View Poll Results: If the RV park required that they park your rig, would you:
Happily allow it 10 6.58%
Grudgingly allow it, with reservations 14 9.21%
Not allow it, and park yourself 57 37.50%
Not allow it, and find somewhere else to camp 71 46.71%
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:55 AM   #57
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If you have trailer and tow it around the block, you should know how to back it around the same block. That's what I think.
I don't back perfect and neither does anybody. If you miss it so bad and so many times that somebody needs to take over and do it for you, it should be a signal.
My problem with this situation is who do you blame? Certainly not the owner of the camp ground because he has a reason for this maybe. After all, do you think he really wants to pay somebody to drive our vehicles for us? Just food for thought in case somebody has not taken the time to "semi" master the basics.
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:15 AM   #58
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I can't come up with a vote because I'm concerned about both sides. It presents something that is probably more of an issue than we think. Not just Airstream trailers but a lot of people didn't learn to drive in the country like a lot of us and more and more people are on the roads towing for the first time. Nothing wrong with that but kinda spooky our driving education system results in some park owner not letting you park your own trailer. He's probably not parking mine unless I REALLY needed to stay there.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:35 AM   #59
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I can't come up with a vote because I'm concerned about both sides. It presents something that is probably more of an issue than we think. Not just Airstream trailers but a lot of people didn't learn to drive in the country like a lot of us and more and more people are on the roads towing for the first time. Nothing wrong with that but kinda spooky our driving education system results in some park owner not letting you park your own trailer. He's probably not parking mine unless I REALLY needed to stay there.
Randy, when I first started this thread, it was a knee-jerk reaction to some schmoe hooking up to my trailer, and unceremoniously dragging it through the park, nearly wiping out another trailer with it. Yes. I can understand some park owners wanting to reduce liability, and may even consider it a "perk". I, however, don't, being an independent cuss, as most RV owners are (if not, we'd stay at Motel6, or somewhere). In the instance I first encountered, they already had my money (a lot of it), and had a large sign posted with the notorious saying "NO Refunds", else I would have gone elsewhere.
I know there are people that aren't proficient at parking, and would welcome the opportunity to let their trailer be parked for them, reducing one element of stress in their RV experience.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:32 AM   #60
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I guess if it were mandatory we wouldn't have an option....
There is another option...leave and camp somewhere else!

I never heard of such a thing! I have never seen that a campground in New England does this.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:36 AM   #61
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My response is No , of course...
In french campgrounds, it's the first time they see an Airstream, the first time they see a Ford F150 and the don't know to drive an automatic gear.... and they don't know they cannot touch the aluminium body to place the trailer.
Sure it's not a pleasure to park so there are always guys to help you in guiding... after that you can drink someting to thank them and Airstream discussions begin; that 's the camping life;
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:29 AM   #62
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I hear you Terry and agree. More and more parks are starting to escort their guests to the site and at first I used to feel like they thought I was stupid and couldn't follow a strip map to my site. I know they are trying to provide a service and remind us what 5 MPH feels like since we just came off the highway. I'm OK with that.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:31 AM   #63
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I'm still iffy on this one. I'm not a real experienced backer, but I'm getting better every time we go camping. I get pull-throughs every chance I can. I know that doesn't improve my backing skills, but I get practice when I get home. There are situations that I have been in I would have liked for someone else to back for me, but I got through it. But I admit, turning over my beloved Airstream to a complete stranger and saying "have at it" isn't in my comfort zone.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #64
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Here's my 2 cents. NO THANKS! I'll park my own. Thank YOU! We dont have an AS Yet, but when I get to old to park my own rig, I have no business pulling it. I retired 3 yrs ago after 45 yrs over the road. We go tomorrow to AS/Jackson Center and then to look and inspect a 30ft Limited . Wish Us Luck.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:30 PM   #65
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I have to admit... I have been "lurking" for a year or more and learning lots... but this... i have to chime in an say.... PLEASE... back it in for me!! I CAN do it... but not while everyone's watching with a "patron"! Am female and travel alone alot... please park it for me... I've had a long day of "babying" my baby down the road!
Glad to see you posting - Where's Monroe VA? Mid-state?

I've gotten "delusions of adequacy" about backing, and all I can say is find a big vacant parking lot (industrial site on a sunday/grocery store at 4 AM, etc) and practice, practice, practice.

Remember three simple concepts:
  • hands on bottom of wheel, move hands in direction you want the rear end of the trailer to go
  • less is more, just move 1/4 turn, nothing radical
  • release the wheel before the unit jacknifes - follow your trailer into the space, don't force it.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:52 PM   #66
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Hi, you better tell me up front about "you parking my trailer" and "No Refunds" and don't surprize me with a sign after I drove three days to get there. Other wise I'm parking my own trailer, or by God you're going to give me my money back. Your policies better be on your web site or be explained to me in great detail when I call for reservations. And if I just drive up, then I should have no problem finding the sign and being able to read it.
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:04 AM   #67
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Hi, you better tell me up front about "you parking my trailer" and "No Refunds" and don't surprize me with a sign after I drove three days to get there. Other wise I'm parking my own trailer, or by God you're going to give me my money back. Your policies better be on your web site or be explained to me in great detail when I call for reservations. And if I just drive up, then I should have no problem finding the sign and being able to read it.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:41 AM   #68
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I have a mandatory policy...which is.......H@$@# NO

I camp about 15 times a year. I only go to one campground a year, the same one by the river where we have our annual Grillbillie River Float. Yes, of course we have a floating grill. A new employee offered to escort me to my site. I responded that I knew where I was going and I moved on. The guy drives up along my passenger side up in a golf cart, and starts to bang on my rig. I calmly asked him if he banged on my trailer or my tow vehicle. Then I politely let him know that I don't appreciate people banging on my vehicles. He gave me some lip, and I kept quiet. Then he gave the little lady lip. I let him know that there would be no more communication between us. I let it go, not wanting him to lose his job. Five minutes later, the campground owner drove up to hug and kiss me, and asked if they were going to be babysitting my dog while I was on the river. She said that she heard I had a problem, that I would never have again. BTW, the owners husband is on the short list of people that I would not hesitate, letting drive my rig. Again with the BTW, the owners enjoyed being serenaded while they were served dinner and drinks. Then I watched a 5th wheeler ignore a no turns sign , only to take out the sign and a flower bed, and tear up his rig on a big rock.
There are reasons for rules and it seems that karma is alive and well.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:24 AM   #69
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We stayed at the Red Coconut in Ft. Myers last February. They may qualify for an exception in this case considering the very tight quarters and limited access roads feeding onto a very high traffic Estero Blvd. I found the folks there to be very courteous and helpful. Without this rule, I can imagine frequent congestion problems. Their tractors and drivers appeared to be careful and efficient in moving our trailer into very tight quarters.

I certainly agree, however, that as a general rule we should be allowed to park our own units.
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I would trust my ability over a strangers. I would not be comfortable allowing this person to use my property in this way. What about insurance...
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