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Posted: 07/16/12 09:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I ran into a situation that proved to be far more difficult than i expected. We had to rent a spot at a storage.They have you angle park with only 3 to maybe 4 feet in between trailer's. And fairly narrow runways down the aisles. I thought no problem,I'll just swing wide and pull right in....Wrong..my back end would have clipped the trailer parked next to me on the drivers side.after much jockeying i managed to get it in there. Any tips from folk's with some storage parking experience?

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not much you can do about it other than request a parking space on either end of the row.


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I just hope you get it out OK.

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Not much help can be offered except practice ... Or a different spot if it really doesn't fit.

I parked in a spot once where it was angled, and separated by chains. I understand why they do this, but it also removes half of the space between trailers when parking. It was annoying. I mean ... we all cross the yellow line as we are parking our car right? The goal is to be parked between the lines, not stay between them the whole time we are parking, and yet that's what they were essentially enforcing.


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Not the best situation, but there is very good practice at backing up! I believe that you have better maneuverability backing up than trying to pull through. With my LBCQ I always find it easier to back into a parking space than to dive in.
I get the impression that the space is a "pull through" next time come to the other side and try backing in.


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Find a deserted parking lot and practice practice practice.

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Nothing to offer here. I have a perfectly strait spot at the storage lot. The one next to me is angled "slightly". I have a heck of a time trying to back in because it does something optically to me. I have started relying on the left side mirrors when doing it there. Practice has helped.


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Maybe when it is time to get it out you can borrow a shorter/smaller, more manuverable truck just to get it out. See if they have a spotting truck at the storage too. My winter storage spot (very large, free standing, metal enclosed shed) has a tractor with hydraulic mounts and they stack them in real close for everybody. They call us in the spring when opening up and taking them all out in order (1,2,3 in, 3,2,1 out).


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I've been in the position for five years. First-be patient; second, since there a lot of variables,vary only one thing at a time; for instance your position before you start backing up; once that seems to fine then look at when you start cutting the wheels and then how much. I find I have to be careful not to be fixated on one side of the trailer. I've also learned that after many years of experience, my wife has developed a good sense in telling me what to do-at least when backing up the rig.

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I figure it's a good place to practice my backing. I tend to attract crowds at the campgrounds, but at my storage lot there's seldom anyone around. And there are times when I'm very thankful for that!

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