who wants to help nicely and then ignore anything they say - and DW agreed.
Also, bought Anderson Trailer Leveler blocks. Can't wait to try them out.

I also need to sell popcorn next time. I would have made a bundle.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:06 PM   #23
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Over time I have learned to focus on my inside trailer wheels. If I back those inside wheels into a location the rest of the trailer is there also, no need to focus on the rest of the trailer.

I walk my path from trailer to end of backing and notice how my inside wheels must track to end up where I want them. My spotter only needs to watch out for things I am not looking at. Once I focus on the wheels and visualize my path while trusting my spotter to warn me if I am going to hit anything, I back in. over time you will never pull forward as long as your visualized path is possible from your starting point.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:09 PM   #24
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I do understand the problem of backing a 5'er into a camping spot. Even though I have managed to actually parallel our full-size F350 long-bed with a 36ft 5th wheel between two parked vehicles on a street, I have had difficulty backing into a camp spot. I usually get out of the truck, walk the spot I want to put the 5'er in. I get the picture in my head. Get back in the truck and usually get it right in. However, there have been places I have had to back in blind, with my husband as the guide. Most of the time I cannot see him, and the rest of the time he has no clue how to give directions. My husband is very good at explaining to bystanders that I am just learning how to back in. Even though I have been doing so for 5 years. It all takes practice. And remember, everyone gets better with practice. Just take it slow, get your bearings and you will succeed.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:18 PM   #25
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One of my biggest concerns is what is always on my blind side. I just watched the video above and one of the best things I've found is to walk the site like they suggest and get a good feel for what you're backing into. And some places, you don't want to forget to look up, for low hanging limbs. I found out last year that some of these people that check you in have no clue about lot size/location vs the size of your TT. I hope that was the exception. A lot of places they escort you to the site and assist you in getting parked.
"A lot of places they escort you to the site and assist you in getting parked."

In the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" (1953), when they went to a RV Park, they had people take the owner's rig and park it and set it up for them. But hey, that was then.
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We pulled out of the dealer's lot and headed a few miles to our CG. Checking in I metioned this would be my first time to back in a site. The guy who was to have guided me asked if I would like him to back it. "Sure", says I. Wow, that's easy (lookin'). Next night I dropped "first time" again and was given a pull thru. Dang! Anybody can do this. Next stop I hadda do it myself. Got it done but took some stabbin. Finally got where I could get it done with reasonable ease, then the 5th showed up. 24' to 39'. Hadda start from scratch it felt like. All said, the 5th is much easier to tow and I'd never go back (anyway, that's my story today).
Last weekend with the son watching I just slid it right in like a pro. Son was impressed (dang dad, you're getting good at that). Lucky he didn't go to the storage lot with me. Thought I was gonna have to drop the 5th and go buy diesel.
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Sounds like a 12ga shotgun went off in the cab.
Exactly. Dogs didn't know if they were punched, bored or reemed. Navigator continued to direct me, unaware what happened. 2 hours of clean up, lifetime of reminders. Priceless!
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:15 PM   #28
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…………………...In the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" (1953), ……….
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Still remember going to the drive in with my parents to see that movie when it came out. I was 8 at the time. I watched it again a year or so ago on some movie channel.
that was quite the set up they had!
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These stories are great - reading about the learning experiences others have gone through is strangely comforting
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These stories are great - reading about the learning experiences others have gone through is strangely comforting
I have started another thread in General Chat for those that are not viewing this current thread. We can all learn if we only share our experiences.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...are-26341.html
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