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Old 05-24-2015, 11:59 AM   #15
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I've had to turn around a couple of times (we won't discuss the reasons why), and have backed the trailer onto a farmers turn row to do it.


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Old 05-24-2015, 12:46 PM   #16
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LOL --- oh boy, I love todays technology, I can only imagine what it was like in the 50's.

I suppose also there would absolutely no way to turn an airstream around by hand. The only recourse would be to back from where you came.

I had a buddy tell me a story about a friend in a motorhome, on a tight two lane road, who came to a bridge too low for him to fit under.

A police officer had to reverse the motorhome 4 miles in the oncoming traffic lane to get him out of it. OUCH.

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Old 05-24-2015, 12:47 PM   #17
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:55 PM   #18
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Oh.. no no no no

I've had to back 18-wheelers several miles on narrow roads. Paved and Unpaved. Curves and trees. Even less fun than an RV. That was the only way in to some places. Can't tell you how many times I have had to stop and roll forward to re center rig on road. Always best in the dark with a light rain. Some guys are natural at it and I'm not. As that is known, it's no longer an impediment.

And I've had to drop a loaded trailer as a new driver when I drove into a place in which I couldn't turn around. Thankfully it was on concrete. Otherwise a wrecker would have been necessary.
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #19
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:55 PM   #20
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to BOTH videos.

My wife and I ALWAYS travel with all three Austin Powers Movies, PERIOD.

And Desi was doing so good... lol What a great show that was. I wish they built houses and people had yards like that anymore.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:53 PM   #21
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I'm glad I have a front hitch on the truck—it could come in handy for the day when I find myself where I can't turn around, plus because of mystical forces, it makes it impossible for me to ever get myself in that situation.

Once Barb wanted to see what the ski area at Sun Valley looked like, so we thought we were on the right road, but it just went on and on, so I backed into a narrow little road and managed to get turned around—that was early in our trailer travels so it was new. Even earlier—first weeks we had a trailer—I pulled into an Arizona gas station before we crossed into Cal. with its high prices, but it didn't seem there was room to pull forward. Cars were lined up at every pump, all wanting to get less expensive gas. I had to back out between cars and the faces of the drivers as I slowly backed onto the road were fun to watch because they all looked like they were at a horror movie. In a town near Banff, the only gas we could find was in a small station on a busy, narrow street. I could get to the pump, but not beyond it, so I had to squeeze backwards between a dumpster that looked larger than was possible and cars waiting for gas and then across both lanes of the street to get turned the right way. I couldn't have done it without Barb stopping traffic and keeping me aware of where the trailer was.

I've had campsites that it took me forever to get into because I was tired and hadn't done a lot of backing for a while. One in Cody, Wyo., went very well until I realized I was in the wrong one, then it took me forever to move over to the next one (there were no barriers between them). And my driveway has not quite enough room to turn around and back into the space next to the garage. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, sometimes 20. I'd have to move a couple of dump trucks worth of dirt to make it easier.

We've been stuck behind accidents where there were only narrow, bad driveways to turn around. In central BC the road was blocked and a cop told everyone waiting the investigator wouldn't get there until the next day. The road would remain closed. After a very long wait, someone figured out how to get around it via a bunch of dirt roads. The dust made it hard to see more than 10 or 15 feet past the hood. Everyone was driving too fast and too close together because we were now hours late. I wodnered when the guys coming the other way would show up and someone would start a massive pile up, but we got most of the way back to the highway before opposing traffic showed up. Somehow, no accidents. In recent years cops close roads for hours and hours to investigate and many, many people are stuck—especially in places like Colorado and BC where there are few alternatives. On an interstate it can be impossible to turn around with a trailer.

But my greatest fears are the dead end, or worse, the road that turns out to be the wrong one and gets narrower and narrower and there is no place to turn. It becomes dirt and then it starts hailing and the road is getting muddy … and slippery. On one side is a 100' sheer drop, no trees to stop you and a raging river undermining the embankment you are on. Hopefully I'll have wifi there so I can put the rig up for sale, you pick it up.

Somehow, I've never backed into anything. I know it has to happen if I back up enough times.

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Old 05-24-2015, 05:44 PM   #22
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I check every gas station on google earth before considering using it. I feel for that guy.
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:54 PM   #23
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I wonder what he had to say about the GPS that sent him that way?
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:04 PM   #24
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I know that street in Cannon Beach... a lot of them dead end at the beach just like that one. Guy must have been new to Cannon Beach and paid a bit of a price for not doing his homework.

Like many of you, we use Apple Maps and Google Earth constantly to actually SEE what we might be dealing with.

Once while trying to enter a campground with out 44' diesel pusher, towing a Chevy Avalanche, we took a wrong turn down a one lane drive that dead ended. Of course, you can't back up while towing a vehicle behind a motorhome. So, I detached the Avalanche and backed the coach out of there. Fortunately, there wasn't an audience and there were no other cars to deal with. I sure feel sorry for folks when there is traffic and onlookers to deal with. NOT fun. It is more than worth it to do your homework before proceeding down a questionable road.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:48 PM   #25
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Once while trying to enter a campground with out 44' diesel pusher, towing a Chevy Avalanche, we took a wrong turn down a one lane drive that dead ended. Of course, you can't back up while towing a vehicle behind a motorhome. So, I detached the Avalanche and backed the coach out of there.
I've had to do that with my Airstream Interstate pulling a toad. Having to unhitch to turn around wasn't embarrassing at all. Missing my turn and ending up at the dead end in the first place was a lot more embarrassing than having to turn around.

As for the guy in the video, the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." That's wrong. If you keep trying the same thing over and over, you will get the same results over and over. That's the cornerstone of all science and anyone who has taken high school physics or chemistry should know it. The saying should be, "If at first you don't succeed, try something else."
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:00 PM   #26
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"The saying should be, "If at first you don't succeed, try something else."" Very true.

I wondered why he didn't back into that driveway that he pulled into. Maybe there was something there that would have prevented him from backing in very far, but it would have been worth a try.

The bigger question, though, is why he tried driving there with a trailer in the first place.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:25 PM   #27
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The reason the flashers work on the trailer was so I could back up a quarter mile on a one lane for a missed turn......

On 8 May, 2015, I was returning from Paradise, TX on two laned Highway 380 in West Texas. It looked bad ahead (totally black at 4:30p with rolling clouds), the cell phone suddenly announced a tornado alert and to seek shelter and suddenly the storm chasers came speeding towards me and said to turn around, a tornado was coming. It was not a wide road, but I managed to get turned around and beat feet east bound.

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Old 05-24-2015, 07:45 PM   #28
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holy cowsers lol... i guess we've all been through a little here and there.

We took a wrong turn in our 40' moho, with car attached. Google maps LOOKED like it should have been a real road, that connected to another, that would have made a loop for us, BUT once we turned on it, there was a sharpish incline, then the road became dirt, then narrower dirt, then a low hanging overhead power line. SHOOT

I couldn't get that car off for anything in the world. It was bound up tight on the incline, and I had no where to go. I spent 40 minutes pushing the car forward back, , turning the wheel..... it was terrible..... suddenly the claws just gave loose, and off it went. youch... that's when we learned to turn on "satellite view"

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