On Thursday, one of the docs I work with gave me free tickets to Tweetsie Railroad in Boone, NC. We decided to make a last minute camping trip out of it since Boone is almost 3 hours from home. I called Thursday night and made reservations at Flintlock Campground in Boone. The guy asked me 3 times about the length of my fiver. Each time I responded 40 feet with 4 slides.
Due to getting out of work late and then hitting some bad traffic we didn't get there until around 9 pm. Luckily the office was still open. We barely navigate the tight loop around all the cars halfway in the road to our site. Take one look at what I need to do to get into a very narrow site and tell DH, "I'm not sure I can get it in there". He thinks I can so I begin to try. The site is on my right. I had to back around a car halfway in the road on the right and make it past a fiver with a pin box near the road on the left. The site had a fire pit in the front on the passenger site and a tree in the front on the driver's side. After several attempts, I begin to get into a tight situation and people come out of the woodwork to help. It is now dark, I have to fold my mirrors in to avoid hitting the fiver after I pulled into their site to get a better angle, I can't see anything and I'm sinking in the soft ground. After about 30 min, several ruts, and, a ton of embarrassment I manage to at least get out of being jammed up with the truck between 2 fivers and the trailer near the tree and pulling out barely missing the car.
The host found me another site that he wasn't sure would work either. It was marked for a 37' rig and is supposed to be a seasonal site. We walk down to look at it and agree to try. After 1 attempt to get around a truck on one side of my site, a car trailer on the other side of my site and a jeep across the way, the jeep owner moves his jeep. One more attempt plus a straighten out once in and I had redeemed myself. I managed to hang the rear of the fiver over the edge a bit and fit. We just parked the truck by the office instead. I was very frustrated and tired but extremely thankful to everyone who tried to help even if they were telling me conflicting things and making the situation worse. So if any forum members were there, sorry if we were loud despite using phones instead of yelling (we forgot our walkie talkies) and sorry the diesel was running so long, but at least I had my lights off and provided some good entertainment for the night!
Leaving I only had a few inches to spare on each side to get around vehicles but made it happen. Pulling out was also tough as it was a very steep hill out of the campground and on to a busy mountain road. Very glad to have diesel power to get that 12000 lb fiver moving.
On the plus side, we ended up with a creekside site and got to listen to the rushing mountain stream all weekend. Very peaceful. Also everyone in the place was soooo nice including the staff. I think we gave the wrong 1st impression being so frustrated but I promise, it was just one of those bad nights for us, especially since the AC inv the truck went on the Fritz on Friday and so we were hot and tired to begin with. We came home today on a uneventful trip home with Tuffy (my truck) doing a good job handling the 4.5 mile 8% downgrade like a champ. No worries, no tense moments, just a diesel engine and exhaust break doing what it was meant to do.