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Old 02-22-2010, 06:41 PM   #29
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Thanks, Jim, and at this point it seems simpler to just keep backing in...usually I can make it in one or two passes but when I'm really tired it seems to take forever...this is usually my state when returning from a long camping trip..
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:18 PM   #30
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fotochop: Dude! You have to move! (Actually, I think you deserve congratualtions every time you get that Airstream into your yard). I saw your photos.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:55 PM   #31
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Yeah, I agree with OB Bambi -- you're no slacker, getting that thing threaded in there. And as long as you're home before dark, you'll get it in there every time.

When we were working full-time instead of Airstreaming full-time, we were surprised at how early fellow 'streamers left the rallies on Sunday mornings to go home. One fellow would leave early enough to get to Sunday School, waaay early out in the mornings to get to mid-North Carolina by mid-morning.

But it seemed all these other people were leaving by 9 or 10 to get home, unhitch, and relax. Made it better for us -- we had the rally site all to ourselves for a few hours. Our best part of the weekend, drink a couple of cups of tea and read the paper.

Then go home all relaxed and work the trailer up into the driveway and by the garage. ALWAYS home before dark because of that driveway squeeze!

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Old 02-27-2010, 09:57 PM   #32
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I just wish I would quit having nightmares about parking the Bambi in the garage. Interesting to see everyone's parking nightmares. I feel the pain! Isn't it a wonderful feeling after your AS is home and parked!
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:45 PM   #33
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A garage?

Wow, whats a garage? I sorta remember, it was only a couple of years ago . . . Oh yeah, that building behind the house with doors on one side and a wood stud wall with wood siding.

I thought we could cut a 10' door in the wood stud wall for the airstream, just back that puppy in. Then we went and bought a 25. And the 22 would have fit so well.

So we put a lean-to sunbrella awning on the side of the garage -- sheltered the A/S from above only, but better than nothing.

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Old 02-28-2010, 12:45 PM   #34
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fotochop: Dude! You have to move! (Actually, I think you deserve congratualtions every time you get that Airstream into your yard). I saw your photos.
I think about moving every time I see photos of an owner who lives on a RANCH and parks in a BARN to work on their rig with access to a LATHE, AND a WELDER, and, oh, what the hell, A CVC MACHINE in the utility room!

...if only my home/studio weren't already PAID OFF.. this means I ain't moving nowhere until I hit retirement... and then guess what happens? hint: it involves a shiny trailer, pickup truck, and miles and miles of backroads...heck... I count my blessings every single day 'cuz I already have the travelin' rig, a healthy family, and enough money for petrol!

...upcoming trips: 5 days in So.TX in the spring... a week at Ft. Wilderness followed by a week at Santa Rosa Island, FL...so like the song says: "don't cry for me"...there are so many worse fates in life than a difficult Airstream parking space, right?
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I've only got about 6" clearance on each side of the trailer as I back it in. I use a Toyota 4 Runner as a tow vehicle. I just grabbed a a tube from Tractor Supply, carried it to a local muffler shop and had them weld it to the front of the 4 Runner. I set the receiver off-center so that I could clearly see the left side of the trailer and the space between the trailer and the garage opening. If you put the hitch in the center of the car, you can't see anything and it doesn't help. It's not much of a hassle to rehitch considering the ease of backing the trailer into a very tight space.

It's a wonderful solution.
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I purchased a Bodiak front receiver hitch for my '06 GMC 2500. Ordered on Monday, arrived on Wednesday and installed on Thursday. Quality piece, good fit and easy installation. Price was right at $219 plus $24 for freight. Not often you get good value on US made goods. This one qualifies
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