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Old 04-14-2020, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hello all,

My name is James. My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a 179DBK from Couch's currently. This will be our first camper of our own. We have used my Mother in law's Coleman a few times but decided to take the leap on a bunkhouse setup so we would be more comfortable camping with our kids. We can't wait for all this mess to be over so that we can get out and enjoy the road.

A little about me: I am a former US Marine who loves motorcycles. I currently ride a Victory. We live in the Tampa Bay area. Lastly, I am terrible at backing trailers, so I apologize in advance for anyone that ever has the misfortune of being behind me in line while I get into a campsite 🤣🤣🤣.

I look forward to possibly seeing some of you out on the road.
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Welcome to the forum and the world of RVing. Congrats on your upcoming purchase. Thank you for your service. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:12 AM   #3
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:23 AM   #4
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There are 2 great campgrounds right near you for that break in trip you should take. Staying close to home lets you find out what you are missing. Also work the kinks out from anything that may go wrong.


Fort Desoto is a great park and cheap. Lots of room.


There is a county park in Ruskin on the Little Manatee river but they do not take reservations or least did not when we were there.


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Old 04-14-2020, 07:39 AM   #5
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Hello all,

My name is James. My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a 179DBK from Couch's currently. This will be our first camper of our own. We have used my Mother in law's Coleman a few times but decided to take the leap on a bunkhouse setup so we would be more comfortable camping with our kids. We can't wait for all this mess to be over so that we can get out and enjoy the road.

A little about me: I am a former US Marine who loves motorcycles. I currently ride a Victory. We live in the Tampa Bay area. Lastly, I am terrible at backing trailers, so I apologize in advance for anyone that ever has the misfortune of being behind me in line while I get into a campsite ������.

I look forward to possibly seeing some of you out on the road.
Welcome from the middle of America, and thank you for your service.

Backing up can be a challenge, but it only takes a little practice. The key is to just take it SLOWLY and give yourself time to adjust and correct the angle of the trailer as you back. When you get your new trailer, take it to an empty parking lot - schools are good for that now and during the summer - set up some cones or other markers (pool noodles wont hurt your trailer if you hit them) and just keep practicing until it becomes second nature.

Hope you enjoy your new trailer.
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:25 AM   #6
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Thank you for your service, Congratulations and Welcome from New Jersey, As mentioned just take your time backing up,It takes some getting used to.Small adjustments and the open lot will definitely help.
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered.
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:43 AM   #8
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Thank You for your service and welcome from South Jersey. A little thing I tell people that are not good at backing a bumper pull. Place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. If you want the trailer to go left, move the wheel to the left. Opposite if you want to go right and go slow. Easier to back in from the drivers side to learn. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:11 AM   #9
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There are 2 great campgrounds right near you for that break in trip you should take. Staying close to home lets you find out what you are missing. Also work the kinks out from anything that may go wrong.


Fort Desoto is a great park and cheap. Lots of room.


There is a county park in Ruskin on the Little Manatee river but they do not take reservations or least did not when we were there.


And Welcome
Ft. Desoto is beautiful. Having grown up here, I have spent many days out there. As for the campground in Ruskin, I think you might be referencing the Canoe River Outpost. I spent NYE out there in 2018 and had a blast. Awesome people and a clean park.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:36 AM   #10
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Ft. Desoto is beautiful. Having grown up here, I have spent many days out there. As for the campground in Ruskin, I think you might be referencing the Canoe River Outpost. I spent NYE out there in 2018 and had a blast. Awesome people and a clean park.

Actually EG Simmons Regional Park and my bad, its not on the river but the bay.


We were just down that way last fall and stayed at a KOA on the other side of the bay. 11:30 at night had a hooker knock on the door looking for their "friend". Should have stayed at De Soto again
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Actually EG Simmons Regional Park and my bad, its not on the river but the bay.


We were just down that way last fall and stayed at a KOA on the other side of the bay. 11:30 at night had a hooker knock on the door looking for their "friend". Should have stayed at De Soto again
Wow.... just wow. I'm not a huge fan of the KOAs I've been to. The Canoe River Outpost is a good one if you get down this way again. The dump station is a little sketchy, requiring you to back your trailer down a dirt road 50-75 ft as its not a pull through dump.
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:26 PM   #13
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The best piece of advice that I have ever gotten (other than 'practice, practice, practice) for backing a trailer is to remember two acronyms:

PUTA: "Pull Up, Try Again"

and

GOAL: "Get Out And Look"

There is no shame in either. Take as much time as you need in order to be safe, and don't worry about anyone who might be watching - they have their own problems.
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