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Old 05-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Talking Secret Confessions - completely anonymous

Well, marginally anonymous.

Well, ok - not anonymous at all.

My first: I approach every campground with absolute fear and dread of having to park my rig. When I get backed into the site, I still feel like it was luck rather than skill! More times than not, it's not a complete mess - it actually goes pretty well.

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Old 05-24-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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Well, marginally anonymous.

Well, ok - not anonymous at all.

My first: I approach every campground with absolute fear and dread of having to park my rig. When I get backed into the site, I still feel like it was luck rather than skill! More times than not, it's not a complete mess - it actually goes pretty well.

Sounds like you need to get some cones or something and go to a parking lot and spend a few hrs practicing parking (backing) at all different angles, etc. After you practice a while try a real challenge and try parallel parking the whole rig.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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Well, marginally anonymous.

Well, ok - not anonymous at all.

My first: I approach every campground with absolute fear and dread of having to park my rig. When I get backed into the site, I still feel like it was luck rather than skill! More times than not, it's not a complete mess - it actually goes pretty well.

Well, you and my DW would have a complete melt down if she was anywere near you when you attempted to park. She totally comes unhinged if a tree is within 5 feet of the camper. She has white knuckles from the passenger side.
To be honest, I get a little nervous too. I get more nervous with her in my ear. We have "practiced" where she needs to be (in my mirror so that I can see her) to be so many times, but as soon as we pull into the campground, all of that "training" goes out the window.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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Ha, I hear you there, but that only happens to me when I have to back into my driveway, which is a little steep at the bottom then gets pretty narrow in the middle for about 50' (maybe 8-10" room on each side of the TT...one side is a slope, the other a retaining wall) before it opens back up near the house. The first few times I was only willing to try it from one direction, so I could look out the driver side window and watch the TT tires along the driveway edge.

But that required a 2 mile 'detour' to come into my neighborhood from the right direction. This last time I came in the short way and backed it in using just the mirrors. Only had to re-adjust a 1 or 2 times, but I got it.

(or maybe it was more like 6 or 7 times lol)
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:51 AM   #5
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Well, you and my DW would have a complete melt down if she was anywere near you when you attempted to park. She totally comes unhinged if a tree is within 5 feet of the camper. She has white knuckles from the passenger side.
To be honest, I get a little nervous too. I get more nervous with her in my ear. We have "practiced" where she needs to be (in my mirror so that I can see her) to be so many times, but as soon as we pull into the campground, all of that "training" goes out the window.
Get you a GE baby monitor and 1 extra camera and put one on each side of the camper. Tell DW to close her eyes and HANG ON!
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Get you a GE baby monitor and 1 extra camera and put one on each side of the camper. Tell DW to close her eyes and HANG ON!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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Ok, so enough about me...


What are YOUR secret and totally anonymous confessions?
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
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We just moved from tents to a pop up last year and before that I had never towed anything before in my life. I was terrified that I would hit something and then that I would be able to back it in. I never hit anything but the first few times backing in seemed to take forever (never did do the practice thing, I figure if anything is going to happen its going to happen out there). Wife an I provided lots of campground entertainment (she has a loud voice and I don't listen very well)

Now we do phones when we back in. Makes for much better communication. I was surprised when we went to a 25 ft. trailer this year it seemed a lot easier. First time out (in the brand new just picked up camper) we seemed to fly right into our spot. Part of the way though she said stop but don't get out. Turns out she had me within an inch of a tree. We made it on it though
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #9
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Ok, so enough about me... What are YOUR secret and totally anonymous confessions?
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #10
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I'll confess for my boss.

Last weekend he hooked up to a fresh water fill connection upon entering cg.
He then went inside to pay for 3 nights of camping.......
As the cg owner and the boss are chewing the fat, the cg owner asks him if that's a new water feature on his holiday rambler?
When he turned around he was shocked to see water gushing from the black tank vent and pouring over the side of his holiday rambler mh.

I labeled the fresh water tank fill and black tank flush connections this morning.............

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #12
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...I labeled the fresh water tank fill and black tank flush connections this morning...Turbs
That's funny, and the labeling is probably your total output for the week/month.
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Well, marginally anonymous.

Well, ok - not anonymous at all.

My first: I approach every campground with absolute fear and dread of having to park my rig. When I get backed into the site, I still feel like it was luck rather than skill! More times than not, it's not a complete mess - it actually goes pretty well.

What's that old saying - " we have nothing to fear but fear itself" comes to mind after reading your last sentence
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #15
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To be honest, I get a little nervous too. I get more nervous with her in my ear. We have "practiced" where she needs to be (in my mirror so that I can see her) to be so many times, but as soon as we pull into the campground, all of that "training" goes out the window.
Hmmm. My DW is sort of soft-spoken. I tell her to stand behind the Motorhome where I can see her and give me directions. Don't know if she's dyslexic or what, but she doesn't do hand signals well. And she'll move from one side to the other - she'll be on the right side when I need left-side, and viceversa. I tell her to shout out directions, but she shouts as if she's in the public library. And don't even suggest 2-way radios! Nevertheless, so far we've not had a backing in incident in 40-years of camping!
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #16
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Being a big fan of the lake, and having a nice boat, I feel that anytime we go camping during boating season I am cheating on my boat with my camper.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #17
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Being a big fan of the lake, and having a nice boat, I feel that anytime we go camping during boating season I am cheating on my boat with my camper.
I think your fine as long as you don't kiss ur camper ......
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I think your fine as long as you don't kiss ur camper ......
kiss it? Hell - I sleep with it!!
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kiss it? Hell - I sleep with it!!
Kissing it makes it "real"
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Just relax.... I've been driving truck for 20+ years. When you arrive just take a deep breath and do what's natural and park it. Once you learn to relax things go smooth then... Go have a cold one and smile at your accomplishment. You begin to look forward to a new challenge. Good luck!
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