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Old 05-25-2016, 08:56 AM   #61
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But the best way we have found to make friends is with our 12 -15 serving Dutch oven peach cobbler recipe, since there are only 2 of us and it would be a shame to waste all that cobbler and the ice cream, too.

My line is "Could you help us out with a problem we're having over here?"
Invariably the answer is "Sure, what can we do to help?"
And my answer, "Well, it seems we have way too much peach cobbler and ice cream on our hands...."

I'm gonna need a copy of your camping schedule for 2016...

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Old 05-25-2016, 10:02 AM   #63
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Last summer we were sitting under our awning as a couple walked by with there 2 little dogs,,, they stopped and he said,,, Permission to Enter !!! LOL !!!
There were from Alaska,,, we talked for at least an hour !!!
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My neighbor and I were both closing up. His tongue jack collapsed. He didn't have any tools with him so I went over and offered him help. He gave me a dirty look so I left. Little later I went back and he accepted. We got him hooked up and ready to go. He asked what he could give me for helping and I told him nothing. I then told him to help the next person he saw having trouble.


He looked at me and said I would have never thought of that, but will next time. So I was a little late getting out, no big deal. It felt good to help a stranger. I hear from him from time to time. Hope to see him later this summer.


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Old 05-25-2016, 10:22 AM   #65
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Running over while your neighbor is trying to set up is a sure way to get a cold reception, I have found.

Waiting until things slow down and popping over with a cold beer or soda cooler seems to be a sure friend maker.
No kidding, especially from me. I hate it when people do that. Wife and I have a system and we take our time, both when hooking up and when unhooking.

Hooking up-had a guy run over and start to try and direct me, I didn't trust him, plus he was blocking my backup camera and putting himself in danger. Turned out what he really wanted was to find out where I bought the armaflex I used on my heat traced city water hose.

Unhooking-I was having trouble getting the hitch to release, guy runs over and says "you do it like this" and starts jumping up and down on my dam bumper. I said Get off my truck, I've done this before. Idiot. My hitch is a little hard to release at times, I've learned how to get it loose, how a stranger thinks he's knows more about it than me is beyond my comprehension.

I would never consider helping someone in those situations unless they were already friends or if they asked. If they're getting ready to back into a tree or something I might yell Stop. I just sit there, drink my drink and watch. Maybe I'll learn something. The wife-husband interactions are really quite entertaining.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:27 AM   #66
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Lots of stuff here makes sense.

Wasn't going to tell this, but I will.......... last camping trip (last summer, actually, sadly!)....I fell going down the trailer steps. Gravel pad. I had blood all over me and I was about knocked out. DW and grandson were gone for a while swimming. I just lay there.

Some guy across finally saw me, and came to help. I was danged glad he 'intruded' at that point. I apparently passed out a bit, here and there, hit my head on the awning support (a daily occurrence in that trailer!). He helped me get cleaned up and I was ok after a few minutes. But I was glad he was around and intervened.

And I am so inept at most things that I usually am glad for any advice. Some day, I might get good at this..........(doubtful, but always possible!!!)...........and not need advice. Now, I appreciate it.....if you're not a Goober. If you're a Goober and know less than I do, we can just sit around and laugh and drink until a Non-Goober comes along to help us both!!
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No kidding, especially from me. I hate it when people do that. Wife and I have a system and we take our time, both when hooking up and when unhooking.

Hooking up-had a guy run over and start to try and direct me, I didn't trust him, plus he was blocking my backup camera and putting himself in danger. Turned out what he really wanted was to find out where I bought the armaflex I used on my heat traced city water hose.

Unhooking-I was having trouble getting the hitch to release, guy runs over and says "you do it like this" and starts jumping up and down on my dam bumper. I said Get off my truck, I've done this before. Idiot. My hitch is a little hard to release at times, I've learned how to get it loose, how a stranger thinks he's knows more about it than me is beyond my comprehension.

I would never consider helping someone in those situations unless they were already friends or if they asked. If they're getting ready to back into a tree or something I might yell Stop. I just sit there, drink my drink and watch. Maybe I'll learn something. The wife-husband interactions are really quite entertaining.
I would never jump in like that but might offer a hand. You say no that's fine, I understand. But it never hurts to offer if someone is having a problem. I wish someone had yelled when I dented my tailgate. It was my first 5er and had forgot to lower my gate when hooking up. Won't make that mistake again. You never know when someone is new at what they are doing. An offer doesn't hurt. They say no thanks then leave them alone.

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I would never jump in like that but might offer a hand. You say no that's fine, I understand. But it never hurts to offer if someone is having a problem. I wish someone had yelled when I dented my tailgate. It was my first 5er and had forgot to lower my gate when hooking up. Won't make that mistake again. You never know when someone is new at what they are doing. An offer doesn't hurt. They say no thanks then leave them alone.
Agreed. There's a difference between offering to help and intruding. KingFisher described intrusions.

Offers to help- my first time backing the fifth wheel up and I was terrified. I had pulled forward about the time an old guy was walking past- I must have that look on my face and he gently said, "if it were me, I'd pull a little more forward" and barely broke is stride walking. I did what he suggested and it definitely seemed to help.

That same trip, we were hitching up for the first time on our own. I had my iPad out with the B&W hitching instructions and we were going super slowly (do a step, check the directions, and verify it). A neighbor a couple of sites up walked down and asked if we were OK? and said that we were going really slow. I thanked him and said we were intentionally going so slow so that we were certain of each step. He made a quick mention of something that might help, turned and said "hollar if you need anything".

As I said, there's offering help and then there's intruding. I now commonly offer help, if they say no- then that's it and we're done. If they're short or cross, then they're likely having a rough day and don't want a looky-loo.

I also have never subscribed to the concept of watching my neighbors. I'll do my thing but I don't sit and stare- I wouldn't want it done of me and I won't do it to them.
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I have never met a stranger so I now have many friends.

A friendly smile & wave as you pass by, an offer to help guide a new camper into their spot, hold a flashlight if your neighbor comes in at dark, offer assistance if you see what appears to be camper repair in work, and then knowing when you are not welcomed at that particular time is all part of being a good camper.

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We lived on Cape Cod [Barnstable and Falmouth Harbour for 18 months, the worst and longest 18 months of our lives. They equate a southern accent with ignorance. Being from Georgia, it was tough at best. My wife and our daughter both graduated Summa cum Laude from U of Georgia and I'm a retired commercial pilot, so none of us are dumb. They sure treated us as if we were. It isn't on our bucket list of places to return.
They are that way even if you are from the north. If you are not from there well, you know what I mean!

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