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Old 11-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #41
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I get in the boat and the wife backs me down. When we load. I drop her at the dock/ramp and she gets the truck and backs it down. Once on the trailer and hooked she takes it the parking lot to finish up.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:13 PM   #42
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I get in the boat and the wife backs me down. When we load. I drop her at the dock/ramp and she gets the truck and backs it down. Once on the trailer and hooked she takes it the parking lot to finish up.
I adore the woman, but my wife struggles going forward with no trailer
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:28 PM   #43
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I adore the woman, but my wife struggles going forward with no trailer
Not making fun just aughing with you. You wouldn't believe the guys with 50-60,000 dollar bass boats can't back them down the ramp. They watch my wife with amazement when she is backing it down the ramp.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:58 PM   #44
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The key it seems is prepping the boat WHILE you wait your turn, not once it's your turn! We live a block from the lake and I choose to keep the boat in the garage rather than in the water. We prep the boat in the drive and then head to the launch. I cant tell you how many times we sit and wait for the person in front of us to get their turn, they back the boat down, struggle with getting it off and tied to the single deep pier, then they start unloading the coolers, dog, kids, and gear into the boat
Which of course turns me into "that guy" that needs to ask them why they didnt load up the boat while they waited for the previous 2 boats to launch.
We, like yourself, take about 30 seconds to launch and maybe 3 mins to pull out. We do it often, and we think it through. It's a single launch with only a single depth pier. So, you have to wait for the one in front of you to completely clear before you can launch.
My wife weighs in at about 120-125lbs and there is always someone there that wants to help her tend the lines especially when I "pop" the brake to get the boat off the trailer.
None the less, it's always entertaining to sit at any launch, anywhere in the world anjust watch the interaction between the people
My favorite addition to those that must do it all while on the ramp, is after they get all loaded up, tied up at the ramp pier, they park the truck when they suddenly realize they forgot the plug!!! What a scramble then, absolute caos!

With camping, I tend to find the most amusement at the dump station. I've made my mistakes for sure but have been Lucky enough not to have them witnessed. We all have to learn and find our way, but it sure can be funny when it happens.

My biggest faux pas happened at home (thank goodness). After returning home from a weekend at a state park (I have sewer hookup at the house) I went to dump my black tank. I opened the cap on the TT with a woooosh! I quickly realized that after my last dump I forgot to close the dump valve on the black tank. Thank goodness my training as a firefighter paid off and I never place myself in front of a cap I am removing (habit) so I only got splashed pretty good. I had quick wits and closed the valve with only about a gallon discharge. I showered for what seemed a week!!!!!!!! I can only imagine the laughter that I would have heard if I would have done this at the dump site at the CG on a Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #45
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And you are pushing vs backing it up.
Actually... we weren't pushing like we was supposed to - we were routinely backing up CF101s into the alert hangars and it had a longish tow bar like the Starfighter, which made the maneuvering that much more challenging. I would never do that though - it was always them guys on the other crew.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:53 PM   #46
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My favorite addition to those that must do it all while on the ramp, is after they get all loaded up, tied up at the ramp pier, they park the truck when they suddenly realize they forgot the plug!!! What a scramble then, absolute caos!

With camping, I tend to find the most amusement at the dump station. I've made my mistakes for sure but have been Lucky enough not to have them witnessed. We all have to learn and find our way, but it sure can be funny when it happens.

My biggest faux pas happened at home (thank goodness). After returning home from a weekend at a state park (I have sewer hookup at the house) I went to dump my black tank. I opened the cap on the TT with a woooosh! I quickly realized that after my last dump I forgot to close the dump valve on the black tank. Thank goodness my training as a firefighter paid off and I never place myself in front of a cap I am removing (habit) so I only got splashed pretty good. I had quick wits and closed the valve with only about a gallon discharge. I showered for what seemed a week!!!!!!!! I can only imagine the laughter that I would have heard if I would have done this at the dump site at the CG on a Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
I wouldn't have laughed at you........well maybe a little on my way to help you. I would have gladly hosed you down........:trin k39:
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:56 AM   #47
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Actually... we weren't pushing like we was supposed to - we were routinely backing up CF101s into the alert hangars and it had a longish tow bar like the Starfighter, which made the maneuvering that much more challenging. I would never do that though - it was always them guys on the other crew.
Same here. Pushing gets to be too easy after you done it a couple thousand times.

We would eventually start backing just for the challenge of it.

Kept the skills sharp for whatever the situation called for....
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:51 PM   #48
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My father-in-law and I were sitting at our site watching a guy backing in a pop up camper and when he had it positioned we walked over to "lend a hand". Which he did not want. He proceeded to unhook the camper before chocking the wheels and the ground was sloped towards a lake. Needles to say it began to roll and his wife was screaming. Lucikly we had stayed near by and were able to catch it before it gathered speed and went swimming. That's what we were going to tell him that the site was sloped and we noticed he had not chocked the wheels.
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My father-in-law and I were sitting at our site watching a guy backing in a pop up camper and when he had it positioned we walked over to "lend a hand". Which he did not want. He proceeded to unhook the camper before chocking the wheels and the ground was sloped towards a lake. Needles to say it began to roll and his wife was screaming. Lucikly we had stayed near by and were able to catch it before it gathered speed and went swimming. That's what we were going to tell him that the site was sloped and we noticed he had not chocked the wheels.

Lesson learned,,, accept all help, contrary to my earlier posting.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:21 PM   #50
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Have your parking helper stand beside the unit when stopped with their side against the unit, and extend their arm out from their side, that should give you the slide clearance.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:52 PM   #51
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Have your parking helper stand beside the unit when stopped with their side against the unit, and extend their arm out from their side, that should give you the slide clearance.
Unless you happen to have very short arms......
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:39 PM   #52
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You just gotta do it

Pulled into a KOA in Halifax NS. Had started out from OK and never pulled anything before. Backed 26' Rockwood TT in on second try. Lots of practice between OK and NS. Next to me at the same time was a husband/wife team, him driving her directing, lots of yelling going on. Finally wife says if that little (I'm 5'3", 130lbs) gal can do it by herself so can you and walked off.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #53
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Pulled into a KOA in Halifax NS. Had started out from OK and never pulled anything before. Backed 26' Rockwood TT in on second try. Lots of practice between OK and NS. Next to me at the same time was a husband/wife team, him driving her directing, lots of yelling going on. Finally wife says if that little (I'm 5'3", 130lbs) gal can do it by herself so can you and walked off.
OMG that could have been US!
(Not really as we have not camped in NS yet, but I have seen that reaction from the DW in the past!)
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:29 PM   #54
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we try to get pull through lots as much as we can , at least it stops most of the backing up
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:55 AM   #55
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Camp sites are one thing. How about storing the rig. We have a 35.5' 5er and have to store it in a 10x36' stall. Not much room in the lot to get it at the right angle either. Add to that, the guy across from my stall has a boat that extends out of its stall into the drive area.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:42 AM   #56
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A long tima ago, I bought an aftermarket bumper for my Jeep with a 2" receiver, so I frequently use the "pushing" method with maneuvering trailers in my backyard. In fact, with all the rain we've had in PA this year, my grass was so wet that my truck could not get the TT into the spot I had picked for it, the wheels just spun, even in 4WD. The Jeep has lockers front and rear, so it just slowly and dutifully pushed the TT back in 4WD low. I thought the tongue weight was going to tip the Jeep onto its front bumper and lift the back wheels off the ground, but it made it!

If you're ever in east central PA on a summer afternoon and need some quality entertainment, stop by Blue Marsh Lake, an Army Corps of Engineers flood control dam, outside of Reading, PA. We've had a boat since I was 13, and we went there every weekend launching and pulling our boat out. Great fun to watch folks who bought a boat the day before, pulled it there and launched it with their Toyota Corrola, had a fun day of boating, and then realized their little car was unable to pull their ski boat up the wet ramp at the end of the day. Priceless! Plus the occasional "entire rig sliding down into the water" episode. Good times. Good times.
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After 20 years of setting up the 10 x 20 tent along with all the canopies, tables, grills, etc, we consider ourselves experts. I guess that will all change in 2 weeks when we take our "trial weekend to work out the kinks" with the new TT. Should be interesting, but since we will be out for 9 days over spring break for the kids I guess we need to get prepared. I hope all goes well with the backing in since we need to fit the TT, boat, truck and excursion all into the camping spot.
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After 20 years of setting up the 10 x 20 tent along with all the canopies, tables, grills, etc, we consider ourselves experts. I guess that will all change in 2 weeks when we take our "trial weekend to work out the kinks" with the new TT. Should be interesting, but since we will be out for 9 days over spring break for the kids I guess we need to get prepared. I hope all goes well with the backing in since we need to fit the TT, boat, truck and excursion all into the camping spot.
That sounds EXACTLY like our experience! 20+ years in a tent with 25lb outfitter cots, a porty potty, canopy for the kitchen area, 3 tables, an awning for the picnic table, etc. We bought the TT last year and it is SO much easier setting up camp without all the crap you have to haul around and load, unload, fold, etc. when tent camping. I was so sick of zippers (not good to have both zippers on a tent fail on the same trip!) on the tent, the canopy, the sleeping bags, etc. Now we back into our site, get it leveled, push the button for the slide, push the button for the awning, get out our chairs, and we're 90% done! You're going to absolutely LOVE it. Happy camping!!
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:33 PM   #59
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we seen that before in Texas with the drought we had .
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #60
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my DW knows what shes doing when it come to me backing,we've done it so long together we pretty much know what the other is thinking.
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