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Old 07-10-2020, 09:36 AM   #1
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I Avoid Pull Throughs

When I first got my 25’ trailer seven years ago I though that pull throughs in RV Parks were the cats meow. Just drive straight in, no backing up, what’s not to like?

I have learned that many times that life in the site is what’s not to like. My wife and I, like most Airstreamers I think, spill to the outside when we sat up a site. Down goes the large ground cover on the curb side under the fully open awning. Out come the lounge chairs, the sitting chairs and the tables. Out comes the grill with its table. The antique tablecloth is put on the picnic table, topped by a huge fresh arrangement of flowers.

The problem is that the pull through sites normally are pretty narrow. I suspect that’s because they’re favored by owners of big rigs who typically don’t seem to have much setup outside. My observation is they tend to prefer to spend their time inside their rigs.

So, it gets a bit crowded for those of us who prefer to spend most of our time outside and sat things up for that. On more than one occasion I’ve found myself sitting next to our neighbors sewer outlet. Plus of course, if you’re unlucky enough to have big rigs on both sides, you find yourself in a narrow dark canyon.

And you usually pay more for a pull through!

So, when in a commercial park, the rule is outside back in sites whenever possible. The good thing is that they usually are in the perimeter as the pull throughs are usually in the middle.

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Old 07-10-2020, 09:46 AM   #2
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I concur 100%! We have a smaller trailer so we always feel dwarfed by the big rigs in pull-throughs.

When we do park in commercial campgrounds, we prefer the perimeter sites as well - those are the ones that are more likely to back-up to a view, have quirky shapes & more space, fewer street lights, less drive-by traffic and are quieter. Shh...don't tell everybody!

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Old 07-10-2020, 09:50 AM   #3
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I agree except on a one night quick stop. Coming in late in the afternoon, leaving first thing in the morning, I do prefer a pull-through for the simplicity. Never disconnect, sometimes don't even connect water and sewer.
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I agree except on a one night quick stop. Coming in late in the afternoon, leaving first thing in the morning, I do prefer a pull-through for the simplicity. Never disconnect, sometimes don't even connect water and sewer.
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True...quick get away for those one-night-stands!

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Agreed: one nighters = flat pull through. Anything else (in order of priority) : back in, sunny (if no hook up site-we have solar), far from garbage bins, perimeter site, close to water spigot (if no hook up site), far from bath/shower houses and slamming doors, non generator loop. - Brad
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How is a “back in” site any slower for a quick get-away in the morning?

If one doesn’t hook-up... and backs-in... doesn’t one still just “pull out” when one leaves?

The only time a pull-thru is more convenient is when the back-ins are too short to allow staying hitched.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:51 AM   #7
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The day I picked up my first Airstream (1986 31’ Sovereign) I pulled into O’Leno State Park in Florida (on the way from Tallahassee to Miami). The trailer had some noticeable dents on all four corners and the Ranger checking us in took one look at those and assigned us a pull-through site. Guess he was fond of his trees...
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How is a “back in” site any slower for a quick get-away in the morning?

If one doesn’t hook-up... and backs-in... doesn’t one still just “pull out” when one leaves?

The only time a pull-thru is more convenient is when the back-ins are too short to allow staying hitched.
On the west coast (painting wit a wide brush here) state parks and national parks are often older parks with small-ish or repurposed tent sites. Two of these old sites will be combined on the inside of the loop to make a pull through. Pull throughs are almost always on thee inside of the loop.

In my experience having to unhook is the norm
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How is a “back in” site any slower for a quick get-away in the morning?

If one doesn’t hook-up... and backs-in... doesn’t one still just “pull out” when one leaves?

The only time a pull-thru is more convenient is when the back-ins are too short to allow staying hitched.
You are right, mostly. It is the getting in to the site in the late afternoon when all you want is an adult beverage and dinner. Some locations very easy indeed. Others require more concentration than I am willing to provide for a quick overnighter, if I can get a pull-through.
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How is a “back in” site any slower for a quick get-away in the morning?
For me, it's not so much a quick get-away in the morning - it's the hassle of backing into a site, in the dark, by myself when I'm tired after a long day's travel. Because we are both still working, I often have the travel days by myself and my husband meets me at the final destination or at home.

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My experience has been that pull trough sites are frequently better sites: more level, long enough to I don't have to unhitch and not any more crowded that back-in sites.
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My experience has been that pull trough sites are frequently better sites: more level, long enough to I don't have to unhitch and not any more crowded that back-in sites.
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Pull throughs are preferred for me when doing an overnight. The biggest reason is that many times the back in site may not be deep enough to allow my van and my 30' Classic to stay connected overnight or within two or three feet, which allows easy reconnect.

The pull throughs are usually longer and easily accommodate staying hitched up without either my van or the trailer end hanging into the road. I also find in many cases that the pull throughs are much busier and at a destination campground I don't want traffic passing in front and behind me. So when in a destination campground I stay away from the pull throughs.

Typically when I reserve a site at a destination that will not allow me choice of a specific site, I'll inform then that I would prefer a back in site. I find in many cases that when requesting an overnight, most campgrounds will try to make it easy for me and will assign me a pull through.

Typically I try to use KOA's close to the highway which I am traveling on for my overnight stops. They typically have an abundance of pull throughs.

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Ditto:
Pull thru's for quick overnight stay hitched stops.
Shaded back in's for views, privacy, and more tree's.
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On two occasions I was assigned a pull thru when I didn’t particularly care... and both times turned out badly... they were clearly most-used by big-rigs... and right in the middle of the site were long-existing oil/grease deposits from engines/transmissions/axles.... and it was irritating in the dark to find we were tracking that stuff into our Airstream and TV and had it on our shoes.
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On the subject of pull-thoughs
I saw this on the LoLoHo videos.

In some national parks, like Yellowstone, there are a lot of trees that line the sites pretty close to the blacktop pad.

Remember that your trailer is wider than the tow vehicle.

You might find yourself in a situation where you have pulled into a sight, and then when you leave, you are situated so that you can't get out without the trailer hitting tree limbs. Which would have you wedged in and maybe trying to back out and not damage your rig.

The tip is to BACK INTO the pull through site. Then unhitch and park behind the trailer. Now you KNOW you can pull out unscathed.

We have used this tip a lot.
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We're aspiring Airstream owners and currently have an 18' teardrop. Our smaller size allows us to fit in smaller spaces, so backing in doesn't usually pose a problem per se.

We look for shady spots that have some kind of unique feature - lots of trees, no sites directly across the road, fire ring and picnic table that are set back into the woods, etc. We're not anti-social by any means, but that little bit of privacy and isolation feels cozy.

Pull-through sites as you said are usually narrower, and they tend to be more open on the sides which lends more of an RV park feel than a state park feel (nothing against RV parks, just not my preference). They also land you on a spot that by design has a road in front of you and in back of you, so there's the potential for more drive-by traffic every day at check-in time.
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When I first got my 25’ trailer seven years ago I though that pull throughs in RV Parks were the cats meow. Just drive straight in, no backing up, what’s not to like?

I have learned that many times that life in the site is what’s not to like. My wife and I, like most Airstreamers I think, spill to the outside when we sat up a site. Down goes the large ground cover on the curb side under the fully open awning. Out come the lounge chairs, the sitting chairs and the tables. Out comes the grill with its table. The antique tablecloth is put on the picnic table, topped by a huge fresh arrangement of flowers.

The problem is that the pull through sites normally are pretty narrow. I suspect that’s because they’re favored by owners of big rigs who typically don’t seem to have much setup outside. My observation is they tend to prefer to spend their time inside their rigs.

So, it gets a bit crowded for those of us who prefer to spend most of our time outside and sat things up for that. On more than one occasion I’ve found myself sitting next to our neighbors sewer outlet. Plus of course, if you’re unlucky enough to have big rigs on both sides, you find yourself in a narrow dark canyon.

And you usually pay more for a pull through!

So, when in a commercial park, the rule is outside back in sites whenever possible. The good thing is that they usually are in the perimeter as the pull throughs are usually in the middle.

Cheers,
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Pull through sites are generally kept open for overnight stays. It is why they are narrower. Obviously if the Park is full and the only sites still open are pull through sites that's what you have to deal with.
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We tend to go with a pull-through site if we can get one. we do a lot of one-nighters on our long trips. Many times back-in sites to not have sufficient length to remain hooked-up.

We are more Airstream travelers than we are Airstream campers. Our travel routine is to camp at a campground, and spend our time touring the area. We rarely hang out at the campground. We most often return to Lucy after dark and hunker-in for the night.

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