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Posted: 02/20/20 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could be time for a smaller rig.

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Almost -- twice.

About ten years ago in California, Valley Center, Woods Valley campground. This time my fault: one wrong turn took me into a portion of the campground with no exit for my 34' fifth-wheel. Fortunately residents of that area stopped me just before point of no return and helped me to back out--long way!

Two years later, Stone State Park near Sioux City, Iowa. Had reservations but found no campsite adequate, proceeded to a loop at the end of the campground--loop too small and tight with a small tree right in the center. Took much hemming and hawing but I did just barely get out. Went on to a KOA across the river in South Dakota. Finally did get a refund because there was no one on duty to assist me at the state park.

These are the campground close calls. Many others on the road. Once near Brandon, MS went to visit a friend in a retirement center pulling the fifth-wheel (on the way to Florida). No parking at all, but I turned down the residential street across from it. It turned out to be a cul de sac. It was a narrow street with mailboxes at driveways. Would not want to do that again. Almost destroyed a mailbox and had to back into a very busy boulevard.

A thread like this excites us all and brings back memories mostly of narrow escapes which are our victories.





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garyp4951 wrote:

My Gps took me to the 9th Ward in New Orleans, and I did a few blocks of backing to get out of there quick.


one of the best investments I made was a truckers GPS, enter weight, height and size all around and if properly updated will keep you off narrow streets, one ways, bridges, etc..the one I have runs about $400 but well worth it.


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It happened to me once, pulled into a park only to find out the gate was stuck and no way to turn around... I backed it out onto the street and went down the highway to the next CG


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A GPS will get you in trouble big time. If something does not seem right, STOP, because it's probably not right.

I often take a walk through a campground following my expected path to be sure that all is OK.


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And if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice...

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padredw wrote:

Almost -- twice.

About ten years ago in California, Valley Center, Woods Valley campground. This time my fault: one wrong turn took me into a portion of the campground with no exit for my 34' fifth-wheel. Fortunately residents of that area stopped me just before point of no return and helped me to back out--long way!

Two years later, Stone State Park near Sioux City, Iowa. Had reservations but found no campsite adequate, proceeded to a loop at the end of the campground--loop too small and tight with a small tree right in the center. Took much hemming and hawing but I did just barely get out. Went on to a KOA across the river in South Dakota. Finally did get a refund because there was no one on duty to assist me at the state park.

These are the campground close calls. Many others on the road. Once near Brandon, MS went to visit a friend in a retirement center pulling the fifth-wheel (on the way to Florida). No parking at all, but I turned down the residential street across from it. It turned out to be a cul de sac. It was a narrow street with mailboxes at driveways. Would not want to do that again. Almost destroyed a mailbox and had to back into a very busy boulevard.

A thread like this excites us all and brings back memories mostly of narrow escapes which are our victories.


my opinion is that state parks are the WORST. most of the state parks are much older than the current generation of campers. used to be a small pop-up or tent camping--which a lot of people do and enjoy-- then comes along (maybe since the late 70s?) 30+ ft trailers and tow rig combos well over 60 ft and you quickly mark state parks off your list. I don't think the funding is there to make them any different...no all, but most.

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My truck has a reverse gear in it. They beauty of that is you can go out the same way you got in. I use that gear frequently.

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garyp4951 wrote:

My Gps took me to the 9th Ward in New Orleans, and I did a few blocks of backing to get out of there quick.

I was on a trip for work a year after Katrina and heading back to the airport from Chalmette. My gps took me through the 9th ward to a closed bridge, and I had to backtrack to the main road. Lovely area.

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Peninsula State Park in Door County Wisconsin has a turn around at the entrance that is impossible for anything longer than a 20 ft trailer. If you pull in and for some reason decide to leave, you have to drive into the park quite a way to get turned around. If you go against the instructions that are posted at the turn around, you will hit either a large rock or a tree. I have seen it often. One time I watched a tow truck skid a 5r sideways to get it out of the turn.
If you go into the park about a half mile, there is a nice turn around.


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