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Old 05-10-2016, 11:59 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by Brian B-P View Post
I parallel-parked the van and trailer in Banff once.....
Having to park with my work trailer in residential areas on a regular basis, I have had no choice but to learn to do this. Not too though with a bit of practice.

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Old 05-11-2016, 12:56 AM   #72
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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.
Oh, I remember that ferry. You'll be driving straight on, he said, and then straight off through the other door.

By the time we loaded plans were changed. It was on and then turn 90* When we reached the next port it was: back up and turn 90* until the rear of the trailer was out the open door high over the water, then work my way back and forth until I could drive out the other side door. They were annoyed with me because I kept glancing in my mirrors instead of watching the crew guy guiding me. Sorry but I have this old fashioned idea that, in the end, it's me who gets to make the final decision on what's to do or not to do.

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Old 05-11-2016, 01:13 AM   #73
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Not on the same scale, but I was directed by BC Ferry crew to the top vehicle deck. That was discovered to be a bad idea when the canoe atop my vehicle ground to a halt on the deck above the car deck.
Had to unload the canoe, drive to the other end, retrieve the canoe and tie it down.
I was advised to make a claim at the terminal, but the damage was slight and I didn't want to waste my time. Canoe was a Frontiersman, which might explain my attitude.
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:38 AM   #74
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Suddenly, my interest in camping on Vancouver Island is quite diminished... 😳
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:06 AM   #75
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Originally Posted by Greg A View Post
General Question; Is the 19 easier to back up than the 21? I'm finding that the 19 is the easiest trailer I've ever backed into spots with, but I've not pulled anything but Scamps and a 17B, and it's easier than all of those.QUOTE]

My view is that the greater the distance between between the ball and the trailer axle, the easier it is to back up. Much more forgiving.

I've had a short m/c trailer that was lethal to back up and long boat trailers that were a dream to back up.

On that basis I'd say the 21 might be a tiny bit easier to back up than a 19 but maybe not enough to even notice.

After towing the 19 first for a full year and the 21 next for 2 years, with the same tow vehicle, I feel the 19 is a little bit easier, both in towing and maneuvering parking spots. The smaller footprint allows a little bit more turning in tight spaces. Over the road with the added weight the 21 seemed more cumbersome and the added width a bit more wind conscious. Both these changes were minimal but still existed.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:42 AM   #76
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Golly Ron and gBags, those are great ferry stories. My only issue with ferry riding up your way is the fare.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:16 AM   #77
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Our decision to take our new 21 on the Alaska Marine Highway is now seeming not so well planned. Well, we will either learn how or our new 21 won't be so new at the end of a week!
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:36 AM   #78
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Good luck Mary. Easy as she goes.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:58 AM   #79
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Took me about 4 weeks before I was a pro (comfortable) backing into most spots when new. Of course, every day helped.

Now this sophomore year, it took about 5 days to get back in the saddle.
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Good to remember that it's not like riding a bike. Need to practice.

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