If you breathe in I think it will fit
By Judy Evans
September 24, 2018 8:38am CST
The photo is of the top of our car with the caravan on behind. It’s a bit of strange angle but I wanted to show you how little room there is each side of the caravan when it is backed into the shed. We won’t be needing it till November so we’ve put it in the shed. We’ve had it in the shed once before so we know it will fit but isn’t it rather a tight squeeze? Apart from the narrow opening, it is difficult to line the caravan up at right angles to the doorway so it gets quite tricky. I stand at the back and watch the left-hand side. If the caravan is getting too close (ie less than four inches from the door-frame, I have to yell ‘whoa’ very loudly. The camera in the car beeps incessantly because it thinks there is something much too close to the car to be safe and this, combined with Vince’s deafness, makes a very loud yell essential. I’d be surprised if the neighbours didn’t hear me although they’re half a kilometre away. But it took half as long as last time so we must be improving and there wasn’t one cross word between us so all is good with our world.
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@JudyEv To reach the main road from our garage, we have to go through our pretty narrow private road, that is between two hedges. The car beeped all the time and it was impossible to know if there was an obstacle or if it beeped because "something was too close".
I can relate to seeing items parked in tight spaces. Growing up I remember my Dad having garages built, but as soon as he'd start moving equipment in, it was always interesting because he usually had bought newer equipment, which meant larger in size. I remember he had one large workshop/implement shed built for his new combine. When he finally went to park the new combine for the first time at the end of the harvest season, he found that the ramp leading up to the far door hadn't been packed down enough (that was his excuse) and he had to let air out of the tires to get the combine into the garage. It had nothing to do with the gravel being too large a stone on the incline into the garage, it had everything to do with the door not having enough clearance for that monster of a machine. The next time he went to upgrade that, he had a company in to take down the second and third levels of the old barn, and convert it into a huge garage. Mission accomplished!
@JudyEv They encounter that with the farm equipment. They have to be ready to buy accessories to tow the large wide headers that take up 2 lanes of the roadways. When my Dad was alive he figured out how to make a type of towing device for a corn or wheat header for his combine. He loved to weld things from scratch without a pattern, and once he had one, he had a lot of other farmers asking him where he got it and how much he spent on it.
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Not far out from the shed is a bit of a bank and you need to keep to the one side or the step digs into the earth so that makes it all a bit more difficult. But Vince is very good at backing. I think he is quite proud of his prowess really as we never seem to pull up anywhere except that we have to do a bit of backing.