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Old 05-19-2019, 09:20 PM   #1
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So, what do you do with your FB when you need to park it for a few hours?

We're going through Colorado Springs on friday on our way to the Memorial Ruck March in Castle Rock. We need to stop in Old Colorado City at the army surplus store to pick up some uniform pieces for our Civil Air Patrol cadets. Also, run to a couple other stores in Manitou Springs.
I would rather not have to tow our FB through those towns, especially with all the tourists.
So, what do you do with your FB is similar situations?

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Old 05-19-2019, 09:35 PM   #2
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pretty much only place I leave my trailer is in a campground that I'm staying at several nights and using as a base for explorations. if I'm stopping in a town and traveling on, I'll pull the trailer right with me, sure it makes parking a bit more tricky (my F250 longbed + E21 is about 42 feet long overall) but I have always managed so far.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:53 AM   #3
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Have to agree with John. If I'm towing I've always been able to find a place that's long enough to park although you may have to walk a bit.
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+10 Find a big parking lot, large grocery store, Walmart or whatever, and enjoy the walk.

Or hit the campground first, spend a few days, and then tour the area via your TV.

A disconnected trailer in a parking lot screams steal me.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:44 AM   #5
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Im wondering what kind of rig the OP has. Profile says currently shopping. Ive taken my Pilot+Scamp 13 into some congested areas, but if I had a crew cab pickup with a 25 Bigfoot, Id think twice. And Id never take a trailer into a downtown urban core expecting to find RV parking.

You could call the businesses and ask about RV parking within walking distance.

You could also contact RV repair shops in town and ask about dropping your trailer off for a few hours. Big ones like Camping World are your best bet.

The city website might have information about public RV parking and access to public transportation. If not, call the tourism department.

Camping nearby and making day excursions into urban areas is the best, of course.
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Im wondering what kind of rig the OP has.
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+10 Find a big parking lot, large grocery store, Walmart or whatever, and enjoy the walk.
Or Uber.

I've also found that a lot of fast food and outlet mall parking lots close to the the interstates have pull-thru spaces or room at the back for 40 footers.
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As convenient as it would be to disconnect, I agree with everyone else. I only disconnect at camp, even if that camp is a BLM or Forest Service dispersed, free-for-all area. Doesn't need to be a developed campground. But I don't leave my trailer in a Walmart parking lot (though that's possibly your better option) or anywhere else. It definitely becomes a target.

I'll also admit that I get annoyed at all the campers taking up 6 parking spots for hours at a time...but that's another topic.
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I try to just take 4 spaces, 2x2.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:44 PM   #10
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Thank you, everyone, for your replies.


I've updated my profile, forgot to do that after buying Cas.

We're not staying in a campground, or I'd unhook there. I wouldn't think about just leaving it in a parking lot. I was thinking more along the lines of a business that offers this, like a Camping World or such. We have a "son" in Colorado Springs, but taking the camper on base would be a pain.

I drove a bus for DOC, so long lengths don't bother me so much. Just thinking about being courteous concerning parking spots. Sounds like finding a shopping center nearby would be best.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:07 AM   #11
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re visiting a military base, i'd consider asking the base if they have somewhere suitable you could drop the trailer for a couple hours where it would be reasonably secure.

I've got close to the worst case fiberglass rig, a 20' long F250 longbed extended cab, and a 21 foot escape, its 41-42 feet overall, and the truck has a 62 foot turning circle curb-to-curb (not wall-to-wall). If I can find a 2x2 diagonal parking space in the outer reaches of a supermarket parking lot, I'm usually good to go. sure, I stick out a bit at both ends but by taking 2x2, I'm ensured sufficient clearance to exit. I parked in a single-wide drive-through 2x space once, and found it really tricky to get out without the trailer clipping the cars that parked next to me, so now I try and take 4 spaces so that doesn't happen. I do this as far out in the lot as I can, so hopefully noone gets perturbed.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:55 PM   #12
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Just curious, would you guys leave your trailer parked in front of your house on a reasonably quiet residential street (unhooked from the TV)?
I've been doing this for a while now, I have a Reese lock on the tow hook, and I thought I should be fine, but this post got me thinking...
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You might check your bylaws too. In our district, leaving a trailer on the street without tow vehicle attached will get you parking tickets.
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around here, if you move it every 2-3 days, you should be OK.
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