I will probably laugh about this is a few years but just re-thinking about it has my BP on the rise! The incident that I refer to in Les's blog goes something like this...
We drove the camper to Calgary to park it for the winter. We pulled into Les's back lane only to find it fully blocked by a moving van...it parked on one side of the lane with it's ramp fully extended over the oncoming lane...
Joe stopped, I said I would run down and ask them how long they would be...that way Joe would back out of the lane before he got down too far... I talked to the first one I seen, he wasn't the driver but he said at least 30 minutes but he would check with the truck driver. I turned and signed 30 minutes to Joe, still at the top of the lane. The driver showed up, I spoke to him and then turned to tell Joe we should back out and come in the other direction. Wasn't I totally shocked to find Joe and camper had crepted right up the the road blockage!
Well one thing led to another...Joe listened to the home owner who was getting the furniture delivered and the truck driver and his associates...Joe didn't listen to me.
Well it got ugly...The camper got STUCK up against the moving van and this guy's cedar fence! I was ugly at the point. The guys were saying Go - you're clear when I could see we weren't! I told Joe to put the truck in park and hopped between the truck & camper to access the damage! Yes there was damage.
In the end, I talked to Joe, ignored those other'experts' and we decided to jack up the trailer, unhitch the truck, pull the truck forward and then back up and rehitch at a sharper angle. This way when we moved the truck it would pull the trailer off the fence. While we did this, the guys put their backs up against the trailer while the moving van driver inched his unit forward a foot.
Final result...We got the trailer off the fence, no damage to the truck. The trailer's corner trim was ripped off a bit but we can repair that with a little patience and longer screws. The home owner has a fence rail to reattach to a 4 x 4 corner post and has some lovely scrape marks on his fence. He may be able to sand that out, or live with it!
Like I said earlier...I can feel my BP going through the roof just reliving this enough to explain how our weekend went! Joe just doesn't want to hear anything more about this. Gee I wonder why?
On the plus side, we had a great visit and got the chance to deliver the baby furniture to Heather & Jeff's place. Lesley & Aaron bought them the oak change table and Joe & I bought the dresser and the crib that turns into a headboard/footboard once the baby is much older. Now I'm excited about the Thanksgiving weekend when we go down to actually start putting the nursery together! No back lanes for Joe and we will be fine!