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 11-12-2009, 09:20 PM   #85
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Originally Posted by kevin242 View Post
... I work in a Canadian National Park and I have seen many others competing for the worst... I once overheard a woman directing her husband... "keep coming...keep coming...keep coming...." <CRUNCH> "STOP, STOP, you went too far!".
Yes, part of that crunch is rig, and the other part is the park's facilities. That's exactly why we instituted assisted parking. Put simply, it's assistance to the parker plus a good dose of enlightened self-interest.

Doing this, I've developed a feel for ease with which people can back various rigs into sites. On a scale from 1 (difficult) to 10 (a snap), it goes kind of like this:

Motorhomes and pickup campers: 10
Travel trailers: 8-9
Pop-ups: 7-8 (surprisingly tricky little snots)
Fifth-wheels: 2-3


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Old 11-13-2009, 01:55 AM   #86
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I let them guide me (or so they think), but do it pretty much like I always do, slowly, watching everything and getting out to look where I am when necessary.
The only time I've come close to damaging the trailer backing into a site was when I trusted a camp employee to guide me in. He was only watching one side and by the time he told me to stop, the awning arm on the other side was up against the roof of a picnic shelter. If the trailer had been a few inches farther over there would have been a dent, if I'd gone back a few more inches the arm would have been torn off or broken. That was the first and last time I've trusted anyone other than my wife to direct me, although I'm starting to rely on my kids a bit too.
I use the "back-up-a-bit-and-get-out-for-a-look" method if it's dark or there are a lot of close obstacles.
I wouldn't trust anyone else to back up my trailer with my truck. I grew up on a farm and learned to reverse a tractor with a baler and wagon - sometimes two wagons. However if the space was tight and they were using a tractor I would probably allow it while I watched. On the other hand, as many have noted, I'm not really interested in staying in a place where the sites are so close together that space is that much of an issue.

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Old 11-13-2009, 05:26 AM   #87
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The only time I have allowed someone else to park my rig is when I arrive to an Airstream rally after a long drive and have trailered all by myself (without hubby)- then I gladly hand the job off to any one of the well experienced streamers already there. Of course if it's a pull through or I have the double axle I don't seem to have a problem- but that little single axle is hard to back up without it want to turn on you and quick!
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:38 AM   #88
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I encountered this when I had a "new-to-me" 2 year old trailer and I was at the first ever camp-out with it. The camp wanted me to unhook my Suburban and they would put the trailer on site with a tractor. My first thought was a strong NO. Their reason for parking it for me was to keep from tearing up their grass by making sharp turns. Well, their driver jacked my 34 footer so tight I thought the tires were going to leave the wheel, the grass, was damaged more that I would have ever done, and it was left sitting un-level. I had to hitch up AGAIN and level the trailer. Believe me, when I got hitched up I was VERY tempted to leave. MY thoughts today are I would leave the camp.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:42 PM   #89
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #90
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Ok ,but they have to let me camp free. lol
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:07 PM   #91
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Allow someone to park my trailer. Not a chance.

The closest I have ever come was letting an employee at the alignment shop watch me back onto the shop and on the rack.

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Old 11-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #92
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Originally Posted by eubank View Post
Doing this, I've developed a feel for ease with which people can back various rigs into sites. On a scale from 1 (difficult) to 10 (a snap), it goes kind of like this:

Motorhomes and pickup campers: 10
Travel trailers: 8-9
Pop-ups: 7-8 (surprisingly tricky little snots)
Fifth-wheels: 2-3
This is cracking me up. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:15 PM   #93
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:01 PM   #94
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Considering I drive T/T's for a living, I'd have big issues letting someone else park it for me. I'd let them watch, erm, guide me, but as stated before, I always get out and look where I am if I can't clearly see. Letting someone else park my stuff would take some real convincing, and I'd really have to WANT to be there for some reason.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:02 PM   #95
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I don't care how fancy the campground, how much insurance they have or how experienced the staff, they aren't touching my rig. If I can't do it myself, I'm not staying there.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:14 PM   #96
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I don't care how fancy the campground, how much insurance they have or how experienced the staff, they aren't touching my rig. If I can't do it myself, I'm not staying there.
My sentiment exactly... I worked 17 years in the freight industry, most of which as a yard hostler. During my tenure, I backed up trailers, of all lengths, at least 30,000 times. With that said, I wonder who is more qualified to park my rig.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:24 AM   #97
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I did the same thing(yard jockey) for 7 yrs before I retired ,45 yrs total. If I cant back it. ILL SELL IT. Cause when I cant do it anymore Im to old to be towing anyway.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:39 AM   #98
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You know, for some reason The post relating to my actual experience that caused this thread to be started never made it into this thread. oops.
Here is a link to the post, for anybody that didn't catch it when it happened:

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