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Old 02-07-2013, 06:52 AM   #1
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Are most RV campgrounds pull ins or back ins?

I'm new at this and would prefer to pull in until I get more comfortable at maneuvering the RV. Please give your insight.

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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The vast majority are back in.

However, you can always ask for a pull through, but not all campgrounds have pull throughs or very few of them.

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:58 AM   #3
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A lot of CG directories will list the # of pull throughs and back ins , however they may not be available. A call to reserve what you want would be the way to guarantee you'll get one.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:02 AM   #4
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campgrounds try to have pull-thru's for the larger/bigger rigs......
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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Back ins vs. Pull thrus may depend on your type of park preference. We tend to stay in commercial full hook up rv parks. Of literally dozens we have been at through the last 7 years I cannot think of any we stayed at that did not have pull thrus available, except Fort Wilderness at Disney World. Many state, county, city, and COE campgrounds we have been to, however, do not have pull thrus available.

With a little research you should be able to find somewhere that satisfies your needs. One good source is RV Park Reviews :: Home
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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Your question was Are most campgrounds....

Most SITES are back in,, However most CAMPGROUNDS are mixed,, Some, for example where I am at just now, are nearly all pull through, what is amazing is that this is a very old park but well over half the sites are pull through, and some of the ones that are not today, used to be and will be again.

Other parks, including parks in the same chain, Well, Out of 100 sites, 10 are pull through (Another park we stay at) I've been to parks were only 2 sites were pull through (Same chain).

If you have a trailer, there are tricks and tips, I knwo them all, don't use any of them (Learned to back a trailer years before I read the tips and techniques book)

If you drive a "Class" (A,B.C, whatever) Well, not that much different than backing a car.. Just bigger.
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Always Pull-in to a campground backing is tricky. Now getting into you site is something different!
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back up skill are essential

Please do take the time to learn how to back up your RV safely.

This will be helpful in places other than campgrounds.

And much less expensive than not safely backing it up !
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Originally Posted by KSDP_PA View Post
Please do take the time to learn how to back up your RV safely.

This will be helpful in places other than campgrounds.

And much less expensive than not safely backing it up !
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As a former trailer jockey I cannot stress enough the importance to learning how to back safely and accurately. Take the time to go to some large mall parking lot either off hours or early in the morning and practice backing up straight, and from a 90 degree angle, both from the driver side and then the blind side. The hours you invest doing this will be paid back a hundred fold down the road.
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xx10 What gadget said.You can never learn enough of this kind of stuff.Good Luck And Many Safe and Happy Miles
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Get some empty cardboard boxes and set them up in an empty parking lot to simulate entry roads and site boundaries. Need them nice and low to simulate those low bollards and rocks that people in charge use to make sure you rip the side out of your rig if you make the slightest mistake.
With a bit of practice you will be able to get yourself into and out of some pretty tight spots.

Also - and more important - get yourself and the copilot sorted out how she is going to guide you in. Her job is to cover the passengers side and the rear AND very important - overhead obstacles.

Can use a pair of CB radios to cover most eventualities but it is important that the guide keep talking all the time so you know she has things under control. Long silences aren't good.

Same with hand signals. Many guides wave their hands around as if they are feeling hot and fanning themselves. No definite signal to go left or right and utter panic when they want you to stop. No indication as to how far you can reverse before you have to stop. Others keep crossing back and forth behind the rig so you haven't a clue where they are and others always seem to end up out of sight from your mirror.

Much better to sort it out in the privacy of a large empty lot rather than having to commence your divorce proceedings in front of 50 bored campers.

Learn to adjust your mirrors by feel to keep obstacles in sight

BTW - it isn't only campgrounds where you might have to back in - or out. Many fuel stations are tight and there are plenty of other situations where you might have to back out for 100 yards with 6" either side. I know because I got into one in Durango (Mexico) yesterday.

Game changes if you have a toad behind, because it is difficult - but definitely not impossible - to reverse any distance without knowing what you are doing.
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I would never back up with a towed vehicle. Unlike trailers, the front wheels on a vehicle that is now being pushed from the front can suddenly cut to full lock and jam the tow bar. I tried it once.....................
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I clearly remember feeling the same apprehension as you when, as a newbie with a new 40DP I was terrified of having to back into a tight spot on those first few trips.

Like most fears, it turned out to be way worse than reality. Practice a bit and you'll be a pro before you know it.

In the meantime, pull THROUGHS are your friend. Problem is... you can still find yourself in a tight spot and you're going to need to develop the skills required to get out of it so that backing practice is better done sooner rather than later.

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The biggest thing with backing is to take your time. If someone is waiting don't let the pressure make you rush. If you don't think you are going right, get out and survey the situation. Pull forward, do it again. Just give yourself time to think and you will do fine.

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