Range

Range

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Feb 16, 2013
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Oxford Mills, On
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1981 C3 / 1988 C4
I made a comment about backing in to a parking stall, as I quickly learned when driving a service van, it is easier to back in than out. I have since "graduated" to a service truck, full sized 4x4 with an extended cab with a utility cap. You know the type...no windows on the back. I have a great awareness for my vehicle and its size. I can parallel park that sucker in a spot smaller vehicles have avoided. (yeah, back-up camera is amazing, but that died after about a year and a half). Ok, before I annoy you with my tales of awesomeness, I must admit, when I am in the Vette, I SUCK. The long nose, the low seating position, the manual transmission, the small mirrors. It all adds up to me looking like a douche, trying to find a spot easier to park in. I know that it will become easier with time, heck, I have only had her out a few times, but I wanted to share my shame with you......Wow, feels good to get it off my chest:seeya:
 
It's even more exciting when you have zero depth perception. Most of my fixed income now goes to:

A) Manny

and

B) Spotters throughout the GTA who can be at any parking spot within minutes to help guide me in. I also prefer the "back in drive out" parking method. It's easier on the car to gently bump a pedestrian on the sidewalk instead of a passing car.

Also with the 'vette, unlike my Altima, they always smile and say "that's OK I hope your car is fine".
 
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I made a comment about backing in to a parking stall, as I quickly learned when driving a service van, it is easier to back in than out. I have since "graduated" to a service truck, full sized 4x4 with an extended cab with a utility cap. You know the type...no windows on the back. I have a great awareness for my vehicle and its size. I can parallel park that sucker in a spot smaller vehicles have avoided. (yeah, back-up camera is amazing, but that died after about a year and a half). Ok, before I annoy you with my tales of awesomeness, I must admit, when I am in the Vette, I SUCK. The long nose, the low seating position, the manual transmission, the small mirrors. It all adds up to me looking like a douche, trying to find a spot easier to park in. I know that it will become easier with time, heck, I have only had her out a few times, but I wanted to share my shame with you......Wow, feels good to get it off my chest:seeya:

:rofl: i know exactly what you are talkin' about range. i've got a double cab 8 foot box tundra that i can thread a needle with or put a trailer anywhere you please. however in my shark i don't have clue one where the front or the back of the car is !!! :rofl: my fixed income means that most of my income goes to fixin' stuff !!!
 
Having grown up on a farm, backing things into places became second nature by the time I was ten. If you think backing a car into a space is a challenge, try backing a four wheel wagon into a barn. Try backing up a baler with a wagon attached to it to hook up to a second wagon. Now, there is a near impossible challenge even with wagons with the extending tongues.
Fixing the fender flare reminds me of the time I put fat new tires, on wider rims, on my '68 Firebird and didn't go more than ten miles before running over a nail near the outside edge of the tread. Had I been running the factory size tires, I would have missed the nail. I was thinking of wide body fenders and the bigger Z06 wheels and tires. Perhaps I should stay with what I have. I don't like learning the same lesson twice. ;)
 
now, if you all had convertibles, you could put the top down and see almost perfectly! :)
 
I always back in parking spots myself. Having the backup camera in the Vette is a blessing with the 15% tint on the windows. Wish I had one in my Grand Prix GXP too.
Thinking of installing a Curb Alert on the Vette since it's lowered too.
 
We used to call that parking by Braille. Used only in tight spaces or when you are not quite sure how big your car is.
 
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