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Old 03-11-2017, 10:12 PM   #1
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Backing in 36'6" camper

I just got a new Grey Wolf 29TE today. I really did not think about how long it is 36'6" until I looked at it hooked to my truck. My question is do you all think it is a problem to back in this size RV at most camp grounds? I had problems with my much smaller one in certain spots. Any recommendations on how I can ensure I can easily maneuver into camps sites? Should I call before booking and ask about ease of backing in? Thanks for feedback
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:22 PM   #2
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Most commercial RV parks should be OK. I had a 34'6" Windjammer and would always check the RV Park Reviews site to see if the park was big rig friendly and most were. State parks here in Florida were always a concern but the reservations site usually gave specifics for each site (max length and width). I would always try to get one that was at least 16 feet wide and check the site photos to make sure there were no obstructions near the front that would limit backing in.
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:26 PM   #3
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ease of backing in is up to the driver, not the person who answers your call. I've witnessed people fail to put a 18 foot camper where I can easily put a 36 footer.
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Be sure it accommodates the size, then take your time. We've all been there, and will only laugh at you when you fall in a ditch. Then help you get out of that same ditch.
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Practice in empty parking lots. Set up cones to mark location of other campsites, vehicles, trees etc. The more you practice the easier it gets. Also do the scoop through the top of the site. Remember to finish the scoop with your truck on the same side of the road your site is on. Staying closer to that site will give you more room when cutting into the site. Using walkie talkies with your ground guide is a great tool. It works even when you don't have cell service. We use passenger side, drivers side and he tells me when I'm close to a tree or other objects.

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I've witnessed people fail to put a 18 foot camper where I can easily put a 36 footer.
I used to back construction trailers into tight spots... The key is to have good spotters & to go SLOW - don't let onlookers or traffic make you feel rushed... Get-out & visualize the turn you have to make... Train your DW and/or kids to give good hand-signals - which include the distance you have between objects & direction you need to follow...

Sometimes the best practice is not a wide-open parking lot but your own driveway. Ours is on a narrow country road with a drain ditch on either side. If I can hit that 90 degree angle without dropping a wheel in the ditch, a tree on one side, or my own mailbox with the TV, I can back into most 60 degree camping sites... In fact, we've camped for 21 days straight at 4-5 different tight campsites where I got each right the first time without having to pull forward... Then I come home (albeit tired/in the dark) and miss my own driveway! At least there are no witnesses because everyone else is asleep / or at least until I make the kids help fill-in the ruts the next day...
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X2 on the walkie talkies ~ never depend on cell service and phones! Only need a small reasonably priced pair from Wally World, nothing really expensive.

I tell the DW to stay at one corner or the other behind the trailer and walk back as I back in, keep her head on a swivel and keep looking around ~ the most important thing I could suggest is: IF THEY CAN'T SEE YOUR REFLECTION IN THE OUTSIDE MIRROR, YOU CAN'T SEE THEM!!
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As a general rule,longer trailers are easier to back in than short ones,a short one will start to "hook" and usually all is lost w/o starting over.Long ones correct easier and make you look better too!
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I just got a new Grey Wolf 29TE today. I really did not think about how long it is 36'6" until I looked at it hooked to my truck. My question is do you all think it is a problem to back in this size RV at most camp grounds? I had problems with my much smaller one in certain spots. Any recommendations on how I can ensure I can easily maneuver into camps sites? Should I call before booking and ask about ease of backing in? Thanks for feedback
Most CG's are well versed concerning what will fit where, however there is another side of this equation you're often faced with when you arrive at the site. This includes but not limited to topography and terrain features (road width, ditches, trees, shrubs/bushes), and infrastructure such as hydrants, ground transformers, utility poles, etc. Often times these can impede your angle of attack and follow-up while backing in. Some sites will require you to back in on the blind side. That sometimes poses another dilemma in itself as you will have to rely on some else's eyes to see where you're going. Recommendation: Walk the site off with your ground guide and establish exactly where you want it. Then take your time.
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You will have challenges in many state parks -- plan ahead. I used to have a 33' travel trailer that I towed behind a Ford F150 crew Cab before upgrading to a F250 diesel crew cab. If your tow vehicle is gas, you'll need to plan ahead to refuel, too.

I once had to back out of a pull through spot at a KOA due to the perfect placement of a couple of trees and a fence.
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This will be on your mind all the way to the CG. Next thing you know you'll be sitting in your camp chair and telling DW dang Martha that wasn't as bad as i thought it was going to be.
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Funny advice from a previous forum: "Quickest way to a divorce - have your wife help you with backing!"
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Funny advice from a previous forum: "Quickest way to a divorce - have your wife help you with backing!"
Yes! We have all been there at one time or another. As soon as I calmly explained to the wife "If you can't see my mirror(s), I can't see you". Her reply was "oh, I didn't know that". After that, there was peace and harmony. On numerous occasions I have witnessed couples, new to RVing, having tensions rise over getting into a site. Nobody want to bear witness to a domestic argument, nor wants it parked right next to them. So, you get both calmed down and assist them getting into the sight. More often than not either the husband or wife will bring a beer over to you as soon as they're set up.
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How to back wasn't really my question I can back it but not always possible to get in certain spots if not enough room, etc.. I was asking if most campgrounds accommodate larger rigs
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I can certainly back with the best of em', but like many of the other posters have said, make sure that the person you talk too when making reservations knows the campground. If someone says something like "well you should be able to get in there" then I would ask for another site or ask to speak with someone else. If all else fails, just request pull through sites, problem solved!
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As stated the longer trailers make it easier to back up, but also the longer truck makes it more difficult too. Just remember that it's not the total length but where the axles are as that is where it will pivot. I have my DW stand at the point where she wants the corner of the camper to be then I just aim for her, if I am turning to correct and she is out of view and can't see me in the mirrors she just moves to the opposite side so we can still see each other in the mirror.
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As stated the longer trailers make it easier to back up, but also the longer truck makes it more difficult too. Just remember that it's not the total length but where the axles are as that is where it will pivot. I have my DW stand at the point where she wants the corner of the camper to be then I just aim for her, if I am turning to correct and she is out of view and can't see me in the mirrors she just moves to the opposite side so we can still see each other in the mirror.
Have that insurance paid up don't you... Does she know your aiming for her? LOL
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Wasn't really my question I can back it but not always possible to get in certain spots if not enough room, etc.. I was asking if most campgrounds accommodate larger rigs
This is really campground dependent. The longer you are the harder it is to get a spot, especially at state parks and older campgrounds. I always add a foot or two to my length after being given a spot that was exactly 30 ft in length for a 30 ft tt. I now have a 40' fiver and have seen Campgrounds where we will not git. I never really had an issue with my 30' tt other than the above situation.
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