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Old 08-06-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
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How many tries to get into a site

Up until the last trip out, I could honestly say I hadn't found a site I couldn't get backed into. Well that all changed.
Found a great campground, reserved a site.
Arrive, they show me the site on the map, and we head down to it. We are right on the lake, nice hill in front of us going down to the lake. Road is about 1.5 cars wide.
I think to myself this is going to be a little challenging, but I can do it.
Try 3 times to try and not hit the tree on one side, the power and water hook ups on the other and not put my truck down the hill into the lake.
After third try, guy next to us comes over and says he had trouble too, but he went around the loop and got it in trying from the other direction. Tell him thanks and sounds like a good idea.
Go around the loop, heading other direction now. First try, get within an couple inches of tree. STOP. Lets try this again. I can't really pull straight forward because of the hill heading down to the lake and other stuff.
After 20 minutes of back and forth, I am completely frustrated with myself. Most of the campground seems to have gotten a cold beverage and lawn chairs to watch. I go to the office and tell them I can't get in that site and see about another one. ONLY 30 or 50 amp site left. They offer to send a couple of their guys to help. Mumbling to myself going back to the site. Two NICE guys show up and suggest I pull in the grass between the sites so I can have a better turn radius. They proceed to move picnic tables etc.. for me.
I am thinking to myself, if I knew they wouldn't throw me out for driving on their grass, I would have done that!!!
Back in, two pull ups to straighten her out and life is good.
Just thought I would share. Looking back it HAD to be comical watching me trying to get into that site.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
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Other than the launch ramp at the lake not much beats watching people back in to an almost impossible site. As long as it's not me of course!
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:36 PM   #3
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1 hr 15 mins at Ft Wilderness trying to get in a treed, similar slot at Christmas. Would not ask for easier pad because we were jammed, 3 inch clearance and only option provided was leave campground, circle back and get into reception line for re entry! Really?! Gives the term MICKEY MOUSE true meaning! All about the $$$$$.
Finally got er in!! Out was a weee bit easier! Not by much!!
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:44 PM   #4
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1 hr 15 mins at Ft Wilderness trying to get in a treed, similar slot at Christmas. Would not ask for easier pad because we were jammed, 3 inch clearance and only option provided was leave campground, circle back and get into reception line for re entry! Really?! Gives the term MICKEY MOUSE true meaning! All about the $$$$$.
Finally got er in!! Out was a weee bit easier! Not by much!!
Ft Wilderness can be tricky!! We have been there several times. My trailer always seems to grow about 4 feet when I make the reservations, HOPING to get a site I can get into without too much trouble.
Last year, we watched a poor guy take 45 minutes to get out of his site with a BIG 5er. Didn't see him arrive, so no clue how long he struggled to get in.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:53 PM   #5
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Brother, you did ok. Lessons and all of that.

It comes with experience and some luck. I am new.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a camper pick the worst spot in the world to try. I offered to help spot for him. After screaming at him to stop. Another camper came over and we both pushed on the wall of his rig to keep it off of a tree, so he could pull forward to try again. We got him in. Never gonna do that again.

Did I mention that I was screaming at him? He had his windows up and the radio blasting.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:31 AM   #6
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That one does NOT sound like fun at all! What is really bad is when you have PLENTY of room on a large site with plenty of access and turning room and hardly anything in the way and.....it takes you 3 times to get into the site. It's happened to me twice, quite embarrassing. I just summed it up to I got lazy in my "backing plan" and it bit me in the butt! and of course I will "try" not to do that again!!
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:37 AM   #7
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Markb5900--was this campsite in Missouri? We go out every other weekend and the only place I seem to have trouble is at the state park on Stockton Lake. I can back the trailer just about anywhere but for some reason I struggle down there. First with my Windjammer and now with the Sabre fiver. Mine is probably mental!
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:09 AM   #8
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It happens. The worst situations I have encountered are when the CG roads and site paths change angle/elevation. Causes my combo to do all many of wonky things.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:16 PM   #9
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That one does NOT sound like fun at all! What is really bad is when you have PLENTY of room on a large site with plenty of access and turning room and hardly anything in the way and.....it takes you 3 times to get into the site. It's happened to me twice, quite embarrassing. I just summed it up to I got lazy in my "backing plan" and it bit me in the butt! and of course I will "try" not to do that again!!
This happened to me at Ocean Lakes in Surfside, south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Roads were so narrow and roadsides crowed with tow vehicles combined with the fact that I am not a professional truck driver made it next to impossible for me to get into a narrow site. Luckily for me, a professional truck driver parked the rig for me. I was able to get out on my own. We now stay at Ocean Breeze RV Park & Family Campground in Supply, NC, one mile from Holden Beach. The sites are 40ft wide and 79 ft long, most are drive through.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:51 PM   #10
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All about length and turning radius.... and when the park was built.
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