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Old 05-10-2016, 07:29 PM   #61
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There you go, something to wash the popcorn down with!
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:33 PM   #62
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:55 PM   #63
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I see another competition / demolition derby coming.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:57 PM   #64
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I see another competition / demolition derby coming.
Oh no, don't let Iowa Dave hear you or I'll be getting another challenge and lose even more beer at the Mississippi Rally....
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:08 PM   #65
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What I use is looking at where the back of the trailer needs to go. If it is left, turn the steering wheel to the right. Slightly. Watch in the mirror if the trailer can be seen turning, (not turning head around).

When the trailer is headed into the site and will get where it needs to be if it goes straight on back, then turn the TV to follow it. Done.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:15 PM   #66
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I am pretty fair at backing up trailers but in no way competition grade. Unless there's food involved. When I was Parks Superintendent in Council Bluffs we were out plowing snow until noon one day in December. We had a 1964 Ford pickup with a long box and a cub lowboy tractor on a 16 foot single axle trailer. As we approached city hall, it dawned on my assistant and me that we had prepaid for a Christmas chicken dinner. I knew if we went clear to the shop to drop the trailer, all the drumsticks would be gone. There were three open parking spots on pearl street right in front of city hall. I got the truck stopped, lined the trailer up and parallel parked her in one shot. The party goers were watching out the basement windows and gave me a round of applause when we walked through the door. I have tried to parallel park a trailer several times since and never even came close. That was in 1972 so I'm still living a one time past glory and got my drumsticks.
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I am pretty fair at backing up trailers but in no way competition grade. Unless there's food involved. When I was Parks Superintendent in Council Bluffs we were out plowing snow until noon one day in December. We had a 1964 Ford pickup with a long box and a cub lowboy tractor on a 16 foot single axle trailer. As we approached city hall, it dawned on my assistant and me that we had prepaid for a Christmas chicken dinner. I knew if we went clear to the shop to drop the trailer, all the drumsticks would be gone. There were three open parking spots on pearl street right in front of city hall. I got the truck stopped, lined the trailer up and parallel parked her in one shot. The party goers were watching out the basement windows and gave me a round of applause when we walked through the door. I have tried to parallel park a trailer several times since and never even came close. That was in 1972 so I'm still living a one time past glory and got my drumsticks.
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Must be a Quartzsite thing!
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:03 PM   #69
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My best back up story happened on the Alaskan ferry. I was the second rig in and had to park all the way to the front. I was thinking "no problem" until we got to the next port and I realized the front on this one did not open. One of the deck hands came over and said " just watch me". So that is what I did and he guided me almost the full length of the ship without leaving my lane.
The second best story is whe I got caught at the end of a dead-end residential street with cars parked on both sides. That one was scary.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:44 AM   #70
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I parallel-parked the van and trailer in Banff once, but if you don't start just right, it's tough! The motorhome is much easier (just one vehicle - no trailer), but that rear end swinging right over the width of the sidewalk can easily take out streetlamps, parking meters (the ones between the two or three spaces needed) pedestrians...
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