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Old 05-27-2008, 05:32 PM   #15
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Hey, rjf7g: Yup....I can relate to the "deal you cut with your partner." After all..."FAIR is FAIR" she tells me. Ha!! Steve
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:10 PM   #16
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I had a camground spotter direct me into a tight site and my job was to stare out the windsheild at this guy while he directed me which way to turn the steering wheel.

He was basically backing my motorhome up like as if he had a remote control. He wanted me only to watch his direction and not my mirrors.

I trusted him but having said this, I dont like having someone else take that much control of my coach unless they are behind the wheel. I would have held him resonsible if I hit anything.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:36 PM   #17
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Since the owner was directing you he is partly responsible. He new it was very tight, he is the one responsible for properly pruning his trees so that the land can be used for a campground which includes tall and wide campers. I am tired of CGs that will not prune.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:42 AM   #18
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I worked in a large campground two years ago and this very topic came up. Both insurance companies said that since the owner had the option to accept or decline any outside assistance, the park was not liable. The owners insurance paid for the damage.
One thing they said during discussion was, who can determine at any given moment what or who was saying or doing something. That is, when I say stop, did the vehicle stop within one second or 5 seconds. Depending on how that works out would determing who was responsible at that moment in time. Best solution is to never accept help from someone that has no vested interest in you RV.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:19 PM   #19
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Its a bad day when logic and law dont marry.... this was one such day.
As compensation, I hope you didnt have to pay for the pitch or at the very least got a big discount on it.
A day of learning for newbies tho

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Old 06-05-2008, 03:03 PM   #20
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A simple phrase "....and you are accepting responsibility for anything that happens to my coach as you guide me in and out, right?" would likely have lead to a different outcome. He may have hesitated or withdrawn his offer if you said that out loud, in front of others. You would have a different legal situation, but not necessarily a different outcome.

I'm with Neil. While the captain of the ship does retain the responsibility, the pilot who comes out to guide the ship into port is legally responsible for what happens to the ship while he is commanding it.

I, too, learned a long time ago trying to back sailboats with a van the there is no such thing as getting out and looking too many times.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:03 AM   #21
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I can understand the way you feel, but I guess we are responsible for our own decisions/maneuvering. We had a similar incident at a campground and came close to the same result.
If this campground belongs to an organization, you should contact them regarding the "mistake" with your reservation. Too often lately, we have turned up at campgrounds that we've reserved months in advance, double-checked with prior to leaving on the trip, and wound up at the campground to find that they had done one of a variety of things because they were greedy and overbooked: taken pullthrus and made them backins, taken large sites (indicated in a directory such as Trailerlife) and halved them, making sites 45A and 45B, or giving away the large pullthru we'd booked and squeezing us into a different site.
I don't mean to sound negative, but it is frustrating to drive a large rig for many hours, only to arrive at a RESERVED site and have to struggle to get into/out of it. Lately, we ignore "BIG RIGS WELCOME" (because "welcome" doesn't necessarily mean "accessible") and use or check with our Good Sam campers and see what experiences they have had.
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