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Old 10-08-2019, 03:39 PM   #181
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Nice

How's perfection going? Must be nice?
What's your problem?

No need to get defensive, it's all good fun.

It just happens to be the truth that some ppl are clueless at reversing vans.

I'm sure they are great at other stuff...
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I don't like to laugh at caravaner's struggling to reverse their van, whilst it can be funny its really a non event as there's only 1 person trying to get their van onto their site, eventually it happens or they give up and settle for wherever it is.
Boat ramps on fine days in summer, now that makes for real entertainment.
You get the poor skills and the accompanying angst and tantrums by the next bloke in line.
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Bent 8 that's why I get a drive thru site wherever possible. Saves angst.
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What's your problem?

No need to get defensive, it's all good fun.

It just happens to be the truth that some ppl are clueless at reversing vans.

I'm sure they are great at other stuff...
Good point! They are probably good at other stuff for sure, for example blocking traffic when they try to park on a public road as they develop their parking skills

I reckon Hayseed is spot on, surely a demonstration of proficiency for inexperienced drivers of certain size rigs isnít unreasonable.

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Under no circumstances do you get your wife to direct you into the site.
Yeah nah. I gotta put on my feminist hat there. In my entire life I've only been in a car with 3 properly incredible drivers, and my ex is one of them. I know plenty of racing drivers including a few professional ones. She could drive rings around any of them when we were younger. I guarantee she could offer clearer and more precise directions than most (if not any) men.

I have been called fast occasionally but you really don't realise how ordinary a driver you are until you've ridden alongside one of these ethereal beings.

As for the pushbikes...even on the rare occasions when they aren't _actually_ breaking the law they are certainly showing no regard for other road users. I've bent too many ears among my motorcyclist friends pointing out that even if they are in the wrong, get fined, lose their licence or even get gaoled it's still YOU that's dead or crippled. Someone really needs to let the cycling brigade in on that little secret...

Anyway, I ditched the van and now have a canopy for the AU. I'm looking at losing my flat bed trailer also. It is such a pita trying to find parking in "RV friendly" towns, and blocking all the pumps at a busy servo wins you fans...I'm planning on building a dedicated ute pod with space for a queen and separate space for air conditioner, dishwasher and combo washer/dryer. I LOVE ensuite sites. Best thing ever...

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Not quite like reversing a caravan, but there's also the reversing to hook up the tow hitch.
When I was being demonstrated a Territory before we bought the new one in 2016, the salesman showed me the "close up" button on the reversing camera screen, which makes it dead easy to line up your towball with the trailer.
He "loud-whispered" to me, enough for my wife to hear in the back seat - "We call this the Wife Eliminator!".

And to tell you the truth, she is absolutely useless at guiding a vehicle back. How many times have I called out to her "Don't stand behind the car!" when I am reversing up to a wall or another car!

Probably one of the main reasons I bought the Territory, the rev camera is brilliant.

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I bought a couple mate, then I bought more and put one on every tow bar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=62bmgwwRpyo

Less high tech than a camera but gets the job done. Oddly I always manage to get the AU ute bang on, but for some reason have a devils time getting the el sedan or the forester aligned, so the cm has saved the plastic bumpers on those 2.
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As for the pushbikes...even on the rare occasions when they aren't _actually_ breaking the law they are certainly showing no regard for other road users. I've bent too many ears among my motorcyclist friends pointing out that even if they are in the wrong, get fined, lose their licence or even get gaoled it's still YOU that's dead or crippled. Someone really needs to let the cycling brigade in on that little secret...
They even have a term for that these days. Victim blaming.
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I bought a couple mate, then I bought more and put one on every tow bar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=62bmgwwRpyo

Less high tech than a camera but gets the job done. Oddly I always manage to get the AU ute bang on, but for some reason have a devils time getting the el sedan or the forester aligned, so the cm has saved the plastic bumpers on those 2.

The "Marriage Saver" piece of good kit, certainly worth having.
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At Wentworth just near the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers.



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Well..... we *do* feel threatened.....
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Well..... we *do* feel threatened.....
Exactly, threatened by grey nomads, hoon drivers, clueless truck drivers, idiotic car drivers, drunks and druggies......did I miss anyone in the list?

PS: oh yea that ****er bicycle rider! he is the worse...Ö.

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Exactly, threatened by grey nomads, hoon drivers, clueless truck drivers, idiotic car drivers, drunks and druggies......did I miss anyone in the list?

PS: oh yea that ****er bicycle rider! he is the worse...Ö.

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As for the pushbikes...even on the rare occasions when they aren't _actually_ breaking the law they are certainly showing no regard for other road users. I've bent too many ears among my motorcyclist friends pointing out that even if they are in the wrong, get fined, lose their licence or even get gaoled it's still YOU that's dead or crippled. Someone really needs to let the cycling brigade in on that little...
Well I totally agree but good luck with that. I was clobbered the other day crossing at an intersection under a green walk signal. Old mate on his bike decided the red stop light is not mandatory and sailed straight into my shoulder as he cut the corner as he turned left. God help an elderly pedestrian or a child in the same situation. I thank Mr Newtown for a great demonstration of his second law. Itís pointless explaining stuff to him, he just rode off all embarrassed and sooky. The idiot probably thinks Newtonís laws was an old TV show and Bernoulliís theorem was a 90ís dance band.

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Cav - your niece should be wearing a helmet.
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I didnít even notice the lack of a helmet....didnít get close to that yet
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They even have a term for that these days. Victim blaming.
Doesn't change reality. You can hissy fit all you want about your "rights" and what everyone else should be doing, but if they aren't doing it the only thing between you and that wheelchair is your own self preservation instincts.

Of course that was the attitude we were brought up with in the 70's. In this age of OH&S and PC everything is someone else's fault, no matter that it's your life falling apart.
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Doesn't change reality. You can hissy fit all you want about your "rights" and what everyone else should be doing, but if they aren't doing it the only thing between you and that wheelchair is your own self preservation instincts.

Of course that was the attitude we were brought up with in the 70's. In this age of OH&S and PC everything is someone else's fault, no matter that it's your life falling apart.
you probably should have a lie down.
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Doesn't change reality. You can hissy fit all you want about your "rights" and what everyone else should be doing, but if they aren't doing it the only thing between you and that wheelchair is your own self preservation instincts.

Of course that was the attitude we were brought up with in the 70's. In this age of OH&S and PC everything is someone else's fault, no matter that it's your life falling apart.
Very true my friend. Hey..I made it past Cavs bike pic! I think I need to scroll back now!!!
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i shore this young lady is the cause of many traffic accidents and cranky wives harassing their husbands.
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So.... just got bitched out by an old bloke who brought his vehicle in for a service, no booking, just turned up.....
Why was he mad? Because I told him he had to wait because all our hoists and mechanics were already working on jobs and we needed time for his vehicle to cool down so the oil wouldnt burn the mechanic when he drained the oil....
"But I do my oil changes when its warm"
Dont care buddy..... just because you're happy to do it doesnt mean I'm going to ask my mechanics to do dangerous things....
Geez he went off!
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Not quite like reversing a caravan, but there's also the reversing to hook up the tow hitch.
When I was being demonstrated a Territory before we bought the new one in 2016, the salesman showed me the "close up" button on the reversing camera screen, which makes it dead easy to line up your towball with the trailer.
He "loud-whispered" to me, enough for my wife to hear in the back seat - "We call this the Wife Eliminator!".

And to tell you the truth, she is absolutely useless at guiding a vehicle back. How many times have I called out to her "Don't stand behind the car!" when I am reversing up to a wall or another car!

Probably one of the main reasons I bought the Territory, the rev camera is brilliant.

Cheers.
We donít have a reverse camera and on our camper we have a treg hitch so alignment is fairly critical when reversing. My wife stands Just to the side out of harms way and does a great job of giving hand signals when I am reversing.

Oh and I canít wait to be a grey nomad when I grow up. About 15 years to go.
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So.... just got bitched out by an old bloke who brought his vehicle in for a service, no booking, just turned up.....
Why was he mad? Because I told him he had to wait because all our hoists and mechanics were already working on jobs and we needed time for his vehicle to cool down so the oil wouldnt burn the mechanic when he drained the oil....
"But I do my oil changes when its warm"
Dont care buddy..... just because you're happy to do it doesnt mean I'm going to ask my mechanics to do dangerous things....
Geez he went off!
did he have his caravan on the back - just curious coz this thread is about the caravaners
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I reckon a lot here are getting confused as to what a "Grey Nomad" is, as most of them have either sold up and live full time on the road or retired just spending most of their time travelling.
Not just anyone pulling a caravan.
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I reckon a lot here are getting confused as to what a "Grey Nomad" is, as most of them have either sold up and live full time on the road or retired just spending most of their time travelling.
Not just anyone pulling a caravan.
Thats right, my grandparents (mums side) where Grey Nomads in the 60's and early 70's (it is far from a new term no matter what some may think) they retired and sold up and went on the road for 12 years before giving it up, they used to supplement there kitty by doing part time work, a grey nomad isn't someone who drags the van out once or twice a year for a 1, 2 or 3 week trip.....it's a full time lifestyle....

As far as Broome goes.......I went mining in the Pilbara in the early 80's and Broome was a popular destination for us to hit when time for a break came, the locals used to complain about us when we where there, drinking, partying and chasing the local women around.....

It's a tourist town, locals hate all tourists.......not those making a motsa from them though, they can't get enough.....i also ended up living there from 94' to 98', great place....
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