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Old 02-13-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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“Help” Backing In.

I don’t mean to come off like an ungrateful jerk but I would like to ask a favor of RV/Campground Owners/Employees. I appreciate being escorted to my space on arrival but could you please ask if I need assistance backing in before jumping out of your golf cart waving and barking directions? Over the years (After many sharp exchanges and subsequent silent treatments) my wife and I have become a pretty good team when it comes to maneuvering our TT. Twice this year I have had RV park employees become almost hostile because I couldn’t understand/hear what the hell they were saying or decipher their hand signals. Please ask if I need help and then respond accordingly. That way we can avoid any sharp exchanges and/or hard feelings. Anyone else have similar experiences? Thanks for indulging my rant.

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Old 02-13-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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I'm with ya!

I'm by no means an "expert" at backing a trailer, but I DO know my rig's quirks and limitations (as well as my own...). The couple of times I had "help", I couldn't understand what the guy was trying to tell me, and what I did understand really seemed counter to my regular methods. The "help" in both cases made the process take longer than what I could've done without it! And was a source of not a little irritation.

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Old 02-13-2019, 10:31 AM   #3
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A better thing for them to do would be to ask if help is needed.

Last year I was led to my campsite by the golf cart to a pull-through site and the guy insisted on helping me position my 5'ver in just the right spot.

I tried to tell him "I got this!", but he wouldn't listen and where he kept telling me to stop was not where I wanted to park.

I finally just let him believe that was where I was going to leave the camper so he would leave...then I positioned the 5'ver right how I wanted it.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:37 AM   #4
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The flip side is the often DO know exactly how to maneuver in to problem sites. The last 'unwanted' help I got put me in between the rock just fine.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:43 AM   #5
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I suspect most campground employees are "waving and barking" (if that is how YOU interpret it) because they've seen their share of "I know how to maneuver my R/V" people wreck things. Over the years I've seen husband/wife teams back over pedestals, back onto and bust sewer connections, knock off site lighting, run off the site pad, you name it.

I would guess the park owners are simply trying to protect their investment and at the same time provide some direction to those that need it.

If you are confidant you need no help, simply get out of the vehicle explaining to whomever, you and your DW have a system and let them know they are more than happy to watch over their investment but please let the two of you do your thing.

If the issue is more of someone watching over your shoulder... get over that because everyone 10 campers up and everyone 10 campers down on both sides of the road are watching, whether you see them or not.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:00 AM   #6
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Reminds me of the backing scene in the movie. "The Long, Long Trailer" with Desi and Lucy...circa 1954.
And if it looks like you are having trouble backing, rest assured it will be posted on You Tube by an onlooker.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:07 AM   #7
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Why do you assume it's up to them to ask if you need, or don't need help, backing? You do have a voice.

I welcome advice on backing into difficult spots. They have more knowledge about this campground than I do!

That being said, I will talk to them about suggestions and then let them know that Liz and I will get it from there. Sometimes they get the hint, sometimes they hang around to watch. Either way, I only listen to Liz while backing. Easy.

If you go in with a negative, confrontational attitude, it will never go well.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:18 AM   #8
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We had a campground owner in VA. try that with us. The sites had a wooden deck to park next to / step out onto from the camper. We arrived late in the day, nearly sunset, and he directed me next to the deck. Problem was the height of the deck in relationship to our folding step. The deck was to low to not use the steps yet to high to be able to use the steps where he had directed us to park. I got out and told him I wasn't happy with the position of the camper and that I /we would handle the repositioning of our rig. Now it is usually nice to have a solid surface to walk on before going into the camper to keep dirt from getting into the camper, BUT it rained most of the time we were there and the deck wood became slick from the blowing rain and I ended up pulling my hamstring the next morning while trying to finish setting up our site. And this was at the beginning of our 8 week trip, sure put a damper on getting around for the first couple of weeks. Since that episode, we haven't had any "outside" help directing us into our sites and we never hit anything backing into our various campsites either.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:31 AM   #9
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I usually only get this kind of help when staying at a KOA. I have appreciated their help sometimes, others not so much. but if i feel that they are putting me in a place i dont want to be, i will ask where they are trying to put me, and tell them where i want to be. nicely explain where your hookups are, they may not know/have seen them. above all, they are people too. most will work with you if you two talk about it for 30 seconds. i like two sets of eyes helping me at times, but i will always take my wifes commands over the owners if they are flailing their arms.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:42 AM   #10
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The worst experience I had was a Rally at Goshen backing into Draft Horse. Guy was telling mr to keep coming but I knew about the tree and 13 ft 3 inch height. I stopped, got out, said we have it from here while pointing at the tree.

This was not a Frog Rally

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