On the verge...
Updated: Oct 4, 2020
I'm on the verge of actually buying a campervan now... just a few wee jitters before I do.
It's amazing how, every time I go out now, my head is not turned by the sporty little zoomers flashing their cash/egos around, but to those smart upright vans. My sister thinks it's amazing the way I can detect now which ones are work-a-day and which ones are lived in... she's getting mighty bored with me pointing them out to her!
Anyway, I have a couple of questions.... how on earth do you park in a supermarket?
Here were some of the responses I got:
SAM: Most supermarkets and bigger car parks have bays near the back that bigger vans can fit. And if they don't either go across 2 bays or park somewhere else. You will have to get used to not being able to park on top of the place you are going like you can in a car
VINCENT: I've got lwb and I park at the edges where I can reverse the back wheels on to the soil so front don't stick out
ADAM: Like above you sometimes will have to straddle a couple of spots and also you'll need to get to know the exact size of the van so you can make use of the whole space. You might need to find a spot where the front or rear can overhang a kerb
ANDREW: Usually find spaces as far away from the door as possible. People hate carrying shopping too far.
NICK: 2 saves if needed
OSSIE: I’ve got this beast, she’s 7’ wide and about 15’ long. At supermarkets I park as far from the door as I can as most people are too lazy to walk so there’s more spaces. If I can pull through two spaces (end to end) then I do. If it’s single rows of spac…See more
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DAVE: Always think about how to get out from a spot
LEVI: I've got a blue badge so I just dump it and run (well hobble lol ) and you can't get much more LWB than this lol. I also tend to be very deaf when people like car park little Hitler's come chasing after me.
KAYE: You've actually made my day! Will have to let my hair go grey and leave off plucking the chin hairs... do you think that might suffice?
LEVI: Add a couple of carrier bags and a cat. No one will bother you again lol
VINCE: Park away from the market but still in the car park. They all want to be in and out quick. that is not really the van life. if you park a long way away no-one will bother if you have a space and a half. plus some places have van and trailer spaces . just google earth the car park. :)
MARK: Paint 'High-priority delivery' or 'SWAT team' on the side, and make it look very official, and you'll get to park anywhere you want. 😀
KAYE: I like the 'SWAT Team' approach! Won't get me into my place of work though - or with some difficulty perhaps!
RICH: Get a cheap rear view camera from EBay, once fitted go and play at an empty carpark till you know exactly where all the edges are, you will surprise yourself what you can actually park in.
SHANE: I often overshoot my space and allow the tail to encroach into the space behind. Usually though just overshoot into the verge around the edges though.
SIMON: i just take 4 spaces. just means i can turn to pull out.(just)
MARK: You develop a knack for spotting slots you can fit in just remember bad parking gets us all tared with the same brush. As for making it harder we are finding more places to park as towns realise we may have money to spend
OWAIN: Reverse into a spot where you can hang your arse over some grass
GLENN: Hanging your arse over the grass is the correct answer, with your rear wheels at the curb your nose will not stick out, the other advantage is when backing into a spot you have the opportunity to see where you will be backing (avoiding squishing children) and when you leave you can safetly pull out. People will often not give you a brake when trying to back a vehicle with limited rear visibility out of a parking spot.
DAVID: I've found it easy. But sometimes people with small cars (especially the fatter people) make a point of opening their doors onto my van. I leave the dash cam on now pointing towards the passenger side as this has led to some awkward situations
PAUL: Ok on parking a big van I have a transit jumbo the longest they make. Parking is hard in car parks what I do is find a space near flowers or grass so the overhang of the backgend goes over it. This then keeps my front end in the space. WARNING LOTS OF CARPARK COWBOYS FINE YOU IF YOU STICK OUT .
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