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Old 03-14-2022, 09:47 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Bob K4TAX View Post
Practice makes perfect.

On a nice weekday, find an empty church parking lot. Put out some orange cones or get some surveyor's flags and a few blocks of wood. Drill a small hole in the blocks and put in the surveyor flag wire. Pull the trailer and tow the vehicle into a nice empty area. Spread those flags out around the trailer as needed. Then pull out, make a circle around the parking lot, and put the trailer back between the flags. So you have to pull up and back several times. So what? Just notice what worked and what didn't work. Outside mirrors are a must. Adjust them correctly and use them. Learn to do all of this yourself.

If someone should approach and ask if you need assistance, or are you perhaps crazy, the answer is "no, I don't need assistance and yes, I'm crazy". They will promptly make a quick exit, leaving the place to yourself. Works every time.

Then after you master that, try the skill of parallel parking the trailer and the tow vehicle. It is just a wee bit more challenging than parallel parking a vehicle. Of which many find to be extrememly challanging.
You are right about parallel parking. Iíve done it with just about 40 feet. If you think people watch you parking in a campground you just need to see how many people watch you parallel park the rig into 3 parking spots and put it about 6-8 inches from the curb. A 3 point turnabout is a real pain when they forget to put up a sign that says road closed.
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Old 03-15-2022, 04:52 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by sfsgm View Post
The first thing we do when we get to camp is that my wife gets out and takes the dog for a walk. By the time she gets back, I'm parked.

Take from that what you will.
Now thatís funny! Exactly what DH and I do too. Our moho is wee and we camp in our beautiful Ontario Provincial parks where the sites are big. If he needs help heíll ask.
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Old 03-15-2022, 05:40 AM   #43
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For the last 2 years of her life, my wife was disabled and unable to help no matter how much she wanted too. I got proficient at managing all aspects of a camper trip on my own. She just sat in the truck until I got everything set up.

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Old 03-15-2022, 06:07 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Papadave View Post
I will second that. I finally resorted to coming in hot with my big sailboat which intimidated the hapless helpers who wanted to grab the bow line and yank on it and crash my stern wind generator into a pier. Came in hot revved it in reverse and stopped cold while I stepped off the boat with my lines. In other cases a knowledgeable dockhand or two would advise about a tide run and I welcomed the local knowledge, and help. If asked then help. If not, unless they are heading into your rig, stand by.
It worked for Captain Ron, too.

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Old 03-16-2022, 05:20 PM   #45
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The eyes and help of others have done nothing over the years but cost me money.
Now, when asked, I point to my camera monitors and my 2-way radio (with my wife holding the other radio) and tell the person, "We've got it covered. Thanks."

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