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Old 05-25-2015, 12:21 AM   #29
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Ah yes, satellite view is the ONLY view that really matters... well, other than "hybrid", which I use pretty much all the time. And, then again, things do change between when the sat photos were taken and the present! RV life presents some significant challenges at times, doesn't it!

We work through them, learn some things (hopefully), and the future goes ever so slightly smoother... or, it should, anyway.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:40 AM   #30
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Ah yes, satellite view is the ONLY view that really matters... well, other than "hybrid", which I use pretty much all the time. And, then again, things do change between when the sat photos were taken and the present! RV life presents some significant challenges at times, doesn't it!

We work through them, learn some things (hopefully), and the future goes ever so slightly smoother... or, it should, anyway.
That it does! Wish other drivers understood this...
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:15 PM   #31
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I didn't look at the video and didn't know it was Cannon Beach. Having stopped in Cannon Beach many times, I know to stay on the highway with the trailer and only go to the campground, unhitch and then drive somewhere. But everyone has to go their the first time. I know it is easy to miss the exit from the highway and get turned around and twisted inside out there trying to find the campground.

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Old 05-25-2015, 02:02 PM   #32
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:57 PM   #33
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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 05-26-2015, 07:35 AM   #34
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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.
Yeah. I got into a situation with my B190 while towing a car where I had similar problem, without the luxury of being able to back up. Not fun. I managed to get myself extricated without having to unhook everything, but I was almost at the point were I thought that was going to have to be the solution. I was able to back up the rig just far enough to make the turn and get out.

The reason I got into that mess? I got sloppy - I didn't have a GPS at the time, and I quickly looked at the directions, and just figured I'd know when to turn, etc. Bad idea. I missed one turn, so I had to make a U-turn (no problem, street was plenty wide there), only to learn later that I could've kept going and not had to U-turn. Then I missed a second turn and misjudged the place I decided to turn around in. I am now a lot more careful about route review. I always had been before, and never had a problem, so I think I just got overconfident. My lesson: Not only check out the route, but at least take a quick look at the potential alternates so you have an idea of the lay of the land in case something goes awry - the planned road could be closed for construction, an accident, or you just plain miss it.

There's a bridge by us that occasionally has major traffic accidents on it (it's actually two bridges - one two lanes, one three lanes, and neither direction has any shoulders), and any kind of serious accident tends to shut down one of the two bridges. For the people behind the accident who can't get through, they have the cars turn around and drive off in the reverse direction. Then, those of us who can't turn around would have to back off, potentially for several miles. I worry we'll be one of the ones that have to back off, which is better than being involved in the accident. I can do it - not saying how long it might take - but it's not something I want to experience. Then, of course, I'd be on the wrong side of the bay with a huge traffic jam to deal with, so even that wouldn't be a huge win.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:47 AM   #35
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True confession

OK, this looks like it is about our admitting the errors of our ways. And, not being out of the loop, several years ago with my 44' moho, plus 3' of motorcycle on the rear, I pulled into a driveway about 50' wide, but with a 12' median with small turn arounds very so often.

The gate was closed to where I intended to go, so, carefully, backing to and fro, I got the moho turned around and got out of the place. One nice thing about some of the big moos is the 55 cut of the steer wheels, making things like the above possible.

Somehow I am learning...slowly.
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I'm thinking it's a lot easier to jockey a 44' motorhome (without toad on the back) around than to jockey a 30' Airstream around. Their big and they don't bend in the middle, but they handle surprisingly well, especially in 3-, 4-, and 5-point turn arounds. I will find out when my AS arrives in July.
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I'm thinking it's a lot easier to jockey a 44' motorhome (without toad on the back) around than to jockey a 30' Airstream around. Their big and they don't bend in the middle, but they handle surprisingly well, especially in 3-, 4-, and 5-point turn arounds. I will find out when my AS arrives in July.

Depends on the wheel cut.

Some tricky situations with a tractor-trailer are easier than with a straight truck. But not in general.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:42 PM   #38
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A person might be surprised where a big vehicle can get into when it is necessary.
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And that folks is another reason I have an Interstate! That could/would be me.
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The solution is to get our the chain saw with a carbide tipped chain and cut the trailer in half, then out some locks on one side and a hinge on the other—presto, an articulated trailer. I would cut between the bedroom and shower/bath rooms or between the main part of the cabin and shower and bath. I guess I need another axle at the rear too. It could work for a MH too. I'll put that on my schedule for 2025.

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Good heavens, there are enough people standing around, why don't they just disconnect and push it in?.....
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Good heavens, there are enough people standing around, why don't they just disconnect and push it in?.....

Cause the price of beer and fried chicken would double the ground rent cost. And then they'd be asking to use your bathroom. And opening all the cabinets on the way out. And you'd get tired of hearing that they thought these weren't being built any more. And that it was nice but sure could use a slide out. Etc.
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