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Old 03-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hello, My name is Carol. My husband and I are new to RVing....I found this forum today while "googling" and "surfing" the net. We have a GMC Sierra and pull a Forest River XLR Hyperlite 27HFS (toy hauler). We just bought it a few weeks ago and have not had time to play. We are going to the truck race in Rockingham, NC; however, I asked for a pull through.......and explained that to the lady taking reservations...then looked at the map and realized, she gave me a spot that is NOT a pull through....with us not having experience...I don't know how that's going to work. Any suggestions on parking in tight spaces? Hope to get it there early and HOPE no one is there before us! I also don't know how to use this forum....
We are from N.C
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2. You'll get all the help ( some not so good. ) you'll need from people there. Just take it slow and easy.

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Old 04-08-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. I know how you feel. Our first trip out we were suppose to have a pull through. We got there late and all the pull throughs we already taken, so the guys at the desk was kind enough to find a spot that our TT would fit and even helped us get settled in. I think I would call back and talk to them again to see if you could get a pull through. One piece of advice is put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel so when you turn the wheel the camper will go the direction you want, take your time when doing the backing in, do not pay attention to those who are watching. I would get there early enough to you have plenty of daylight. I am sure there will be others on here to give better advice. Good Luck and have fun.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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Hi, you guys will enjoy your new RV, especially after overcoming some of the things you're uncomfortable with initially.

My advice is take the trailer to a big parking lot and practice backing. This is also a good time for the "lookout" or "helper" to get back there and practice staying in the drivers sight while giving needed direction. First, learn how to back it straight using only the mirrors (not as easy as it sounds), then how to correct one direction, then the other (still using only the mirrors).

After learning some of these kinds of maneuvers, you can practice pulling down a row and backing into some 90 degree parking spaces. Baby steps...! Nobody was born knowing how to back a trailer, they have to learn. Practice, practice, practice......
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Hi Carol! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you guys with us!

Congrats on the new rig! Hope everything works out on the trip!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Parking is a team sport. When practicing parking in a parking lot, practice hand signals. Then practice them some more. When you think you have the hand signals down, do them again. Hand signals are better than yelling voice commands.
It is the spotters job to make sure the driver doesn't wind up the subject of a post entitled " things not to do"
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Welcome & congratulations on the fifth wheel. Practice, experience is the best teacher.
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