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Old 06-02-2016, 03:17 PM   #1
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Why do people always park here?!!!!

While on our last trip out me and DW was wandering why when you stop and park while eating, getting fuel, or just stopping to stretch our legs a few minutes, why does someone always have to park in that parking spot right in front of your mh. Even after you have parked as far as possible from the door of the restaurant, using the only pump that you can get into, or the parking spot that is marked " TRUCK and RV PARKING". Me and DW had to break the rule of not backing up with the toad attached because of idiots doing this. I don't recommend doing that of course, Luckily I could back straight back only about 6 feet to get out and had her hold the wheel straight on the toad and let it idle in reverse to pull itself to take the stress of the tow bar. We have had this happen when there are plenty of empty parking spots elsewhere but NO they just had to park in the one spot 4 feet from the nose of our mh. Think using those orange cones that utility workers use and hold that spot would work? OK my rant in complete.
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Must be another of Murphy's Laws.
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While on our last trip out me and DW was wandering why when you stop and park while eating, getting fuel, or just stopping to stretch our legs a few minutes, why does someone always have to park in that parking spot right in front of your mh. Even after you have parked as far as possible from the door of the restaurant, using the only pump that you can get into, or the parking spot that is marked " TRUCK and RV PARKING". Me and DW had to break the rule of not backing up with the toad attached because of idiots doing this. I don't recommend doing that of course, Luckily I could back straight back only about 6 feet to get out and had her hold the wheel straight on the toad and let it idle in reverse to pull itself to take the stress of the tow bar. We have had this happen when there are plenty of empty parking spots elsewhere but NO they just had to park in the one spot 4 feet from the nose of our mh. Think using those orange cones that utility workers use and hold that spot wold work? OK my rant in complete.
Some idiot would take your cones and some other idiot would park there anyway.
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Why not just pull forward into that space in the first place?
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:34 PM   #6
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Why not just pull forward into that space in the first place?
Kinda defeats the purpose of leaving you room to get out when you are ready to leave. Then they would just park in the space in front of that one an so on so until i guess it would just save me time to just pull in against a wall. Lol
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Kinda defeats the purpose of leaving you room to get out when you are ready to leave. Then they would just park in the space in front of that one an so on so until i guess it would just save me time to just pull in against a wall. Lol
Either that or get a big heavy bumper installed and push them out of the way!
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Why not just pull forward into that space in the first place?
We're in a 44' long bus. When we pull into a typical parking lot designed for cars and pickup trucks - parking as if we were a car and simply taking two spots still leaves a few feet of coach sticking out into the "aisle" (make that several feet if our toad is attached). Like the OP - we head for the most remote/unused portion of the lot we can find and park "sideways" taking up 6-7 of the typical 10'(..ish) wide car spots.

Being that we don't park in those sorts of lots unless there's TONS of empty spots even after we've staked out our parking spot - we pretty much assume anybody who parks in the space just in front of us is being an intentional douchenozzle.

There's just no telling what the wind is going to do with our shopping cart in those situations....
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Either that or get a big heavy bumper installed and push them out of the way!
Crosses my mind every time it happens.
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I have pulled up to the diesel pumps at Flying J when their was a car at the front pump. I filled my tank and they were still there blocking my exit. 15 minutes later the people came back from EATING AND WALKING THEIR DOG !!!!
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Let's get this straight....

Use the two cones. I have with good success! It's the inattentive that you want to educate. Most observers will get the message when they see 'em. The rascals? well... will have to venture out of their car under public eye, move the cones and park in that space. A deliberate act of aggression if undertaken.

Simply: Take a picture of the cones, the front end of the coach. If anyone does move the cones and encroach , you have photographic evidence to show a traffic officer. The safety cones are universally recognized as traffic directives to warn or restrict vehicular encroachment, regardless of who, or for what purpose they are deployed. [so long as you do not impose on circulation driveway]. Use them, the intent is a very real and warrantied use for your maneuverability of a coach "not able" to back up.

I hope this puts the issue in down-to-earth reasoning. As a general contractor we've used cones to mark wet concrete, temporary bracing, marked-off space for materials to be stacked and protection barrier around parked equipment...all. in keeping with the same issue being discussed here.
Law enforcement will recognize your right to do the same in this instance.

Safe travels, and have a great time.

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Sitting in the MH on the side of a grocery store parking lot when a car pulls up to us bumper to bumper. Little girl waves at me while mom keeps her focus on the pavement as they walk away into the store. When the DW returned we had to wait till Ms. Inconsiderate finished shopping in order to leave.
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