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Old 09-19-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Pulling into your site

Hi all - First year with our new Rockwood 8293RKSS after 20+ years of tenting it. I have a difficult time judging the width of the TT with the slide out and the awning out. Makes it kind of hard for my DH to get the camper in the right spot the first time. So I cut two pieces of string - one the depth of the slide out, and the second, the depth of the awning. Now I just have to get out my strings to see if our TT will fit between trees, etc. The one for the slide out I can hold out between my arms; the one for the awning, I just lay on the ground from the side of the TT to see where the awning will be when fully extended. With more practice, I'm sure I'll be able to judge these distances better, but this works great in the mean time.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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Genius!
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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That will work.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:31 PM   #4
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dw is not much help when backing up .
I am better off doing it my self...
I am far from good at it but it beats getting into a fist fight LOL
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:38 PM   #5
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dw is not much help when backing up .
I am better off doing it my self...
I am far from good at it but it beats getting into a fist fight LOL
I try to use my 10 year old son as my guide...he's better at it and less repurcussions if things get, um, heated (but so far he's been really good so no need to get heated. My DW just gets frustrated at her difficulty at doing what seems like a simple task.)

I've gotten good at lining up the hitch ball by myself so that's one less 'stressor' for everyone.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #6
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The one thing I have to keep reminding my DW is that if she can not see my mirrors, I can not see her. She get a little upset with me because I will stop moving until I can see her when backing into a site.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
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I arrive at the site, get out and survey the situation and tell my wife where I want to park the tires. She then directs me to the area and then I get out and see if minor adjustments are required. What annoys me the most is all the other camper do-gooders who wants to come and give me directions. I politely tell them that I depend on one traffic director only,, DW. Works for us.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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I just back up until I hear a crunch, then I pull up 2"s.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:42 PM   #9
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I pre-cut a dowel (actually an old broom handle) for exactly the distance my slide takes. I keep it in an outside compartment. It is easy to run the dowel along the side to see if it hits anything.

Even DW can do it quickly and let me know if I need to shift left or right without getting out of the cab.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #10
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I guess there is a benefit to not having slides

We still get the folks who feel that they have to help. At one place I had three different people telling me different things. Unfortunately, none of them was my wife and knew where I wanted to be.
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