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Old 08-10-2016, 11:19 PM   #1
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Laugh at or with me, first time out

Just back from our maiden voyage. Great time, such glitches but mostly a great experience. Went to a provincial park fairly close to where we live, hadn't been there so of course I got lost in the campground trying to find our site.

After driving in circles and seeing the same other campers again and again, I figured I better turn around. I found a double camping site that I figured had enough room to turn, about half way in I went oh ****. There was a huge tree that was growing at a 45 degree angle that made getting through difficult. I made at least 10 (probably 20) front and back corrections but finally got through with about an inch to spare of taking out my awning.

Of course this type of thing seems to encourage large crowds to gather and just watch, which increases the sweat level for sure. Screw em', got out and away I went.

Finally found my site and took a few tries to back in. This brought my neighbour over to "help". He stood in front of my truck at one side telling me to "turn and keep backing up". Dude, there's a post on this side and if I keep going it won't be good.

Finally got in nicely and set up without incident, just a couple of brush scratches. Sat down and downed 3 beers in record time. I think I'm going to like this camping thing!

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:45 PM   #2
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Welcome the "club" we have all been there done that.


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Old 08-11-2016, 01:48 AM   #3
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We had to have help backing into our storage space once. Most neighbors are always willing to lend a hand, or get a good laugh watching. Welcome to the club.

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:20 AM   #4
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You did better than most of us on our first try.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:27 AM   #5
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Love your attitude.

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:48 AM   #6
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You did better than me, our first outing I clipped one of those cement posts that protect the gas pump! Our camper was about 4 hours old! Minor damage thankfully. Anyway, 3 years later and no other incidents thankfully. Now I can confidently stuff my 27' trailer in any spot I want. People can watch away As others said, generally everyone watching is more than willing to help and very friendly.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:39 AM   #7
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Give it time. The day we brought ours home, I had a helluva time getting it in the driveway. Got to the point where I was about to take it to the school down the road and leave it there for it's first night, but I eventually got it down. Fast forward 2 seasons. We went to a local state park earlier this year and I put it in a site between two trees and a fire ring. After setting up, an older guy from a few sites down strolled by and said "you really made the rest of us look like $hit!"

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Old 08-11-2016, 05:41 PM   #8
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Lol for sure I will be getting mines soon so I know what to expect and even though I drove long truck for the Army there might be times that I will find myself in a tight spot, thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:34 PM   #9
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Welcome yea we've all been there. If you haven't seen it get "RV" with Robin Williams. None RVer wouldn't enjoy it as much as us that "have been there done that".
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:01 PM   #10
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Welcome yea we've all been there. If you haven't seen it get "RV" with Robin Williams. None RVer wouldn't enjoy it as much as us that "have been there done that".
But try to avoid the "poop geyser".

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