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Monday, November 11, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Navigating the perils of RV parking

This pillow says it best: Parking can be a major pain point for couples traveling together. (Leslie Kelly)
This pillow says it best: Parking can be a major pain point for couples traveling together. (Leslie Kelly)

We weren't trying to eavesdrop, but the conversation grew louder with each failed attempt to maneuver the fifth wheel trailer onto its hitch at the campsite next to ours. 

Stop, stop, STOP, the woman hollered at her husband. Earlier, he confessed they were new at this thing called RV life, and that backing the rig into a spot was proving to be a huge challenge. "You have to turn the wheel the opposite way that you expect," he said. Yeah, better you than me, I responded.

As we roll down the road, the subject frequently comes up about whether we might want to swap out our 23-foot Class B+ motorhome for a tow-behind. That combo offers the bonus of having a vehicle available to explore or run errands after you set up camp. But, then again, there's that pesky parking problem.

We've developed a system that largely relies on hand gestures to guide the driver into a site. A friend of mine bought walkie-talkies for the task, a tool that's proved useful. 

Do you have any suggestions on how to make parking an RV less stressful? Well, besides practice, that is. We'd love to share advice, so send us your tips at goingmobile@spokesman.com.



Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.