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Fort Wilderness camping spots

SetterFan

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Are there any staff members who help with backing in fifth wheel trailers since there don’t appear to be any pull-through spots? How would I reserve that service if it even exists?! We’re new to the “towed” world and had motor coaches to last two times we stayed at Fort Wilderness - easier to back up!
 

Club Cooloholic

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Are there any staff members who help with backing in fifth wheel trailers since there don’t appear to be any pull-through spots? How would I reserve that service if it even exists?! We’re new to the “towed” world and had motor coaches to last two times we stayed at Fort Wilderness - easier to back up!
Oh I am curious about this myself! I was at a campground last month and after trying for 15 mins and tying up traffic had to circle around, did it again...another 20 mins had to circle again..this time was able to park it lol, was so hard due to trees and not a lot of room in front. I say practice practice , I doubt due to liability Disney will offer a backup driving service, but there is a good chance that if you are seriously struggling some other campers will lend you a hand, and maybe even drive it in for you.
 

epcotisbest

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Oh I am curious about this myself! I was at a campground last month and after trying for 15 mins and tying up traffic had to circle around, did it again...another 20 mins had to circle again..this time was able to park it lol, was so hard due to trees and not a lot of room in front. I say practice practice , I doubt due to liability Disney will offer a backup driving service, but there is a good chance that if you are seriously struggling some other campers will lend you a hand, and maybe even drive it in for you.
Yes, fellow campers will help and are usually happy to do so. I have witnessed this a couple of times.
 

Commander Buzzy

New Member
If you call the front desk, they can call security to come aasist. Not aure how much they will actually assist though due to liability. But worth a shot to call.
 

allidog1

Active Member
There are no pull through spots. I would start practicing, but everyone is nice and if they can willing to help guide you.
 

bugsbunny

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As a a fellow 5th wheel owner, I understand your worries. However, also as a fellow 5th wheel owner, you NEED to be able to handle things like this....period. Not to preach, but you need to go practice somewhere and feel confident in your abilities to handle the trailer forward and backward. It is inevitable you will end up in a situation you did not expect and backing out might be the only way to exit it. So nevermind a campsite, what happens if you need to backup somewhere else? A closed road, down tree, etc?

And ALWAYS backup with a spotter you can see in your mirrors! Rearview cameras help, but are no substitute for a spotter. I see in a lot of trailer forums/groups where people think getting a "backup" camera turns parking a trailer into a 1 person job. It might see things directly behind the trailer, but doesn't let you know if you about to catch an overhead wire, your trailer wheels are going off the pavement, an unsupervised kid zipping by on their bikes, etc. It is an absolute team effort and the driver is only as good as the spotter ;)

So hitch up, go find a big shopping center parking lot on an early Sunday morning, and practice. You can do it! Just get some practice in and the confidence will come with it! 👍
 

hakunamatata

Make The Universe Balanced Again
Premium Member
As a a fellow 5th wheel owner, I understand your worries. However, also as a fellow 5th wheel owner, you NEED to be able to handle things like this....period. Not to preach, but you need to go practice somewhere and feel confident in your abilities to handle the trailer forward and backward. It is inevitable you will end up in a situation you did not expect and backing out might be the only way to exit it. So nevermind a campsite, what happens if you need to backup somewhere else? A closed road, down tree, etc?

And ALWAYS backup with a spotter you can see in your mirrors! Rearview cameras help, but are no substitute for a spotter. I see in a lot of trailer forums/groups where people think getting a "backup" camera turns parking a trailer into a 1 person job. It might see things directly behind the trailer, but doesn't let you know if you about to catch an overhead wire, your trailer wheels are going off the pavement, an unsupervised kid zipping by on their bikes, etc. It is an absolute team effort and the driver is only as good as the spotter ;)

So hitch up, go find a big shopping center parking lot on an early Sunday morning, and practice. You can do it! Just get some practice in and the confidence will come with it! 👍
This. We took a wrong turn headed to the fort and ended up down an access road to the employee parking at Wilderness Lodge. (GPS took us on a road it thought was still there). After about ten minutes of no answer at the un- manned security entrance I was about ready to have to back my rig out and down about 500 yards and onto a main road to get turned around. Luckily someone finally answered the intercom and opened the gate and I was able to turn around in the parking lot.
 
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