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Old 06-14-2013, 05:14 AM   #1
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Challenging Camp Sites

My adventures with Rooby, our Roo 233s never end. This trip to West Branch State Park in Ravenna, Ohio presented a challenge of how to fit a camper on a 40 ft x 10 ft pad with trees lining both sides of it. The trees required me to make a decision, either the slide stays in or the awning doesn't get extended.

Thanks to Herk, I remembered I had a tape measure in my over stuffed tool box. I figured out that if i backed in all the way to the cement parking barrier i would have about a half foot of clearance between the slide and the tree.

Success!!! Backed it in perfectly, with room for the slide, the fold out bed and I was even able to extend the awning a little.

Here's the outcome. It's site 19 and it has a great view and access to the lake. Fun times ahead this weekend. We rented a boat and I will be teaching the kids how to ski.

Thought it might be fun to start this thread and encourage others to share some of their camp site challenges too.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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I can't find the photo of my most challenging site but this is a picture of my second most challenging site. I had to position the fifth wheel so that the tree on the driver's side was between the main slideout and the bedroom slideout. I couldn't use my awning because of the tree on the other side of the trailer.

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Now that I have the Silverback with opposing slideouts I wouldn't be able to use that particular site at all. The trailer is 14 feet wide with the slides out.

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Old 06-14-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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What a GREAT name for your camper! I wanted to name our Solera Solly - but SWMBO said it was neither male or Jewish!

When I first looked at the pic, I thought - hey, they need to level that thing up! Then I looked a second time - the pic is skewed. Somewhere on my computer is a pic of my backing our old DP into a similar situation - left 1" clearance next to a tree on the street side so I could extend the awning on curb side.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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We have one like that. It fits better now that they moved the dumpster. I used to have to back in.

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Old 06-14-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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I haven't really encountered any 'challenging' sites yet but some with a greater degree of difficulty to maneuver. This particular, cul de sac, site required me to back the rig about 800' on a narrow road way lined with trees, campers, kids and dogs. Once I made the final turn it was smooth sailing. Oh, the obligatory spruce tree near the slideout was strategically positioned to make things a little more difficult. All worth it in the end though. It is one of the nicest campgrounds around on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Site 7 at Rissers Beach Provincial Park for those interested and know the area.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #6
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This particular site proved to be my most challenging. Not because of the degree of difficulty maneuving around obstacles, but because when we arrived it had rained heavy for a few days and the grassy field was wet and muddy. I sunk to the four axles on the truck and camper. Luckily, it was an incline and I had to put the truck into 4 low to get it out. The truck and camper looked like I had been mudding. The picture shows the site on another weekend. I didn't get any pics of the mud. I just wanted to get out of there fast. I was beginning to draw an audience. I moved to another site. My wife got out to position me and when I jumped out of the truck to verify the final position, Lily, our little yorkie, locks the door of the truck. Road side assistance was called. It was a wet and memorable weekend. This is site 59 of another beautiful Provincial Park (Graves Island). Booked there for tonight. can't wait to leave work. Lobsters may be on the menu. $5.77 /lb at Sobeys.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
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Sadly, it's me that puts the challenge into my campsites and not them, specifically.
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This particular site proved to be my most challenging. Not because of the degree of difficulty maneuving around obstacles, but because when we arrived it had rained heavy for a few days and the grassy field was wet and muddy. I sunk to the four axles on the truck and camper. Luckily, it was an incline and I had to put the truck into 4 low to get it out. The truck and camper looked like I had been mudding. The picture shows the site on another weekend. I didn't get any pics of the mud. I just wanted to get out of there fast. I was beginning to draw an audience. I moved to another site. My wife got out to position me and when I jumped out of the truck to verify the final position, Lily, our little yorkie, locks the door of the truck. Road side assistance was called. It was a wet and memorable weekend. This is site 59 of another beautiful Provincial Park (Graves Island). Booked there for tonight. can't wait to leave work. Lobsters may be on the menu. $5.77 /lb at Sobeys.
Getting stuck to the axles and being able to get out on your own, that is impressive. Good for you.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:54 AM   #9
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I'll take the trees any day & save the awning for another camping trip.
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