Originally Posted by poofam
My day job is pulling a 53' x 102 wide so I have learned to plan entry and set myself up for exit. I am NOT criticizing just suggesting GOAL (get out and look) If I have doubts that's what I do. I'm just happy it has worked out for you.
Good info. Of course you are a pro. Probably even have a CDL. Weekend haulers are a different breed. In our case, it was dark, it was brutally cold, the DW was sick and didn't want to get out, the RV lane was mismarked, 6 other RV'ers had hit the same pump in the last 12 months, it took a professional driver to get us off the pump and the service plaza had to be cleared of parked cars. In short, rigs our size do not belong in Flying J RV islands. Truck stops are a no brainer.
I have also figured out that a semi is all different. The trailer wheels are at the back of the trailer. Negotiating a turn requires most of the clearance to be on the side of the turn. A travel trailer has a huge rear overhang behind the trailer wheel set. As I learned the hard way, that also has to be accounted for. At least I kept the repair cost below my deductible.
I took a huge amount of heckling when I arrived at my winter campground. Especially from some Cedar Creek owners. Best part was when a guy's DW came over and said, "he didn't tell you he tore the roof off our new 36CKTS on a tree limb over our driveway coming home from purchasing it. $7000 worth of damage."