How did I forget

jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,869
Northern Virginia
I closed my camper early in the season last year as finding available campgrounds was impossible. I have since temporarily moved to my parents house so I can help them deal with mom’s cancer. I got the call for my covid shot back home and decided why not kill two birds with one stone. So took my camper out of storage found a campground close to home. Figuring I can do much needed yard work at my house, get my covid shot and air the camper out and camp all in one weekend. Good intentions, but gosh darn how in the world did I forget how to back my camper in 8 months. Didn’t help there was a tree in the worst possible place and couldn’t swing the car like I wanted without hitting it. My spot was just big enough for my camper with hardly a drive way for the car so I’m blocking the road. Took me what felt like forever to get it reasonably in my spot. Only to discover my leveler is no longer in its storage spot. I ended up downloading an app on my phone which told me I was spot on. I open the camper up and discover my water bottle rolling telling me one tire is low. Oh well I was all set up, I just won’t use the fridge. Thankfully my camper only had minor mildew stains but wasn’t much worse for wear. Considering I haven’t seen the camper in 8 months. Saturday early morning I drove to my house to get all the yard work done just in time for my shot appointment. Then drove back to camp. Took a much needed nap, had a small fire, read a book and just chilled the rest of the evening. Then came time to hook the camper up Sunday morning , but had trouble getting lined up to the hitch more worried about where my car is to that dang tree then how close I was to the hitch and overshot. Times like that I really wish I have a spotter. Finally roll out to the storage yard and have to back in my tight spot with two TT close by. Struggled badly then for some crazy reason my car had a glitch and my horn kept on blaring while I’m trying to back up. Got me all flustered and my backing went all to heck after that. Thankfully i finally got it in and I didn’t hit any campers and after shutting the car down and restarting it my horn fixed itself. Geeze to think after 7 years towing in only 8 months of a break and I forgot how to back up in tricky spots. Something I can usually do in a couple tries. Oh well it’s parked for however long. I haven’t made any plans this year knowing my mom needs me. I do need to get back out to the camper again so I can give it a deep clean and redo my caulking, but I’m satisfied knowing I had no big issues. I have a couple small mods in mind, but can’t work on either at the moment. Felt good to get out camping again, gave my body a breather it needed although backing sure stressed me out more than I wanted.
 

kitphantom

Super Active Member
Platinum Supporting Member
Dec 26, 2009
13,934
Albuquerque, NM
I'm glad you got a chance to get out, even if it wasn't the relaxing time you hoped it would be.
I always feel like I have to relearn how to do everything, from towing on up. Our off-season break is long this time, almost 6 months since any trip. It has been since last June since I towed and did set-up/take-down, so my May trip might be interesting.
 

Sweetpea

Active Member
Mar 31, 2021
219
St. Paul, Minnesota
I closed my camper early in the season last year as finding available campgrounds was impossible. I have since temporarily moved to my parents house so I can help them deal with mom’s cancer. I got the call for my covid shot back home and decided why not kill two birds with one stone. So took my camper out of storage found a campground close to home. Figuring I can do much needed yard work at my house, get my covid shot and air the camper out and camp all in one weekend. Good intentions, but gosh darn how in the world did I forget how to back my camper in 8 months. Didn’t help there was a tree in the worst possible place and couldn’t swing the car like I wanted without hitting it. My spot was just big enough for my camper with hardly a drive way for the car so I’m blocking the road. Took me what felt like forever to get it reasonably in my spot. Only to discover my leveler is no longer in its storage spot. I ended up downloading an app on my phone which told me I was spot on. I open the camper up and discover my water bottle rolling telling me one tire is low. Oh well I was all set up, I just won’t use the fridge. Thankfully my camper only had minor mildew stains but wasn’t much worse for wear. Considering I haven’t seen the camper in 8 months. Saturday early morning I drove to my house to get all the yard work done just in time for my shot appointment. Then drove back to camp. Took a much needed nap, had a small fire, read a book and just chilled the rest of the evening. Then came time to hook the camper up Sunday morning , but had trouble getting lined up to the hitch more worried about where my car is to that dang tree then how close I was to the hitch and overshot. Times like that I really wish I have a spotter. Finally roll out to the storage yard and have to back in my tight spot with two TT close by. Struggled badly then for some crazy reason my car had a glitch and my horn kept on blaring while I’m trying to back up. Got me all flustered and my backing went all to heck after that. Thankfully i finally got it in and I didn’t hit any campers and after shutting the car down and restarting it my horn fixed itself. Geeze to think after 7 years towing in only 8 months of a break and I forgot how to back up in tricky spots. Something I can usually do in a couple tries. Oh well it’s parked for however long. I haven’t made any plans this year knowing my mom needs me. I do need to get back out to the camper again so I can give it a deep clean and redo my caulking, but I’m satisfied knowing I had no big issues. I have a couple small mods in mind, but can’t work on either at the moment. Felt good to get out camping again, gave my body a breather it needed although backing sure stressed me out more than I wanted.
so sorry that happened, it's sure as heck gonna happen to us, a lot!!
 

Sweetpea

Active Member
Mar 31, 2021
219
St. Paul, Minnesota
I'm glad you got a chance to get out, even if it wasn't the relaxing time you hoped it would be.
I always feel like I have to relearn how to do everything, from towing on up. Our off-season break is long this time, almost 6 months since any trip. It has been since last June since I towed and did set-up/take-down, so my May trip might be interesting.
Best of luck. Ours is in May also
 

neighbormike

Super Active Member
Gold Supporting Member
Oct 6, 2012
4,092
WI
We all gotta brush off the surface rust once in a while lol... important thing is you got out camping and did back in successfully... even if it took a little longer than normal! I had a heckuva time backing last summer - mid season lol... I have a hard time backing in pouring rain... only upside was no one was out to witness it! I was literally laughing out loud at myself!
 

Sweetpea

Active Member
Mar 31, 2021
219
St. Paul, Minnesota
We all gotta brush off the surface rust once in a while lol... important thing is you got out camping and did back in successfully... even if it took a little longer than normal! I had a heckuva time backing last summer - mid season lol... I have a hard time backing in pouring rain... only upside was no one was out to witness it! I was literally laughing out loud at myself!
That will be us, reassuring to know that seasoned folks like you guys have trouble sometimes. My husband had to go down a very long driveway with our boat, when we had a family cabin, it was long and hard, I had to walk away he'd get upset so it was better I did. He's usually very even tempered.
 

Camping Party of 2

Active Member
Nov 4, 2020
374
NC
We just got back from our trip this weekend.. went well for us but... not for the guy that came in after us.
He finally got his camper in to the spot, then leveled it. At that point his DW went in to the camper to get things setup inside.
He started to pull the truck forward and we heard this loud noise.. he left the chains attached and pulled forward.. His DW came out yelling at him.. then the poor guy was so rattled as he was backing up so he can take the chains off he hit the hitch with his truck.
 

kenquagliana

Member
Nov 12, 2013
97
Baltimore, MD
Watching people back in is always the best form of campground entertainment!! I'm sure me and the wife have contributed to a few laughs. The main thing is to just stay calm and KNOW backing issues happen to all of us at one point or another, and sometimes frequently. Damn trees!!
 

Musictom

Member
Gold Supporting Member
Feb 13, 2021
97
We've only owned our PUP for a bit over a month, and gone on two trips. Having said that, there is no way I would try and backup without my wife on the phone/walkie talkie, telling me "driver ... driver, straight.. passenger, straight -- stop!". Her directions make me look like I know what I'm doing, haha!
 

vagov

Super Active Member
Aug 13, 2012
5,218
Pittsburgh, Pa
Just blow the dust off and keep going. Next time won’t be so stressful, I had a similar situation backing in my spot once, a spot I backed into many times over.,thought I was doing everything right except my approach angle was different, made a world of difference
 
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hayyward

Active Member
Silver Supporting Member
Sep 16, 2006
318
Packerland
Bless your mother's heart and yours, you're a good daughter to care for her like you are. Best wishes to her.

I get that backup brain disconnect too sometimes. It seems like the worse it gets, the worse it gets. The more flustered we become the less likely we're going to get it right, especially if there are people who may be watching! And you know they are, we all do, right? Sometimes it makes for good stories. :laugh: When I get to that point, I get out of the vehicle, walk around the whole rig to re-group, get a visual of where I intend to go, take a deep breath, get back in and start over. That usually helps.
 

Ladiesman

Super Active Member
Feb 6, 2018
840
Last weekend I was backing a yard cart with my mower, wow did I feel stupid. I was getting embarrassed it was so bad. Had to regroup idle back and not over steer. The more mad we get the more we turn the wheel and over correct its just what we do.
 




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