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Old 08-26-2014, 01:44 PM   #11
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OK, force, my hat's off to ya! ICE? Towing? Steep incline?

I absolutely have a deep appreciation for those of you who tow these monsters, keep calm and figure it out.

Smart thinking on having the Navigator do "adjustments".
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:50 PM   #12
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We got LOTS of laughs out of my iphone's GPS during this trip. Somehow (innocent look) my phone's GPS got switched to *WALKING* instead of driving.

53 miles=six days, 14 hours

walk 70 feet and turn right

t'was a hoot!
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:55 PM   #13
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...(I couldn't disconnect the trailer else it would have sailed down the road a 100 yards before inevitably finding a tree)...
No way to chock it?

I haven't had too many issues. I've had quite a few "Well that didn't work the way I planned, let me pull it out and try again" situations, mostly backing into my own driveway.

The only situation I can think of where I was almost stuck though was at a campground that I had to use a dump station that was set up where you dumped and then drove into the seasonal section of the park to turn around before going back past the dump station on the way out (though now on the passenger side of the rig).

Well, back in those tight corners, I tried to take one turn but in my avoidance of the flower pots and fences on my right, I put the trailer into a track that would have collided with a truck parked on my right. I'm now in an almost jack-knife, can't go forward, and she wouldn't go backwards the way she came kind of situation.

Thankfully, the owner of the truck was in his trailer and came out to move it forward so I could get around him. Though with choice enough words that I cemented my decision not to return to that particular campground. (It wasn't the only reason, there were many others, but it just added another one at the end of a bad weekend.)
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Yup. Early on with a rented C class wanted to go to Como Lake near Chapleau. The road comes out to Hwy 101 so we went that way as it looked faster. After getting on Esher-Healy road we found the road getting narrower and less easy to follow. We ended up on a massive granite outcropping and could see nothing but sky out the front window. I got out and had a look. The space was so narrow I could not turn the vehicle around to go back so standing on the brakes all the way down, down we went. The road teed on to a flat gravel road. Flat as a pancake with no potholes. The only issue was that the undergrowth was hitting the side of the vehicle.

We finally made it and found out we should have taken the road from the town of Chapleau. The camp owner was surprised we made it down the granite face. So were we.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Kaadk;688122]No way to chock it?

Good question. I wasn't carrying wheel chocks at that time, and with 4' of snow on the ground I couldn't exactly scrounge up a log or rock or something.

I now carry chocks, rope, chains, and two sets of "tow-truck-in-a-box" (as seen on TV!) anytime I hook that trailer to my truck. A bag of kitty litter or sand on top of that and I should be as stuck-proof as I can get. <knocks on wood>
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:25 PM   #16
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I exited the freeway for lunch and headed to a fast food place that I knew had wide parking. After making the first turn in the parking lot I realized I was wrong or confused about the wide parking area. I had to back up the TT while missing parked cars on either side and also behind me. I couldn't see behind me so I used the GOAL approach but was getting dizzy with jumping out to check so many times. A lot of people watched but no one offered to help. I finally made it out of the parking area and headed back to the freeway without lunch.
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Yup. Early on with a rented C class wanted to go to Como Lake near Chapleau. The road comes out to Hwy 101 so we went that way as it looked faster. After getting on Esher-Healy road we found the road getting narrower and less easy to follow. We ended up on a massive granite outcropping and could see nothing but sky out the front window. I got out and had a look. The space was so narrow I could not turn the vehicle around to go back so standing on the brakes all the way down, down we went. The road teed on to a flat gravel road. Flat as a pancake with no potholes. The only issue was that the undergrowth was hitting the side of the vehicle.

We finally made it and found out we should have taken the road from the town of Chapleau. The camp owner was surprised we made it down the granite face. So were we.
You actually reminded me of another situation I was in, though unrelated to towing. A colleague and I were working a project over in Dingolfing, Germany. Heading out for dinner one night, he was driving and after turning one corner, we found ourselves at the top of a set of stairs. Since the place we were looking for was at the bottom of the stairs, my colleague decided to just drive down the stairs!

We went down these a little Mercedes A class:
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Later on, we found out the white circle with the red trim meant 'no cars allowed'.
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Before I got the current towhauler I just used a enclosed 20 trailer and had a make shift camper with a bed, heater, and garage. We were going to a new riding area, and we always camp on utility roads where were allowed and hardly even go to a camp ground. I prefer it that way. It's just us, no annoying people around. Well I turned down the road that we thought was the one on our map. Went about 2 miles down it and it dead ended with no turn around. Just a utility access road about 10 feet wide with larger trees all around.

All I could do was laugh. Buddy looked and me and said a few words I can't repeat. It took me about 30 minutes to back up the winding hulking access road. That's about the worst I can think of
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We were in Texas and were heading to a COE campground on Sam Rayburn Lake. EITHER I input the GPS coordinates incorrectly, or they were incorrect on the COE website (I prefer to think the latter was the case). We got so far down a narrow gravel road and found two houses side-by-side. It appeared that nobody was home at the first one. At the second, a pregnant woman with 5 little boys (all in shorts, but no shirts or shoes) and 6 or 7 dogs that looked like they were all put together out of spare parts greeted us. The woman had no idea where the LAKE was, much less the campground. I called the Corps and tried to tell them where we were, to no avail. Their best advice: Go find a road with a NAME on it and call them back, and they would try to help.

I managed to get the Windjammer jackknifed and backed 90 degrees into the yard between the two houses, with the woman's permission - but I'm not sure it was HER yard. As we left - accompanied by the shrieks of all the little shirtless boys, Yvonne said she could swear she heard the banjo music from Deliverance playing somewhere in the distance.
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You actually reminded me of another situation I was in, though unrelated to towing. A colleague and I were working a project over in Dingolfing, Germany. Heading out for dinner one night, he was driving and after turning one corner, we found ourselves at the top of a set of stairs. Since the place we were looking for was at the bottom of the stairs, my colleague decided to just drive down the stairs!

We went down these a little Mercedes A class:
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Later on, we found out the white circle with the red trim meant 'no cars allowed'.
Now THAT's funny. How many times do they do that scene in movies, where somebody drives their car down a flight of stone steps, usually somewhere in Europe?

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