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Old 06-27-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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As I sit in this campground on this long weekend for Canada, A humongos trailer pulled in. He tried for over 1 hr to get it parked. A crowd gathered and watched as it became a sight to see. His TV and Trailer appeared to be brand new and it seemed that he never pulled one before. During this time he managed to blow one tire as he had the unit in such an angle that i thought it would roll over. Some folks wanted to help him and they did in the end. It was a sight to behold. Glad i have a smaller unit.

There does not seem to me to be many small units on the road. Still lots of big units being pulled around.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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The fuel prices are starting to have a trickle-down effect here. On the drive to and from work yesterday there were 8 different units for sale on the roadside. 3 rvs (2 class c and 1 class A), 5 trailers with the smallest being about 24' (2 of the trailers were very large fith wheels).
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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Chester, Dh and I owned a rv-park a few years back. And that was always the entertainment. Someone who didn't know how to back in. Only happened when we were swamped cause we had a lot of pull thru's and just a few back in's. Dh always ended up backing it in for them. Some would just say, I don't know how! So we missed the evening entertainment on those occassion. LOL. Robin
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:15 PM   #4
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hey chester....when dennis and i were in the states for 6 weeks this past april, everywhere we camped we were dwarfed by huge rigs...when we talked with those folks, it seems the vast majority of them only travelled within a small radius from home due to the high fuel costs. we were always the focus of alot of attention due to our tiny size and compactness. i never failed to be so happy to be pulling our "baby trailer" as one lady called it. sure, it may be too compact for some, and sure, on rainy days it may cross our minds sometime that perhaps something larger would be more comfortable..but overall, we are thrilled to own and camp in it. how are you enjoying the escape????
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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Have to agree that watching someone else with parking problems is entertaining - when it's me having the problem, not so much fun - I've learned to wait a few hours and have a glass of wine before I try to back my trailer into my extremely narrow driveway off my street which is usually littered with cars in awkward places.

Haven't noticed more small trailers on the road yet . . . . although I have noticed a substantial increase in the number of new scooters on my daily commute into town - so I think people are starting to look for fuel-saving alternatives.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:09 PM   #6
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Hi Theresa
Escape is doing fine. Glad we have it as compared to those big units. Marie and I just watched another big 5th wheel trying to park. This is more fun than camping . I could watch these guys all day.
Marie and i went to Duncan today and did notice a large number of big RVs for sale, but still lots on road. We also talked to some of the campers here and most are only a few miles from home.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:56 PM   #7
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When we camped Memorial Day weekend there were NO big rigs in the campground. A few medium-sized TTs and 5th wheels but mostly small TTs, pop-ups and lots of tents. It was the opposite of the last time we camped there. We didn't feel nearly as small as we usually do!
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Chester, a picture is worth a thousand words. I sure would have liked to have seen that. It's hilarous watching with the fellows wife and her walkie talkee shouting at each other. Anyone can drive those big rigs. I believe that anything RV over say 20ft. should have an on road exam they have to pass. Air brakes require a course and a special license so should those who have especially monster motorhomes.
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Air brakes require a course and a special license so should those who have especially monster motorhomes.

Not all states require a private individual to test for air brakes on their motorhomes while the test is required for a CDL (commercial drivers license). I have my own CDL with the endorsement for air brake, but I'm with you, I feel anyone who drives a motorhome over 20' or a tandem rig with trailer over 20 should have testing and certification.
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Not all states require a private individual to test for air brakes on their motorhomes while the test is required for a CDL (commercial drivers license). I have my own CDL with the endorsement for air brake, but I'm with you, I feel anyone who drives a motorhome over 20' or a tandem rig with trailer over 20 should have testing and certification.
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:37 PM   #11
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My Kenworth will out haul your Freighliner and I ain't never had no air brake testing.


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I do have problems backing it into camping spots, I keep losing the trailer in the mirrors. So I end up sleeping in the cab.

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While the Kenworth looks cute, the trailer just isn't pink enough.

I couldn't remember if I posted this in the sightings file when I came across it in a trade magazine. I was kind of curious if the trailer belonged to someone from the board or not.


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i agree with you, bonnie, that anyone who drives one of those large units should have to prove, first, that they can manouver it around....my husband, who took the air brake course years ago, has said the same thing forever as he watched so many people demonstrate over and over that they are totally unprepared to operate these "tanks".
it is scary, in fact.....not to mention dangerous!!
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My Kenworth will out haul your Freighliner and I ain't never had no air brake testing.


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I do have problems backing it into camping spots, I keep losing the trailer in the mirrors. So I end up sleeping in the cab.

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