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Old 04-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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So, we went back to the resort for the "Grand Opening" of the new Sports Complex. Was a nice weekend and the new complex is really nice.

We reserved a spot. Not one we really wanted, but it was a busy weekend. It was a pull-thru spot on a hill. In the general area we wanted, but at a "Y" in the main road into this area of the campground. We got the toad off the trailer and dropped the trailer by the Equestrian Center, as directed. Carla took the wheel and we headed for the site.

Well, pull-thru was a stretch.

If we had brought our 32' long '89 Georgie Boy, which sets about 18" off the ground all around, we would have been able to pull right in........but we are in the 42' long '98 Overland, which rides about 12" off the ground. Tail is up at about 24" but the hitch and tail pipe hang down a bit.

First attempt:
up the hill and a left into the spot. She swung it right and turned into the spot. Front end is going in and clearing the trees, but the left rears are not hitting the drive. Left rears are in a grassey rise and spinning, leaving a nice set of ruts. Backed it out, trying to reposition a bit more to the right and came at it again. Caught on the grassy rise again. No good.

Up the hill and around the loop to the other end of the spot.

Second attempt:
Down the hill and backing in to the left. She got set up well and started backing in. Tree at right rear was blocking the path, so roll it forward, turning right, and back it in again. Cleared the right rear tree, but had to swing the front end through a 20' tall Cedar. No damage, but swung the right side mirror out of place. A little manuvering in the spot and we are positioned next to the concrete pad. Success!

Jacks down and can't quite get leveled up. Checked and left rear jack is out to the max. Site/drive breaks off sharpley, so we pulled it forward about 5' and leveled it out again. This time it worked. Power plugged in and water/sewer hooked up.

Went to put the slide out and it won't quite clear the top of the electric stand. (outside control button, easy to watch for issues). Inside and raise the jacks on the right side of the rv - now we are listing to the right. Outside and the slide now clears. Back inside and level the rv one more time. Set.

Turned out to be a GREAT spot. Nice view of the upper lake and decent shade. Traffic or noise was never an issue. 2 minute walk to the lake edge to fish. We will get it again - worth the effort.

Now it was time to leave. Closed everything down, packed up, unhooked and ready to go.

First attempt:
Tried to back out, up the hill onto the drive. Well, tail pipe (drivers side) hit the pavement so I had to repostion and try again. Trees on the left side kept me from swinging the nose to the right, so backing out is not an option.

Second attempt:
Forward and down the hill. Pulled forward, backed and repositioned and then pulled out forward. Had to go through the Cedar again (not as deep), but got out unscaithed.

Got trailer hooked up, toad on and hit the road. Home and reset.

Mike and Carla
1998 42' Overland Larado Diesel Pusher
On the road - here and there - Full Timing
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #16
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Practice, practice, practice and get "real" use to using your side mirrors and backup camera. We're only 38'. But we've comfortable fit into much smaller spaces with only "INCHES" on either side of our coach.

But then that's just me - I love backing in and a challenge while others look on. So far... so good.

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