Idiot Parking!!!

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  1. OddSocks

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    We are in Devon so we went to Waters Meet because it is a beautiful place to walk by the river and also you can get a coffee and cake and a nice sit down. Most pleasant.

    Off season so the car park is almost empty. I pick a bay long enough to park the camper in a single bay, and not across 3.

    Then some idiot comes allong in his camper - remember this car park is practically empty - and parks right up next to me!! WTF??? :Doh::Doh::shout::shout:

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    So he parks SO close I am unable to back out and go up the hill like I wanted to because I would have hit his cab. I was unable to back out and go down the hill because he has blocked my view of the road uphill, by parking right up close to me in an empty car park!!! You Bloody Idiot!

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    Seriously what is wrong with people?

    I had to have my wife stand out in the middle of the road on traffic duty so she could back me out safely. :Angry:
     
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    That'll teach you to go abroad! Did you get a one day visa at the border? :Smile:
     
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    You need to stay away longer - clearly you are not chilled out enough.

    I would have backed into the slot anyway - combat parking.
     
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    Hi
    the world is full of them same thing happened to me on the dales, his car was so close I could not open the door to get out of my van.
     
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    By the looks of it if he had parked a couple or three bays away from you and had fitted in a bay, you'd have still had problems with visibility of your own making.

    The old saying Never be a Nosey Parker is so true in this case. You should have anticipated that and backed in, that would have made your exit much safer. Never nosey park unless you really have to, reversing a long vehicle back onto the road so much more dangerous than driving off forward:thumb:
     
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    Yeah, always reverse in, then you are ready to go, most parks you can usually find a space where you let your back end overhang the grass or whatever to fit in better, also a good tip for dodgy aires:thumb:
     
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    I'll always remember somebody on local radio a few years ago complaining about traffic on his road making it difficult for him to back out of his drive - and almost shouting at the radio to ask why he didn't reverse in.

    It amazes me how many people do not reverse into their drives so that they can exit more safely.
     
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    On a less adventurous note,I was parked in the local Sainsbury's,taking supplies prior to a trip. Some pillock parks so close on my passenger side,that the door couldn't open,I think that this was malicious as the car park was half empty and the bay s/he used was at the end of a row and their wheels were on the bay dividing line. If they really wanted to make it awkward for us they should have parked in the empty bay on the hab door side to prevent us loading up.
     
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    It's like when you go into an empty toilet block to use the toilet, long row of empty cubicles, pick one at the end. Sit down, get ready and then yiu hear someone come in.
    Do they pick the cubicle away from yours ?, no some numptys pick the one right next to you.
    What is wrong with these people:Smile:
     
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    Usually because of the flipping traffic Graham!

    When you have to block most of both sides of the road to back either in or out - it can be flipping awkward.

    I freely admit I am one of the world's worst, if not THE worst, reverser. The minute I start to actually think about it, I go completely skewiff, and to my shame it's worse now than when I first passed my test. Let's face it, the corners I was expected to get round backwards at the time, I'd had shedloads of practice under expert supervision at doing it!

    It's when you meet a corner you haven't prior knowledge of, that folk like me come completely unstuck and I think what made me even worse was smacking the (brick!) gatepost here very soon after we moved in - we are on a main road whereas I lived in a very quiet cul-de-sac the previous 30 years - when I had got it down to an absolute T and it didn't really occur to me to be scared of going backwards anywhere.

    (I also used to drive around 60,000 miles a year at that time and now I do about 300.)
     
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    Greetings,

    Well that's given the OP a good bout of vitriol.

    Notwithstanding his Nosey Parking, there does seem to be a tendency for the second motorhome arriving at a car park to 'cuddle up' to the first one. (Or am I being paranoid)
     
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    .. why it's called Fun :Laughing:

    hard lesson.. but I learned don't post if you are thin skinned..
     
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    Yes Jenny, it can be awkward - but it is awkward whichever way one reverses. It is always safer to emerge forwards into traffic.

    When I learned to drive I was made aware of Highway Code rule 201 - Do not reverse from a side road into a main road.

    On checking just now I see that rule also says "When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can."
     
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    I think this particular MH is a foreign one, so possibly more used the continental aire style of parking, but I also think he might have parked there in the hope of some interaction, possibly of a more friendly content

    He also appears to be parked a full bays width away, unless the camera angle is deceptive
     
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    Even the law allows an opt out here :Doh:
     
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    frankly, I see nothing wrong the way he has parked.. (bearing in mind the car park is empty)

    He has parked facing the correct way to wheel round to make it easy to exit.. and as you say... a full bay space between him and the OP ..
     
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    It's so that if they run out of paper, they can put their hand under the door to borrow some of yours :Smile:
     
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    All it does is acknowledge the fact that, sometimes, it may not be possible to reverse into a drive :Smile:
     
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    Not on my part, a couple of weeks ago he was a newbie asking for advice, so just giving some that is obvious to mhers that have been there and done it but not so if you are just starting out:thumb:
     
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    Last time for me on a site too!

    Long row of outside facing doors at 6am, all slightly open, I pick a middle one, sit and think of something (WD40) usually ,to see what happens.
    Then I hear footsteps ,all the way up to one end , back down to me ,kept trying my door:Eeek:
    "What Do You Want" !! I shouted, --"oh sorry, thought it was empty":Angry:

    "This is the only locked door around here" I say -- so she goes in next door:Angry:

    Then I can`t do what needs doing because I must be alone to do it:cry:
     
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