Originally Posted by ArmyofOne
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.)