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Old 02-29-2012, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ArmyofOne View Post
Oh, I never told you guys...but about 30 minutes after I bought my Ram, my wife backed it into one of those poles at Wal-Mart. Just a light tap and a nice crease in the center of the bumper...ALMOST dead center.
The day after we brought our 2nd gen home I backed it into a spot at our usual sunday brunch and hit the stubby part of a former palm frond on a palm tree. Holed the tail light nicely.

So far so good with the 4th gen - parksense and backup camera are helping. The mirrors, otoh, are worthless..........

For the OP: The real trick is learning how to back the truck into tight spaces. Pulling in nose first is just worthless, the angles are all wrong. Backing up you can (adjust the mirrors as needed) see the corners of the truck, the lines of the spot, and the cars beside you. much easier to get the truck squared into the spot. Just have to learn to judge how far back to go - don't be afraid to jump out and check until you get familiar with it.

Of course, parking out where there are no cars is the default answer.

At work these days it's been fun squeezing into a tight parking deck that -might- have a compact car spot open. (10 minutes of driving to hit the other, larger, deck, less than a block away. 10 minutes of round-and-round-and-round that is.)
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Backing into a spot just seems to work so much easier. Especially if you have the backup camera. Plus makes for an easier out.

Originally Posted by LT suss View Post
So I picked up the new Ram Friday and spent all day Saturday running errands on and off the interstate and around town. The truck drove like a dream. Parking, on the other hand, was more of an issue than I imagined it would be.

It seemed like every shop I pulled into had a parking lot designed for Smart cars and Fiats. One spot took me about 4 tries, and I almost backed over a Prius in the process.

All of that confirmed that I'm going to get a backup cam installed when I do the new stereo/HU.

What I'm wondering is, for all of you that went from driving a mid-size sedan to a truck, how long did it take to get comfortable with just whipping into a spot on the first try? It gets easier, right?
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