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Old 04-01-2015, 01:44 PM   #15
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Good advice - thanks

Thank you all for your replies. As of yet, we haven't done anything more than drive it home. Towing a vehicle may come later but I need to get some "seat time in" before attempting something like that.
For now, we will probably have bicycles with us so that we could park on the outskirts of town and ride around as necessary.

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Old 04-01-2015, 02:07 PM   #16
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'Most' parking lots you can fit a 36' in two end to end spaces.
I've seen some newer lots, where everything is tighter, including the width of the lanes between parking rows !

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Old 04-01-2015, 03:23 PM   #17
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We tend to find the big malls, Walmarts, Lowes and other big box stores with big parking lots. Being 43' with a toad makes "downtown" parking more of a challenge than we want. In such cases we opt for those big parking lots and use the toad to get "downtown". For the most part, if we are making that kind of investment of time, we are spending a night or 2 in a local CG anyway.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:52 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by BigPapaYams View Post
Thank you all for your replies. As of yet, we haven't done anything more than drive it home. Towing a vehicle may come later but I need to get some "seat time in" before attempting something like that.
For now, we will probably have bicycles with us so that we could park on the outskirts of town and ride around as necessary.

Don't sweat towing your car. With modern towing equipment and automatic brakes in the road you probably won't even notice it's there. It will simple follow in your wake, not take a shortcut over curbs like you might be expecting.

Of course the real difference is that if you have to back up at all you will need to disconnect and back the toad separately. Don't back up even a little with the toad in place.
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:28 PM   #19
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There's a good reason to avoid on-street parking if you can. It has to do with the crown in the street. Sometimes, the crown can make you park leaning into the curb, where there are signs on vertical posts that can scratch and dent your rig. Also, overhanging trees can put some big dings in your rig. That said, parking lots can be dangerous, too. Some are too small and not designed for motor homes. Turning corners can get you tangled up with parked cars if there isn't enough "swing" room. Be careful!
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:17 AM   #20
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One of the reasons I got a 23H itasca navion was its size and be able to park it on the street I have to do things in the city and I asked a parking meter person how much space i take up and he said If I take up some of anything of another metered space I need to put money in both meters.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:11 PM   #21
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We drive our toad to town. If driving the MH we are changing locations and not going to appointments.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:20 PM   #22
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FWIW, I've parked our 32' Itasca on the street in Boston (picking up a relative who had surgery and needed to get back home comfortably) and NYC (joining a group at the Today Show/Rockefeller Center on a Sunday morning). In both cases we got there very early in the morning to get a good spot and leave ourselves an easy way out. Boston was much more difficult to navigate with low bridges and narrow side streets.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:26 PM   #23
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Also be aware that parking close to the curb can prevent the steps from extending properly. Getting in and out of the rv can then be an issue, or you could possible hang them up on the sidewalk.
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:58 PM   #24
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Years ago the DH parked our 23' Class C on a main street in small town in NY. While he was in the store a truck came along with a backhoe on a trailer behind; tore a 6' long gash in our side with an outrigger.

Several people told him they'd witnessed it (apparently it made a heck of a noise) but no one got a company name or license plate. Uh huh.

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Old 04-04-2015, 02:14 PM   #25
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I never park on the street, where I could be an issue with the locals. Besides, when stopped, I may want/need to get into one of the outside compartments. It makes it much easier/safer doing this in a large parking lot. Beside, I am not opposed to a little walking!
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:14 AM   #26
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We have parked on side streets in small towns, but always away from any heavily occupied area and not knowingly blocking anything. The only issue in 38 years was on the Wisconsin Door Peninsula where a hotel guest complained (I guess just on general principles. We were on a side street near the back of the small hotel parking lot and there were empty spaces around us).

As an example of the other extreme, someone posted a picture and bragged about parking their rig in New Orleans right on a main street in the tourist area and with pylons marking their "space"

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