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Old 07-19-2005, 08:21 PM   #29
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Sure that wasn't a pull thru? Glad you did'nt have to do that at night. Great job. How do you keep that 34 footer exterior clean while on the road?
It was supposed to be a pull thru ... but it didn't work out that way. After getting set up ... I walked over to the office and found a note for me saying ... "Be Careful!"

I must admit now that while circling around looking for our site ... I knocked over a dead tree stump that was holding a solar powered lamp ... thought I damaged the trailer ... turned out the awning arm grazed it and knocked it over ... no damage ... whew! ... that was a close one. Then I mustered the courage to park it!

As for cleaning the 34 while on the road ... that's a tough one. The trailer is filthy dirty right now ... but I located an excellent RV wash station in Spokane ... so the AS gets a bubble bath tomorrow.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:00 PM   #30
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Remco -- I've kept my eye on the roadside caravans on le Tour. Out the corner of my eye I may have seen the characteristic Airstream contour for about one second on today's stage to Pau. Couldn't tell for sure... If only there were more 'over there!'
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:58 AM   #31
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Porky,

Holy Moly that was some good parking.
I am impressed!!!!
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:24 AM   #32
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Not to compete but....

This was my first time backing into a site ever....

It was also my wife's first time directing me. Not even a scratch
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Old 07-20-2005, 12:38 PM   #33
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To park on my RV space at home, I back 185 ft up a city T-alley, across the regular alley, and into my backyard through an 11 ft gate...first missing the dumpster on the curb side at the beginning of the T-alley by hanging left towards the streetside of the trailer, then manuvering to the right side as I back up the next 100 ft. to line up with the gate all the while missing the neighbor's fence on the curbside.
All my neighbors come out to watch if they are home....just so they can see someone actually back a trailer.
I have been backing trailers since I was 8 yrs old at Grandma's farm.....once you get it down it is like riding a bicycle.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:32 PM   #34
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Nice park job, Porky... but I don't know what all the fuss everybody is about... you still had a good 8" on each side to play with! Geez...

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Old 07-20-2005, 02:30 PM   #35
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i havent towed the airstream yet, but i have no problem with my 6x12 box trailer, i really dont think i could ever be as percise as porky though...
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Old 07-20-2005, 05:00 PM   #36
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This was my first time backing into a site ever....

It was also my wife's first time directing me. Not even a scratch
Tim ... I salute you ... you are a man among men.

Doesn't leave much room for the awning, eh?
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Old 07-20-2005, 05:06 PM   #37
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Wow! Did you light the hot water heater that night? If what I see in the picture is you hot water heater it looks awefully close to that pine tree! You could have had a new definition of 'camp fire'.....
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Old 07-20-2005, 05:11 PM   #38
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...It was also my wife's first time directing me...
My wife is very good at giving directions too.

But I am also quite proud of the mirrors I have for both trucks!

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Old 07-20-2005, 05:32 PM   #39
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We watched a fellow wrestle a big fifth wheel into a too small campsite. It was a chore, and not because of trees and the like. I'm guessing he was a newbee and should have asked for something else but then again you know some of us guys are . He was going to prove a point and get that trailer into its assigned site! Besides that issue, he and his wife and kids were having a difficult time communicating (both in seeing each other, and their opinion as to what was right) in regards to positioning the trailer.

After what seemed to be 20 minutes of jockeying the trailer he finally gets the fifth wheel to barely fit on the site and at that point tempers were flairing, doors were being slammed and arms were flying up in the air. We were already in stitches from watching this circus, but it really got funny when he plugs in the power and then realizes that he can't open the slide out because its right next to the power pole. He at that point gets back in the truck and starts to jockey the trailer again only to realize that the site is too narrow and will require the front or rear of the trailer to hang out in the road.

Ah yes the joys of camping!

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i feel his pain.....

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You know tho... there's something very satisfying about backing a trailer into a difficult site the first time without fuss and bother and everyone in the campground is watching. 'Course that's always the time that there's no one around to watch and be impressed... It's the "and then there was the time when I backed it right in between these two trees" story that no one will believe 'cause no one saw you do it!

I have had to become reasonably proficient at backing 'cause I have this "S""Z""?" thing I have to make the Ex and 34' trailer do to get it from our 24' wide street through our 20' wide driveway and onto our 15' wide parking pad beside the garage. It does feel pretty good though when you back it right in the first time!

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Old 07-20-2005, 05:43 PM   #42
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...Besides that issue, he and his wife and kids were having a difficult time communicating (both in seeing each other, and their opinion as to what was right) in regards to positioning the trailer..


On that note, allow me to share an excerpt from my first trip to a private campground which, I believe, was my fourth trip out:

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Parking was interesting. Although I know there are a lot of people much better at backing a trailer, I can get the job done & don’t sweat it. I figured we were covered on this aspect when we were escorted to our site by a man in a golf cart. Although new at this, I advised my wife that he would probably help us get backed in but that she should consider herself on standby if he simply waved goodbye after pointing out our site. Arriving at our site, Kim jumps out leaving the Boyz in their car seats.

The man in the golf cart pulled over & proceeded to get me lined up from the back when our neighbor pops out of his white box, and proceeds to direct me from the front. So there’s one set of directions from the back, one from the front, and a repeated request from the backseat, “Daddy, I want out!” Surprise, surprise – the two sets of parking directions started to contradict each other. I could see Kim standing there wondering who I was going to give directions to, and how pleasant it would be.

Deciding the campground rep was the best one to listen to at the moment, I ignored the neighbor & the Boyz. The Boyz got over it. The neighbor did not as he ignored me the rest of our visit. Thinking about it later, I believe I would do the same thing again.
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